Updated December 28th, 2023 at 07:52 IST
Madueke's late penalty hands Chelsea 2-1 win over Crystal Palace for a rare home victory
As the record 20-time English league champions attempt to reverse a ten-year on-field slide, Manchester United supporters know that 2024 will be anything but dull.
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Substitute Noni Madueke bailed out a misfiring Chelsea side with a late penalty to secure a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday for a rare home victory in 2023.
Just as it looked like Chelsea's inefficiency up front would cost it again, Madueke was tripped by Eberechi Eze inside the area and stepped up to the spot himself to send goalkeeper Dean Henderson the wrong way in the 89th minute.
It secured just a sixth home league win of the calendar year for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which used to be a fortress under Jose Mourinho and several managers after him but has been anything but under Mauricio Pochettino and his three most recent predecessors from last season.
Chelsea has not found any kind of consistency under Pochettino, who was forced to name the club's youngest-ever starting lineup for a Premier League game following a slew of injuries and suspensions.
The hosts started well, though, as they largely dominated the first half and took the lead through Mykhailo Mudryk in the 13th minute. But they missed several chances to double their advantage before Michael Olise equalized just before the break.
Pochettino's team continued to control possession in the second half but Nicolas Jackson missed their best chance to restore the lead in the 74th when the struggling striker lifted the ball wide after he was played clear through on goal.
Jackson then thought he had scored just minutes later when he steered in a cross into the box but he was ruled offside after a VAR check.
Referee Michael Salisbury initially waved play on after Eze's challenge on Madueke but was eventually called to the pitchside monitor by his VAR assistant to review the incident, and then pointed to the spot.
Chelsea is provisionally in 10th place after 19 rounds, with Palace now just three points outside the relegation zone in 15th.
Published December 28th, 2023 at 07:52 IST