The English Premier League club, Crystal Palace, recorded its first victory in ongoing season on Saturday, defeating the defending champion, Chelsea, 2-1, to mark a back-to-back lose for the Antonio Conte-led team.
It would be recalled that before the international break, Chelsea, was defeated at home, Stanford Bridge, losing 0-1 to Manchester City.
During the encounter at Selhurst Park watched by 25, 480 spectator, the bottom team, Crystal Palace, frustrated the Londoners, Chelsea, from sticking to their game plan, forcing them to make errors which resulted into the first goal (an own-goal) by Spanish defender, Cesar Azpilicueta, at 11 minutes.
Another defeat to nil would have set an unwanted English league record at nine, including one at the end of last season, but Selhurst Park erupted early on when an Andros Townsend cross crept past Thibaut Courtois via a combination of Yohan Cabaye and Cesar Azpilicueta.
But seven minutes later, Tiemoue Bakayoko was given freedom within Palace half to head home his first Premier League goal and level the scores.
Meanwhile, as the defending champion strive to stamp their authority against their opponent, Wilfried Zaha, who returned from injury, inspired the team to their first victory when he scored shortly before the break, at 45 minutes, with a cool finish.
An inevitable second-half barrage arrived from Chelsea and Cesc Fabregas lashed an effort against the crossbar, but Palace clung on for a priceless victory.
It marks another disappointment for Conte, whose side were beaten 1-0 at home by Manchester City last time out and the Blues now trail Pep Guardiola’s league leaders by nine points.
Despite the victory, Palace remain bottom of the table, seven points adrift of 17th, but the return of Zaha, sources said, could possibly give Roy Hodgson renewed optimism.
Zaha would be providing Palace with fresh attacking impetus and he forced Courtois into an early save after collecting Townsend’s low left-wing cross and turning Gary Cahill in the area.
Chelsea then lost Victor Moses to a hamstring injury before their misery increased on the stroke of half-time.
Mamadou Sakho powered deep into Chelsea’s half and fed Zaha, who brilliantly jinked inside Azpilicueta before placing his shot across Courtois into the bottom-right corner.
Chelsea upped the tempo early in the second half and Fabregas’ stinging 25-yard drive beat veteran goalkeeper Julian Speroni – playing in place of the injured Wayne Hennessey – but rattled the bar.
The visitors continued to create the better second-half chances and Marcos Alonso looped a header over from Willian’s corner just after the hour before Pedro’s long-distance drive was saved by Speroni.