Chelsea beat Palace to clinch Premier League title

Playmaker Eden Hazard scored the crucial goal in the 45th minute when he headed home the rebound.

FIE: Chelsea’s Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic and Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years as Jose Mourinho's side produced a typically stubborn display to grind out a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at a jubilant Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Playmaker Eden Hazard scored the crucial goal in the 45th minute when he headed home the rebound after Palace keeper Julian Speroni had saved his weak penalty.

Chelsea were tested at times by a dangerous Palace side but the final whistle was greeted by raucous scenes as Jose Mourinho's side clinched their fifth top-flight title and first since 2010.

Chelsea have 83 points from 35 games and cannot be surpassed by closest rivals Manchester City, who visit Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday, and Arsenal both of whom trail by 16 points. Palace remain 12th with 42 points.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Chelsea captain John Terry told Sky Sports. "We've worked so hard, so to get over the line is great.

"It was a bit nervy they are a good side and made it difficult. Thankfully Eden got the goal and we won the game.

"This is what I live for. It's been five years since we've won it. The first one was special and you go four or five years without it and that hurts. So I'll really enjoy it today."

Blustery, grey conditions had lingered for much of Sunday morning but kickoff in west London was greeted by the sudden emergence of sunshine which reflected the celebratory mood created by Chelsea's expectant fans inside Stamford Bridge.