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CHELSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE: Eagles upset champions at Stamford Bridge

Crystal Palace continued their brilliant start to the season with a last-gasp victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's Eagles made it three wins from their opening four matches with a 2-1 result over the reigning champions at Stamford Bridge - their first triumph there in 33 years.

Bakery Sako made it two in two for the South Londoners when he fired home in 65th minute before Radamel Falcao grabbed his first Blues goal when he headed home Pedro's cross with just over 10 minutes remaining.

But Joel Ward bobbed up with a winner nine minutes from time when diverting Sako's clever cross past Thibaut Courtois to condemn Jose Mourinho to a loss in his 100th Premier League home match.

The win saw Palace move up to second having remain undefeated in their four matches while last season's league winners find themselves 13th with just four points.


Chelsea: 1 (Radamel Falcao 79')
Crystal Palace: 2 (Bakary Sako 65', Joel Ward 81')
Stamford Bridge, London - 41,581

Debuts: CHE - Kenedy (club and league)


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Chelsea head to Everton in search of a much-needed win on September 12 as Palace look to continue their winning form with a home fixture against league leaders Manchester City on the same date.



Chelsea's Mourinho on his side's performance against a deserved Palace:

"My team, I think we deserved more. I don't want to say we deserved to win, because it's not true. (But) I prefer to go in this order, when I say Crystal Palace first."

Palace boss Pardew on the fine result:

"As Crystal Palace manager, this was my best performance of the team that I've seen. Not because of the victory here, but because of the manner of how we played."

*Thanks to Opta


Goals - Five players all on 1
Assists - Pedro Rodriguez 2
Yellow cards - Five players all on 1
Red cards - John Terry, Thibaut Courtois 1

Goals - Bakary Sako, Joel Ward 2
Assists - Jason Puncheon, James McArthur 2
Yellow cards - Yohan Cabaye 2

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