In a thrilling encounter, Chelsea clinched a last-minute 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, thanks to Noni Madueke’s penalty heroics. Despite an early lead by Mykhailo Mudryk, Michael Olise equalized for Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Madueke’s 89th-minute penalty, earned by his efforts, provided a much-needed victory for Chelsea, breaking their recent spell of three losses in four top-flight matches. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s lavish spending hasn’t shielded the team from 19 league defeats in the challenging year of 2023.
The loss adds pressure on Palace, now precariously perched just three points above the relegation zone, with coach Roy Hodgson feeling the heat.
Chelsea’s dominant first half, marked by several chances despite missing key attackers Sterling and Palmer, set the stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s strategic move of giving Ian Maatsen his first top-flight start showcased promise, but Palace fought back, equalizing through Olise before half-time.
Although Chelsea’s initial energy waned, Madueke’s late penalty, amidst VAR controversies, sealed the tense victory.
The win provided a glimmer of hope for Chelsea amid their struggles, leaving fans relieved as they held on against Palace’s late surge.