Chelsea snatched a late goal to return to winning ways in the English Premier League thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s goal. The Moroccan International scored a last-minute winner as Chelsea edged past Crystal Palace on their return to Premier League action.
Hakim Ziyech Scored Late Goal to Chelsea beat Crystal Palace
The London side last played in the top flight almost a month ago when they defeated Tottenham 2-0, and have had a week’s rest since winning the Club World Cup last Saturday. It looked like they would be frustrated by their hosts but Ziyech popped up at the back post to stroke in a delightful volley from substrate Marcos Alonso’s cross.
Moroccan Ziyech had converted earlier in the second half when he swept home following Jack Butland’s save, but was judged offside after VAR checked and found Romelu Lukaku in the offside position. Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had made good saves in the first half from N’Golo Kante’s effort and Antonio Rudiger’s long-range thunderbolt before the Palace goalkeeper was taken off at half-time because of injury.
The hosts, meanwhile, did not have a single shot on target in the entire game both Michael Oliseh and Wilfried Zaha failed to work Edouard Mendy from promising positions.