Match Report: Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Chelsea restarted their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

As expected, the Blues dominated possession in the early stages but were unable to pose any real threat to Nyland’s goal. Mason Mount came closest to opening the scoring with a long-range drive which sprung the Norwegian into action.

Aston Villa were dogged at the back and had a few attempts of their own too. Two minutes from half-time, the Villains were in front.

Douglas Luiz’s cross was met by El Ghazi whose effort was palmed away by Kepa into Kortney Hause’s path. The defender pounced from inside the six-yard box for his maiden Premier League goal which put his side ahead.

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For all Chelsea’s possession in the first half, they were trailing at the interval in their first league game since demolishing Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Ten minutes into the restart, Frank Lampard turned to his bench bringing on Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley. Five minutes later, the move paid off. Cesar Azpilicueta’s delightful cross was met by Pulisic for his sixth league goal of the season and parity was restored.

With Sheffield and Manchester United both dropping points, Chelsea had the chance to further tighten their grip on fourth with a win.

The equalizer spurred them to push forward and in the twinkle of an eye, they were ahead. After some good work from Pulisic and Mount, the latter located Azpilicueta who turned provider once more; this time for Oliver Giroud.

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Via a deflection, his effort found its way into the back of the net.

The home side went in search of a late equalizer and nearly pegged Chelsea back. Andreas Christensen’s error allowed Jota to have a pop at goal with his first touch of the game. The Spaniard, however, dragged his shot wide.

The Blues held on for their first away win of the year which sees them go five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

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