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Chelsea crash at Palace, City held by Arsenal

Published: Saturday 29 March 2014, 20.32CET
Chelsea FC's Premier League title hopes took a huge dent as they lost at Crystal Palace FC while Manchester City FC only drew to boost the chances of Liverpool FC who play on Sunday.

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Published: Saturday 29 March 2014, 20.32CET

Chelsea crash at Palace, City held by Arsenal

Chelsea FC's Premier League title hopes took a huge dent as they lost at Crystal Palace FC while Manchester City FC only drew to boost the chances of Liverpool FC who play on Sunday.

Premier League leaders Chelsea FC suffered a major setback in the English title race after John Terry's second-half own goal sent them crashing to a 1-0 defeat in the London derby at Crystal Palace FC.

Chelsea's brief going into the 16.00CET kick-off at Selhurst Park had been to extend their one-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool FC – home to Tottenham Hotspur FC tomorrow – at the summit. However, 16th-ranked Palace deservedly went in front through John Terry's 52nd-minute intervention. It prompted a second successive away defeat for José Mourinho's men and signalled Palace's first scalp of the Stamford Bridge club in 24 years. Liverpool can claim pole position tomorrow.

Manchester City FC themselves missed the opportunity to go top as Manuel Pellegrini's team could only draw 1-1 in the evening match at Arsenal FC. Three points away to the fourth-placed Gunners would have put City first on goal difference but Mathieu Flamini restored parity early in the second period following David Silva's 18th-minute opener. City, in third, remain two adrift of Chelsea and one behind Liverpool, albeit with two and one games respectively in hand on their championship rivals.

Manchester United FC, in seventh, came from behind to win 4-1 at home to Aston Villa FC in the lunchtime fixture. Ashley Westwood put Villa ahead with a free-kick but Wayne Rooney nodded in Shinji Kagawa's cross and made it 2-1 from the penalty spot just before half-time. Juan Mata's first goal for United – a low finish after good work from Marouane Fellaini – then gave under-fire manager David Moyes a welcome cushion, with Javier Hernández's last-gasp tap-in completing the victory.

Southampton FC beat Newcastle United FC 4-0 with strikes either side of the interval from Jay Rodriguez and Ricky Lambert, supplemented by an Adam Lallana belter and a second for Rodriguez, to leapfrog their visitors into eighth position. Home advantage also told as Stoke City FC made it three straight wins, Peter Odemwingie's solitary second-half effort felling Hull City AFC.

There was a crucial victory for Swansea City AFC, 3-0 at home to Norwich City FC, Jonathan De Guzmán's double and another from Wayne Routledge enabling them to move above Norwich into 13th spot.

Further down the table West Bromwich Albion FC surrendered leads of 2-0 and, at the death, 3-2 – and with it the opportunity to head towards safety – in a 3-3 home draw with third-bottom Cardiff City FC. Jordan Mutch and Steven Caulker nullified early goals by Jordan Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans, before Thievy Bifouma's apparent stoppage-time clincher was instantly cancelled out by Cardiff's Mats Møller Dæhli.

Last updated: 29/03/14 23.55CET


English Premier League 2013/14

Last updated: 29/03/2014 20:23 CET


ArsenalArsenal1-1Man. CityMan. City

Flamini 53

Silva 18

Venue: London


Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace1-0ChelseaChelsea

Terry 52 (og)

Venue: London



Rodriguez 45+1, 89, Lambert 49, Lallana 70

Venue: Southampton



Odemwingie 62

Venue: Stoke



De Guzmán 30, 38, Routledge 75

Venue: Swansea


West BromWest Brom3-3CardiffCardiff

Amalfitano 2, Dorrans 9, Bifouma 90+4

Mutch 30, Caulker 73, Dæhli 90+5

Venue: West Bromwich


Man. UnitedMan. United4-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Rooney 20, 45 (P), Juan Mata 57, Hernández 90+1

Westwood 13

Venue: Manchester