Crystal Palace claim surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

first_img Press Association Chelsea secured the title with a 1-0 defeat of Palace on May 3 but the Eagles were triumphant on this occasion, stunning the hosts just when they thought Radamel Falcao had got them back into the game with his first goal for the Blues. Joel Ward popped up to restore the lead, after Bakary Sako’s opener, as Palace earned a 2-1 win – their first at Stamford Bridge since 1982. Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home match as Chelsea boss saw a second loss as Crystal Palace claimed their first win at Stamford Bridge in 33 years. Palace have now won eight of their 10 away matches in the league under Pardew, who has three victories against Mourinho in the last two seasons. Mourinho played down the significance of statistics ahead of his 200th Premier League contest and 100th at Stamford Bridge, insisting three points was all that mattered. But the Blues were unable to add to his record of 76 wins in the previous 99 home games as Palace emulated Sunderland’s April 2014 success. Mourinho may have complained of the nature of the Black Cats’ success – his resentment at the officiating still lingering – but Palace were deserved winners to move second behind Manchester City. Chelsea are eight points adrift after four points from four games. Mourinho had said there was no “drama” after Chelsea’s start, but it is clear there is plenty of work to do. Mourinho’s men have not kept a clean sheet in eight matches since winning the league against Palace and appeared porous at the back once more, with the suspended John Terry replaced by Gary Cahill. Their next match is at Everton on September 12 and it remains to be seen which Blue shirt Toffees defender John Stones will be in. The champions have intimated they will not make a fifth bid after a fourth offer of £37million was rejected. Everton did not confirm the offer. Connor Wickham scored in Sunderland’s win at Stamford Bridge and was included as Palace’s solitary change following their victory over Aston Villa. Palace wore black armbands due to the death of Yannick Bolasie’s father. The winger returned on the bench. The Eagles did not roll over in May and again refused to be cowed, as demonstrated by some physical exchanges, with Diego Costa often the target. Pedro shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box before Palace had two fine chances. Sako, the match-winner against Villa, was denied by Thibaut Courtois, who next saved when Yohan Cabaye was played in one-on-one by a fine Wilfried Zaha run. Alex McCarthy made saves in quick succession from Costa and Cesc Fabregas, with Pedro unable to direct the third attempt goalwards. Costa believed he was fouled in the box by Damien Delaney early in the second half. Referee Craig Pawson turned down the appeal. Sako tried to tee up Wickham before sending Palace into the lead himself. He stayed on his feet when Cesar Azpilicueta slid in to react to Bolasie’s cross and the ball sat nicely for Sako to net. Falcao equalised with a fine header from Pedro’s cross, but Palace immediately responded. Bolasie crossed to the back post where Sako had the presence of mind to centre the ball for Ward to head in and complete a memorable win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “What a proud day to be associated with @CPFC well done the manager the team and the supporters, amazing result. #cfc 1=2 #cpfc.” – Former Palace striker Mark Bright was full of praise for the current players and staff after a memorable win. https://twitter.com/Mark__Bright/status/637654832539660289 – @Mark__Bright PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 8 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Gary Cahill: 5 Kurt Zouma: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Nemanja Matic: 5 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Pedro: 7 Willian: 5 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 6 Subs Radamel Falcao: 7 Kenedy: 6: Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6 Crystal Palace Alex McCarthy: 9 Joel Ward: 7 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 8 Pape Souare: 6 James McArthur: 6 Yohan Cabaye: 6 Bakary Sako: 8 Jason Puncheon: 7 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Connor Wickham: 6 Substitutes: Yannick Bolasie: 8 Lee Chung-yong: 6 STAR PLAYER Sako: To think the former Wolves forward was available on a free transfer this summer and Alan Pardew had to be persuaded by Palace chief Steve Parrish to sign him. Two starts, two match-winning goals for the Mali man. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Ward: Moments after Falcao’s fine first Chelsea goal, the right-back popped up in the hosts’ six-yard box to head in the decisive goal. What he was doing there, no-one knows. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Pardew picked a physical side who were more intimidating than intimidated. With Chelsea less than convincing so far this term, he was determined to exploit their fragility and did so. So unhappy with his defence is Mourinho that he threw on forward Kenedy at left-back. Falcao scored soon after his introduction, but Chelsea could not equalise. MOAN OF THE MATCH Chelsea’s defeat is likely to be the focus, rather than Palace’s success. There are plenty of questions for the champions to answer. Palace’s first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982 was deserved, though. WHO’S UP NEXT? 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VIRAL: Lionel Messi’s son’s adorable reaction steals the show at his dad’s Ballon d’Or win

