Torres back firing as Blues triumph

Sat, 31 Mar 18:47:04 2012

Fernando Torres scored his first Barclays Premier League goal for six months as Chelsea revitalised their hopes of securing a Champions League spot with a 4-2 victory at Aston Villa.

It was an emotional atmosphere at Villa Park after skipper Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia on Friday. Petrov attended the game before starting treatment for the illness on Monday and was applauded by both sets of fans.

The Blues looked to be cruising early on after Daniel Sturridge slotted in his 12th goal of the season and Branislav Ivanovic converted Juan Mata's corner to earn them a 2-0 lead.

But Villa rallied when James Collins headed in a long throw from Eric Lichaj before the latter levelled matters by turning in Marc Albrighton's low ball.

However, an unmarked Ivanovic nodded in his second goal of the game past Villa goalkeeper Shay Given as Chelsea regained the lead.

And Torres wrapped up the scoring with a low drive in stoppage time to seal a sixth win in eight games under Roberto Di Matteo.

 

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