Pulisic watch: USMNT star performs against Palace
Christian Pulisic put in a Man of the Match display as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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Pulisic, 21, scored his fifth goal in his last three Premier League games as he terrified Palace’s defense all game long.
Here’s a look at how Pulisic fared as he scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge.
1st minute: Involved after just 20 seconds, as he cuts in from the left after a ball from Willian. Pulisic takes it past three players before setting up a shot for a teammate, which is blocked. Bright start.
7th minute: Mount breaks clear and Pulisic cuts in from the left but drags his shot harmlessly wide.
12th minute: Willian finds Pulisic on the break and he cuts inside brilliantly, completely fooling Joel Ward, but Vicente Guaita does superbly to stand tall and saved his dinked effort. Wonderful skill from the USMNT star.
17th minute: Lovely dummy which finds Emerson and his cross is deflected out for a corner.
20th minute: Some wonderful touches inside the box to evade three Crystal Palace players before eventually being overcrowded. Confidence is flowing for Pulisic.
25th minute: The ball is taken off him in his own defensive third but he does well to put Ward off, as he shanks the cross.
27th minute: Wriggles free in the box much to the delight of the home fans and sets up N’Golo Kante who has a goalbound shot which is blocked. Superb from Pulisic, once again.
37th minute: Wins the ball back in his own half, gets away from his marker and plays the ball back to his defense. A ripple of applause from the home fans, then moments later he cuts inside and starts another attack. His cross to the back post is too deep for Willian.
44th minute: Climbs above the Palace defense to meet Kante’s cross but he heads over.
46th minute: Gets the ball in the box and after a poor touch it bounces up and appears to hit the hand of Palace sub Martin Kelly. Despite the calls for a penalty kick, nothing is given.
56th minute: Springs a Chelsea counter down the left but his ball across the pitch to Willian is cut out by Cahill.
59th minute: After a sensational pass from Kovacic he takes a wonderful first touch and then smashes a shot on goal with Guaita tips over. Palace can’t cope with Pulisic.
67th minute: Cuts in from the left and smashes a wild shot off target. His worst effort of the day.
75th minute: Wriggled free and almost set up Batshuayi but his through ball was cut out.
76th minute: Works back hard to win the ball from Kouyate, as Emerson then fires just wide of the far post.
79th minute: With his final touch of the game he reacts quickly to Michy Batshuayi’s shot being deflected and heads home bravely. Pulisic is then given a standing ovation off the pitch as the Chelsea fans chant “USA, USA!” A superb outing for Pulisic.