Cesc Fabregas Nets First Premier League Goal For Chelsea In 10-A-Side Match vs. Crystal Palace


Jun 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas (10) dribbles the ball against El Salvador at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cesc Fabregas scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea against Crystal Palace. The ancillary Spaniard is usually featured under the assist column of the stat sheet, but he keeps showing that he could do it all for his new club.

In his last game against boyhood club Arsenal, Fabregas defended like it was second nature, causing all sorts of problems for the Gunners. Late on in the game, he found Diego Costa with a sublime long ball which led to a goal, and a 2-0 victory for the Blues.

Fabregas has been such a revelation, in a Premier League season which has seen the arrival of Costa, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, he could prove to be the best acquisition of the summer. He certainly makes a fool of Arsene Wenger with every match he gets under his belt.

Chelsea went ahead on a stunning free kick from Brazilian midfielder Oscar. It was a lively game from the beginning, with both teams getting their chances in the opening minutes.

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  • Things got even wilder when both sides were reduced to 10 men only three minutes apart. Cesar Azpilicueta was shown a straight red for a reckless challenge on Mile Jedinak, but Palace failed to make use of the advantage as Damien Delaney was promptly sent off after receiving a second yellow for a silly foul on Loic Remy.

    The visitors burst out of the blocks in the second half, totally blitzing the Palace defense. Eden Hazard — who probably should have scored — caused the Eagles no end of problems on the left flank as Chelsea probed for a 2-0 cushion.

    The goal would come in the 51st minute after a series of passes — 18 to be exact. Fabregas found Oscar on the edge of the box and continued his run, the Brazilian returned the ball with a neat one-touch pass, leaving Fabregas plenty of time to beat keeper Julian Speroni with a well taken shot of his right foot.

    “The second goal is pure art for me – and collective art which is even better for me than individual, I thought the game against Burnley was our goal of the season but this one is even better. As a collective movement for sure it is the best goal of the season. The combination was absolutely beautiful.”- Jose Mourinho

    Palace would pull one back through a Frazier Campbell goal but Chelsea held on to their 2-1 advantage to see the game out.

    After eight league games the Blues are still unbeaten, leading to speculation of an invincible campaign. Eight games aren’t enough to go on, but Jose Mourinho’s men don’t look like they will be dropping many points this season. The team has taken on a brand of artistry and flair; with Fabregas in the mix, it would be hard not to imagine Chelsea running away with the title.