Chelsea held on for pricey life and took an enormous stride in the direction of Champions League qualification with an exhilarating 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
In a sport stuffed with screamers and controversy, Palace refused to lie down regardless of discovering themselves two-goals down twice.
The Blues went in entrance in contentious vogue when Willian performed on regardless of former Chelsea participant Gary Cahill pulling up with a hamstring damage.
Though terribly unlucky for Palace, most pundits have been agreed the Brazilian was proper to take action, and Olivier Giroud made no mistake with the cutback.
Chelsea appeared out of sight when Christian Pulisic netted a screamer to proceed his shiny restart, however then Wilfried Zaha made the American’s strike look abnormal.
The Ivorian scored his first Premier League purpose in 16 matches with a thunderbolt from 30 yards – although questions will linger over Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Palace have been within the ascendancy for a lot of the second-half, however Chelsea caught them on the break to revive their two-goal cushion via substitute Tammy Abraham.
However the hosts weren’t executed but – and made it sport on as soon as once more by going up the opposite finish instantly to half the deficit via Christian Benteke.
Palace hit the submit and Kurt Zouma made an astonishing last-ditch problem, however Chelsea held their nerve to get via the final ten minutes, and they’re going to keep third tonight until Leicester beat Arsenal.
On the different finish of the desk, Watford took an enormous stride of their very own, however for them it was in the direction of security with a 2-1 victory over Norwich.
In a quick begin, Emi Buendia put the guests forward on 4 minutes earlier than Craig Dawson cancelled it out six-minutes later.
After which Danny Welbeck stole the present with a shocking overhead kick, which could simply have condemned Norwich to subsequent season within the Championship whereas giving Watford an enormous survival increase.