Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea celebrate after a slender 1-0 win over Crystal Palace means that they are crowned champions of the Premier League. Getty Images

That is just about it for our coverage of this one, but we will have confirmation of Chelsea's title success up on IBTimes UK shortly.

Make sure you join us for a blow-by-blow account of Manchester City's visit to Tottenham and White Hart Lane here.


As if it was ever likely to be in any doubt, Chelsea have done it. Mourinho's side have been comfortably the most dominant team in the Premier League this season and they certainly deserve the title after leading the way at the top for most of the year.

Pundits and rival supporters may not always have liked the manner in which they have approached certain games, but the fact that they have been crowned with three games still left to play vindicates that style entirely and quite simply it is up to the rest of the division to find a way to stop them.


Chelsea are champions



Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace


The full-time whistle is imminent with two minutes of added time having now expired. Filipe Luis comes on for Hazard.


Nervy times for Chelsea as Palace look to shoot from a corner but Zouma deflects Zaha's effort wide after captain Damien Delaney fails to make contact with a swing of his right boot.


That is to be Willian's last contribution of the afternoon and he is replaced by Zouma as Chelsea seek to hold their lead with three holding midfielders now on the pitch.


Another warning for Palace as Willian shows a great change of pace, runs across the edge of the opposition penalty area before firing wide. Kurt Zouma is preparing to enter the fray.


Two chances for Chelsea to put the result beyond any doubt go begging as Fabregas floats a lovely ball into the path of Ivanovic, who squares it for Cahill.

The England centre-back's shot is blocked and Ivanovic loses composure and blasts the rebound skyward.

Drogba then scuffs a disappointing effort wide after Willian had created space on the right-hand side.


Palace have the ball in Chelsea's penalty area but Zaha puts too much on an attempted sliding pass through to Sanogo and the opportunity is wasted. 15 minutes remaining.


A final change for Palace as Yaya Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, takes to the pitch in place of Puncheon and will presumably partner fellow substitute Murray with Zaha and Bolasie looking to provide ammunition out wide.


Under 25 minutes remaining and it looks like Chelsea are cruising towards the title. Drogba tries to find an opening for a second goal but neither he nor Willian can work the space for a shot and Palace survive.

At the other end, Puncheon shoots wide of Courtois' left-hand post.


Mikel attempts to find Drogba with a long ball over the top of the Palace defence but it runs too quickly for the veteran striker to collect. Fabregas then rolls a ball across the face of the six-yard box but no-one is there to apply the finishing touch.


Ivanovic then shoots wide from distance and Mikel fires at Speroni with a rare attempt on goal after exchanging passes with Drogba.

Palace prepare to make their first substitutions of the afternoon in order to try and get back on a level footing. Martin Kelly is coming on for Mariappa and Murray replaces Mutch.


A slightly hairy moment for Ivanovic as he trips when attempting to deal with a Bolasie cross but the Serbain does enough to clear his lines. A quiet start to the second half with nothing of note having happened in the first ten minutes.


It looks as if Mikel is going to sit in alongside Matic with Fabregas pushed slightly further forward.


One change at half-time for Chelsea as John Obi Mikel replaces Cuadrado. Mourinho looking to protect that slender lead already?

The second 45 is now underway.


That was not the prettiest of halves from Chelsea, but they will not care about that one jot after Hazard's opener and they now have 45 minutes left to negotiate before being confirmed as champions.

Palace have had their moments and Zaha is a threat. They could have had a penalty themselves after Terry's handball and they will no doubt feel aggrieved with Hazard's efforts to win one of his own.



Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace


Chelsea take the lead as half-time approaches. Hazard wins a rather soft penalty after running through the middle of McArthur and Mariappa but sends a tame spotkick straight at Speroni.

Luckily for the Belgian, the ball deflects back to him and he is able to head home the rebound to calm a few nerves around Stamford Bridge. That is his 14th Premier League goal of the season.


Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (Eden Hazard)


Willian releases Azpilicueta on the left-hand side but he cannot pick out Drogba with a lofted cross and Speroni claims.

Palace then surge forward but Courtois cuts out a ball from Joel Ward.


Frustration for Palace as Terry tries to prevent a break by fouling James McArthur in the centre circle. The ball falls kindly for Yannick Bolasie, but referee Friend fails to play advantage and blows his whistle before the attack can develop further.

Terry joins Dann and Ivanovic on a yellow card.


A period of pressure for Chelsea as Willian sets off down the right-flank and feeds Fabregas. The Spaniard then exchanges a neat one-two with Drogba before finding fresh air as he pulls back to shoot. The ball falls to Azpilicueta but his effort is wild and does not trouble Speroni.