first_imgREAD: Lionel Messi’s Son Reacts Adorably To Dad’s Sixth Ballon D’Or; Steals Show At CeremonyMateo, son of Messi, certainly couldn’t contain his excitement and happiness when his dad received the player of the year award. The gesture is a winning heart across the internet. Mateo with his innocent reaction proved that he is the biggest fan of star Barcelona striker. The video was shared by #BallondOr on their Twitter account and was viewed more than 3 million times. The netizen was awestruck at Mateo’s adorable reaction. READ: Ballon D’Or Highlights: Lionel Messi Crowned The World’s Best Player For A Record 6th TimeThe Ballon d’Or 2019 ceremony just concluded on Monday night and as expected, Lionel Messi scooped the award for the sixth time in his career. The Barcelona forward had stiff competition from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk but eventually prevailed with the Dutch defender taking second place on the podium. Pragya Puri 9 months ago Megan Rapinoe continues her glorious year with a Ballon d’Or WATCH US LIVE First Published: 3rd December, 2019 16:26 IST 😆 When your dad became the 2019 Ballon d’Or ! #ballondor pic.twitter.com/E1WMm0fkCT— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019 LIVE TV FOLLOW US Leo #Messi wins #BallonDor number 6️⃣❗️— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 2, 2019 Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 16:26 IST VIRAL: Lionel Messi’s Son’s Adorable Reaction Steals The Show At His Dad’s Ballon D’Or Win Lionel Messi’s son Mateo was captured in an adorable moment when his dad received the Ballon d’Or. The video is winning hearts across the social media 9 months ago Lionel Messi nearly hit by umbrella thrown by Atletico fan after scoring late winnercenter_img 9 months ago ‘Greatest of All Time’: Fans rejoice after Lionel Messi wins his 6th Ballon d’Or WE RECOMMEND Messi last won the award back in 2015 and has now 6 Ballon d’Or awards, leaving his Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo behind at 5.READ: ‘Greatest Of All Time’: Fans Rejoice After Lionel Messi Wins His 6th Ballon D’OrREAD: Lionel Messi Wins Record Breaking Sixth Ballon D’Or, Overtakes Ronaldo 9 months ago Ballon d’Or highlights: Lionel Messi crowned the world’s best player for a record 6th time Written By The crowd couldn’t stop applauding when playing legend Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the 6th time in Paris on December 2. However, his biggest fan and youngest son stole the show with his undeniably adorable reaction when his dad held the trophy aloft. Messi’s son winning hearts on the internet with his reaction During the ceremony, when the announcement was made that the winner of the Ballon d’Or is Lionel Messi, the cameras captured the reaction of his four-year-old son. He was seen sitting in the red chair, and after the announced was excitedly bouncing up and down on his seat. There was a huge smile on his face and he tugged at another kid who was sitting beside time.  9 months ago Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or Honours SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img read more

Annabell makes a fast start to 2017

first_img Girl international Annabell Fuller made a fast start to her 2017 season when she finished runner-up in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational on Florida’s Orange Blossom tour.But afterwards the 14-year-old and her family had a wry smile about the result. Her father, Ashley, reports: “After coming second six times last year we had a little smile as we started again as runner up, although this felt more like a win.”Fuller, from Roehampton in Surrey, enjoyed an excellent 2016, winning the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, making her debut in the England girls’ team and grabbing all those second places, which included the runners-up spot in the Scottish U18, U16 and U14 championships.She carried her form into the New Year and was in contention throughout the Harder Hall, finishing on three-over par for the 72 hole event. She was five behind the winner and a stroke ahead of third place. The Harder Hall provided a showcase for English talent with British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) finishing 10th while Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) was 15th.Fuller’s plan for the week was to attack the course and take advantage of her length. She went for all the par fives in two and also attacked the par four second hole, taking driver each day for a 220-yard carry over the swamp forest. The risky strategy paid off in the second round with a chip-in eagle two.At the start of the final round Fuller was tied third and six shots behind the leader and her plan was more aggressive play to overwhelm her rivals. The plan was working as reached the first two par fives in two and birdied both holes, reducing the deficit to four shots.But then, heavy rain set in and she had to halt the charge and focus on getting the ball round. “Annabell played great golf all week, the only negative being the putts didn’t drop which eventually cost her the tournament,” said Ashley. “As her father I was extremely proud how composed she was all week in different conditions with long rounds of five-hours plus, this is something she has really worked on.”Fuller’s older sister, Sammy – a women’s international – had been due to play in the tournament but had to pull out after an emergency tonsil operation.The Fuller sisters are members of the England girls’ squad while Lamb and Price are in the England women’s squad.Click here for full scores 9 Jan 2017 Annabell makes a fast start to 2017 last_img read more