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Zaha gives Palace first victory as Chelsea lose again

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LONDON (Reuters) – Crystal Palace claimed their first points of the Premier League season and condemned Chelsea to their second successive defeat with a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The champions have now lost three of their first eight league games and fallen nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City, while Palace have three points but remain bottom. A scrappy Cesar Azpilicueta own-goal handed Palace the lead in the 11th minute, but Chelsea levelled seven minutes later when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in a Cesc Fabregas corner. Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, on his return from injury, restored the home side’s lead with a close-range shot on the stroke of halftime, and a lacklustre Chelsea were unable to equalise. Palace had made the worst ever start to a top-flight campaign, and sacked manager Frank de Boer after four games, but have finally got some points under new boss Roy Hodgson.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)
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