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Abraham ends drought as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace in five-goal thriller

Chelsea secured all three points in a thrilling 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring early at Selhurst Park after being set-up by Willian, who was given a free run into the box as Gary Cahill went down with a match-ending injury.

Christian Pulisic made it 2-0 when he jinked past Joel Ward on the edge of the box to find a yard of space before firing a rasping strike through the inside post of Vicente Guaita.

But a stunning 30-yard strike from Wilfried Zaha got Palace back in the game to set-up a fearsome second-half.

That was until Tammy Abraham ended a run of nine games without a goal to restore Chelsea's two goal advantage, courtesy of a deft assist from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Blues' recent defensive problems were highlighted again when Christian Benteke was allowed to peg one back only minute later.

And Palace came within an inch of snatching a point when Scott Dann's header bounced off the inside of the post before the scrambling Chelsea defence cleared the ball.

Frank Lampard's side would hold on however as Chelsea moved into third place on the Premier League table, one point ahead of Leicester, who could only manage a draw against Arsenal.

Speaking after the game, Lampard said: "There were moments in the game where our game-management wasn't great.

"At 2-0 we can dominate that game and finish it. When we went 3-2 up we had chances to finish the game and were sloppy.

"But at this point, three points is the critical thing."

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