[Sport] Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea: Pulisic scores twice as the Blues lash the Eagles


With a resounding victory over Crystal Palace, Chelsea reclaimed their place in the Premier League’s top four.

After being defeated 5-2 at home by struggling West Bromwich Albion last weekend, the Blues quickly made amends, scoring twice in the first ten minutes, during which the overwhelmed home side barely got a kick of the ball.

Kai Havertz curled in the first goal before turning provider and setting up Christian Pulisic for a close-range goal into the roof of the net.

On the half-hour mark, Kurt Zouma rose highest to head in a Mason Mount free-kick, effectively ending the game as a contest.

And the visitors could have had more before the break if it hadn’t been for Vicente Guaita’s excellent goalkeeping and Patrick van Aanholt’s goalline clearance to clear another Zouma effort.

With 25 minutes left, Christian Benteke headed in Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross to cut the deficit, rewarding Palace’s improved second-half performance, but Pulisic’s far-post finish from Reece James’ cross ended any hope of an unlikely comeback.


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