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Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town: Mounie sends Town top

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  • Town wins PL return debut
  • Mounie scores in each half
  • Palace outshoots Town 14-10

A Steve Mounie brace propelled newly-promoted Huddersfield Town to a stunning 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Frank De Boer‘s Selhurst Park bow only saw one ball go into the goal via a Palace player, a first half Joel Ward own goal.

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The opening moments almost provided hysteria for the visiting fans, as Tom Ince met Tommy Smith’s cross only to hit a shot right at Palace backstop Wayne Hennessey.

And up the Town! The newly-promoted side’s first Premier League marker came off Palace’s suspect back line, with Ward getting the final touch of a Mathias Zanka attempt.

The second half saw promise from Palace, and Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossi did very well to stymy a Christian Benteke effort.

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Behind the Badge: Jason Puncheon, Damien Delaney, and Joel Ward talk Crystal Palace

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As part of NBC Sports’ Behind the Badge series that provides an inside look at the Crystal Palace squad, a few players have opened up about their past, their road to Selhurst Park, and their future ambitions.

Defenders Damien Delaney and Joel Ward, and attacker Jason Puncheon, all open up to NBC Sports about their career paths, childhood idols, and much much more.

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First up was Delaney, who had an amusing story on how he made his way to Crystal Palace, a moment which came during a crossroads in his life.

Joel Ward opened up about growing up in the church, mixing faith and football, and how it isn’t difficult for him to stay involved while also juggling his professional soccer career.

29-year-old Jason Puncheon, who has over 100 appearances for Palace, talks about growing up in Croydon, England, why Ian Wright was his inspiration and much more.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal: Towering Sanchez header caps flying game

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Alexis Sanchez, on his first start of the season, gave Arsenal its first win of the year when he rose high above Joel Ward to crash home a powerful header 10 minutes after halftime, directed into the net by the wayward leg of Damien Delaney for an own-goal.

The win for the Gunners is a quality one, needed to relieve the pressure of an opening day loss to West Ham last weekend.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring early with an eye-popping volley, but it was cancelled out by a Joel Ward strike before the half-hour mark.

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The first 10 minutes were a whirlwind, with Palace using their pace to try and push Arsenal’s high-powered attackers back into their own half. It nearly did them in, however, as the Gunners missed a pair of brilliant chances.

Mesut Ozil found Olivier Giroud in front of goal on five minutes but the French striker couldn’t get a shot off as he bobbled the ball under pressure. Just two minutes later a deflection off a Palace corner led to a 3-on-2 Arsenal break as Ozil worked with Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean – making his first start of the season – was also victim of a bad touch and saw his shot rejected off the line.

The Gunners seized control and pummeled Alex McCarthy’s goal early, and finally got a reward after 16 minutes. Giroud made up for his earlier mistake by producing a stunning volley on a cross from Ozil.

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Palace immediately looked stunned, but never let up and equalized 12 minutes later. Yannick Bolasie found James McArthur inside the top of the box, and the midfielder touched back for Joel Ward who ripped the ball inside the far post from distance.

Giroud nearly had another stunner but his little backheel flick past the 35-minute mark was well saved by McCarthy. Francis Coquelin gave the Gunners a scare when he picked up a booking in the 41st minute and could have had another just four minutes later but the referee let him off after chopping down Wilfried Zaha.

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Straight after halftime it was the home side with the bright start and the first chance as Connor Wickham hit the post from a tight angle. Despite Palace’s rejuvinated intentions, Arsenal retook the lead on 54 minutes. Sanchez rose high above Joel Ward to get a powerful header on towards the far post, and Damien Delaney’s futile attempt to block ensured the ball struck the back of the net.

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As time ticked down, Palace threw players forward in a whirlwind finish, but it would not amount to a second equalizer. The Gunners grab their first points of the season, while Palace are pegged back despite a positive performance against a quality side.

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week – Stars of Matchweek 19

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Watch the video above to see who made it into the PL Team of the Week for their displays during Week 17.

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Hugo Lloris first-half performance was nothing short of heroic as he helped Tottenham Hotspur to a point against Manchester United.

Ron Vlaar and Joel Ward were the anchors for their respective teams’ defenses en route to a pair of clean sheets on Sunday. Meanwhile all four midfielders in this week’s Team of the Week got themselves on the scoresheet, helping their sides to three wins and a draw.

And the goalscorers? The three marksmen in this week’s team combined for four goals, leading their respective teams to a win and a pair of draws.

Matchday 19 – Premier League Team of the Week (Formation: 3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders: Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

Forwards: Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United), Ashley Barnes (Burnley), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City)

Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea: Palace shock Blues

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Chelsea may have just lost out on the Premier League title, thanks to an own goal that handed all three points to Crystal Palace. Should Manchester City and Liverpool both win this weekend, the Blues will fall down to third. Palace fans, meanwhile, will rejoice at being four points into safety.

There may have been just two changes from the Chelsea side that beat Arsenal 6-0 last weekend to the one that started at Selhurst Park, but they looked miles apart.

There was very little intensity from the visitors during the first half, which began with a shot from David Luiz that went well over the goal. José Mourinho, perhaps mindful of the upcoming match against PSG, favored Frank Lampard over Oscar, but the midfield looked rather sloppy, and Palace looked the side in control.

Around the thirty-minute mark, Palace missed a great chance to take the lead, with Jason Puncheon’s cross finding Yannick Bolasie at the far post. But Bolasie failed to control the ball and wound up aiming his shot into the far netting

Soon after, the hosts had a decent shout for a penalty when Bolasie was brought down by Gary Cahill. A closer look showed referee Lee Mason likely made the right call.

Mourinho did make a change at the break, bringing on Oscar for David Luiz. But the switch didn’t have the intended effect.

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Instead, it was Crystal Palace that took the lead early in the second half. Joel Ward’s cross from the left seemed meant for Joe Ledley, but John Terry beat him to the ball. However, the Chelsea defender could do nothing except head the ball past Petr Cech.

The Blues’ response was almost immediate, with Eden Hazard registering Chelsea’s first shot on target. But Julian Speroni was there with a diving save to push the ball wide and preserve the Palace lead.

Crystal Palace weren’t about to sit back and simply play out the remaining minutes. In the 74th minute, a quick counter-attack put Cameron Jerome through on goal, but his shot struck the woodwork. Minutes later, substitute Stuart O’Keefe got on the end of a ball from Kagisho Dikgacoi, but Cech managed to tip the shot over.

In the dying minutes of the match, Fernando Torres wasted an excellent opportunity to give the Blues a share of the spoils. O’Keefe gifted the Spaniard the ball inside the area, but the Chelsea striker sent his shot well over the crossbar.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon, Ledley, Bolasie (O’Keefe 70), Jerome (Murray 88)

Goals: Terry o.g. 52′

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Luiz (Oscar 46), Matic, Lampard (Salah 57), Schurrle (Ba 70), Hazard, Torres