A nightmare for Chelsea as they trail against Crystal Palace at halftime

By Emmanuel Mendez

A nightmare for Chelsea as they trail against Crystal Palace at halftime

An amazing strike by Crystal Palace's Jefferson Lerma gives Palace the lead.

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Chelsea are losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League. Chelsea dominated possession at the start of the game. They looked very comfortable in the game, as Crystal Palace had everyone behind the ball. Palace started to get more into the game as the home team pressed Chelsea in their half.

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Crystal Palace tried some crosses in the Chelsea box, but it led to no danger or a shot. Palace tries to create some chances when they have the ball, but they rush with it. Chelsea recovered the ball quickly and continued to pass it; they were in full control.

The first shot on target arrived in the 22nd minute of the game. Despite controlling the game, Chelsea were close to conceding first. Malo Gusto gives the ball away and passes it to Crystal Palace’s striker, Mateta. Mateta was in the box and tried a low curled shot, but it was a tame shot straight to Petrovic’s hands.

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Lerma scores a screamer to give Crystal Palace the lead against Chelsea

In the 30th minute, the opener for Crystal Palace arrived. After Madueke failed to pass to Caicedo, Tyrick Mitchell tackled the ball, and the ball fell to Jefferson Lerma. Lerma moves the ball to the side of him and takes a right-footed shot that goes past Petrovic and into the top right corner of the net. It was an amazing strike from the Colombian midfielder, and Palace took the lead.

Palace looked the more dangerous side on the pitch despite not having a lot of possession. Palace kept pressing the Chelsea team, leading to counterattacks and more chances. More shots from Palace were taken in the half, while Chelsea did not take any shots until late. In the 45th minute, Conor Gallagher takes a shot in the box that goes wide past the left post.

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