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Chillwell stars as Chelsea hit four in second half show

Chelsea turned it on in the second half to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Ben Chilwell scoring and assisting on his Premier League debut for the Blues.

Chelsea struggled to break down Palace’s low block in the first half, despite having all of the ball, but got their breakthrough just after the break as Chilwell slammed home from eight yards as the visitors failed to clear (50).

Chilwell was involved in the second as his cross from the left was brilliantly headed home by Kurt Zouma (66), before Jorginho slotted two penalties (78 and 82) after Tammy Abraham was brought down by Tyrick Mitchell and Mamadou Sakho had tripped Kai Havertz.

The result means Chelsea bounced following disappointing results against Liverpool, West Brom and Tottenham, while Palace now have two wins and two defeats from their first four.

How Chelsea turned it on to break stubborn Palace

Frank Lampard selected his 21st different defensive line-up in 42 Premier League games as Ben Chilwell made his league debut for Chelsea, but they were untested in the first half as the hosts had all the ball but no bite.

Timo Werner was forced to drop deep and even swap wings with Callum Hudson-Odoi as Palace sat deep and defended well, and on one rare occasion Chelsea did break through Kai Havertz, team-mate Werner couldn’t capitalise as his first-time effort was comfortably saved by Vicente Guaita.

Chelsea improved in the second half, however, and got the crucial breakthrough through Chilwell on his Premier League debut; after Sakho failed to clear, the ball fortuitously fell to Chilwell on the half volley on the left of the box, and he slammed the ball past Guaita left-footed.

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