Late Madueke Penalty Helps Chelsea Beat Palace2 min read
Noni Madueke scored an 89th-minute winner from the penalty spot to help Chelsea overcome Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
The hosts deservedly went in front in the 13th minute after good work from Malo Gusto ended with the full-back squaring the ball to Mykhailo Mudryk to net from close range.
But Palace levelled on the stroke of half-time when Michael Olise brought down Jordan Ayew’s cross and smashed an effort into the bottom corner.
Chelsea created numerous chances throughout, and it looked as if Mauricio Pochettino’s men would pay for their wasteful finishing for a second consecutive match.
Nicolas Jackson thought he had scored in the 77th minute when he poked in Thiago Silva’s deep cross but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled the forward was just offside.
But Chelsea got the break they needed in a tense finale when the VAR spotted Eberechi Eze had fouled substitute Madueke just inside the area and the England Under-21 forward expertly sent Palace keeper Dean Henderson the wrong way from the spot.
Chelsea wasteful, but enjoy home comfort.
Chelsea were certainly good value for their win, even if it appeared wasteful finishing would be the theme for the Blues as it has been so often this season.
Pochettino’s side could have taken the lead minutes before their early opener when Ian Maatsen went through on goal and his effort deflected off Henderson and was cleared off the line by Tyrick Mitchell.
The hosts continued to provide the greater threat after Mudryk’s strike, with the Ukrainian forward forcing Henderson into a diving save, Christopher Nkunku heading over from close range and Jackson dragging another effort wide.
They even had an early penalty shout when Nkunku went down in the box under pressure from Chris Richards, but the VAR upheld referee Michael Salisbury’s call to dismiss Chelsea’s appeals.
Henderson also did well to palm away Nkunku’s cross in the second half, with Jackson lurking behind him, and substitute Armando Broja struck the side-netting.
And Jackson wasted a glorious chance with 15 minutes left when he burst through on goal, but dinked his finish off target.
The victory was just Chelsea’s sixth at home in the Premier League in 2023 as they moved up to 10th in the table.
Palace without a win in eight
Palace have not won since 4 November and Roy Hodgson’s side are now just three points above third-bottom Luton Town, who have played one game fewer.
They may have been second-best for much of the match, but the Eagles still had several opportunities after the restart and had more shots overall than their hosts.