Yesterday, Crystal Palace went to Stamford Bridge and beat the runaway Premier League leaders for the second game in succession. The video attached below perfectly captures the emotion that flooded out when the winning goal went in.
It had looked as though the Palace faithful were in for a long afternoon when Cesc Fabregas nipped in to give Chelsea the lead after just five minutes, but a quick fire double from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke had turned the game completely on its head just six minutes later.
The leveller came through Zaha, who somehow managed to find an angle to get a shot away when surrounded by defenders on the edge of the Blues’ box. It was a moment of sheer inspiration from the 24-year-old but given the season he’s having, none of us should have been surprised to see the ball arrow low into the bottom left-hand corner of Courtois’ net.
As you would expect, Wilf’s strike sent the traveling fans into meltdown at the opposite end of the ground, only for things to get even better two minutes later when he and Christian Benteke led a counter-attack which drove right at the heart of the hosts’ defence. Having worked a clever one-two with Zaha, the £30 million Belgian striker sized up the wide-eyed Courtois, before forcing the keeper to go to ground and dinking the ball above him from eight yards out. Cue absolute pandamonium.
Having initially pulled a phone out to capture the scenes immediately after Zaha’s priceless leveller, the woman who was filming this has actually managed to catch a piece of away day gold.
It may sound a little dewey-eyed but in essence, it is moments like the one provided by Christian Benteke which keep you going back to football year after year. Utterly unexpected and technically sublime, it’s almost impossible to put into words how we all felt when the ball looped into the back of the net. Luckily, the video sums it up perfectly.