Saturday May 11, 2013 Day 37 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Chelsea

  • Benteke 15’
  • Lampard 61’, 88’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+8' There goes the final whistle! Eight minutes added to a frantic second period. But Chelsea come through with a 2-1 win. A huge three points for Chelsea. Three goals and two reds. Chelsea almost over the line for the Champions League place.
    • 90+5' Chelsea playing these final moments with nine men. They have all used their subs and Hazard is out of there.
    • 90+4' Luiz leans back and lifts the free-kick miles over the bar from distance. Three minutes left of this injury time.
    • 90+3' Hazard has a hamstring strain. This could be the end of him before the Europa League final against Benfica on Wednesday.
    • 90+2' Lichaj back to make the tackle on Hazard, who is now in need of some treatment. This would be a real blow to Chelsea if the little Belgian is injured.
    • 89' Going to be seven minutes added to this match. Life left yet for Villa to rescue this one.
    • 88' Some Chelsea fans on the park to greet that late goal. Will it be the winner? Chelsea on course for the Champions League then.
    • 87' GOAL! Lampard becomes the highest scorer in Chelsea's history as he slips the ball into the net from Hazard's cutback. A 203rd goal. Chelsea lead 2-1.
    • 86' Torres takes over from Ba for Chelsea. Can they find this winner?
    • 85' Westwood drills a shot at the Chelsea goal, but Cech makes a strong stop. Weimann then caught offside out wide.
    • 84' Aston Villa have conceded in their last 21 Premier League matches. They last conceded in 21 in a row in the top flight 78 years ago - a club record 22-match streak in 1935.
    • 83' Chelsea deal well with the danger. Lampard then fires an effort at goal from distance. Comes off Ba, but ball ends up in the arms of Guzan.
    • 82' Lampard has been booked for a late push on Weimann with his forearm. Free-kick to Villa then. Westwood to deliver the free-kick.
    • 81' Chelsea win a corner after Cole's cross is knocked behind, but Villa look to break seconds later.
    • 80' That was harder than it looked. Both teams with seven attempts each now. Game remains in the balance.
    • 79' Luiz gets plenty of movement on that free-kick, but Guzan stands tall in his box to make a solid punch clear.
    • 78' Sylla loses control and Luiz can slide the ball to Hazard before he is fouled by Lichaj. Another free-kick for the visiting side.
    • 77' Mata slides the ball over the wall, but the free-kick is wide of the target. We remain at 1-1.
    • 76' Westwood with a clear trip on Hazard. A free-kick chance for Chelsea 25 yards from the Villa goal.
    • 75' Chance for Lampard in the Villa box, but he can't come up with the finish that would have allowed him to move clear as the club's top goalscorer.
    • 74' A few minutes will need to be added then to this second period. Appeals also for a handball against Baker in the lead-up to that incident. Looked like the ball crossed the line, but so difficult to judge.
    • 73' Looks like Terry is going to be carted off here to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic. Terry in some discomfort.
    • 72' John Terry takes a tumble in the Villa box. Looks like he is going to need some treatment here as the medics are called for.
    • 71' Frantic scramble on the line. Cahill and Ba in there. Sylla blocks on the line before Westwood knocks it away. Not sure if that was over the line.
    • 70' Eric Lichaj prevents Mata from getting a cross into the box. And that will be a corner to Chelsea here.
    • 69' Westwood breaks up a Chelsea attack. But Luiz is well positioned to deprive Agbonlahor of the ball.
    • 68' Lampard scored his 164th PL goal – the outright-fourth most of any player in the Premier League era. It was his 12th against Aston Villa – his equal-most against another club, level with Bolton.
    • 67' Lambert like a jack in the box in that Villa technical area. A draw would not be the worst for his side. Would carry them to 41 points.
    • 66' Decent turn and shot by Delph in the Chelsea box, but he drills the effort wide of the target. Much better from Villa.
    • 65' Villa finding their second wind all of a sudden after a spell on the ropes.
    • 64' But a super break by Villa sees Cole clear his own bar by inches with Eric Lichaj providing the cross.
    • 63' Ba not far off connecting with Cole's cross in the Villa box. We remain at 1-1, but Chelsea suddenly coming on strong.
    • 63' Sylla picks out Weimann, but his attempt at goal is easily dealt with by Cech in the Chelsea goal. Decent handling skills.
    • 62' Christian Benteke is the third Villa player to be sent off in the division this season after Ciaran Clark and Joe Bennett. All have come at Villa Park.
    • 61' Game right back in the balance as Lampard makes sure Delph can't skip away from him out wide.
    • 60' That Benteke red card could make all the difference to this match as Villa were top with the one-man advantage.
    • 59' Frank Lampard scored his 202nd goal for Chelsea in all competitions – equalling Bobby Tambling’s all time record for the club.
    • 58' GOAL! Lampard takes the pass from Hazard before hammering a shot into the corner of the net. Chelsea level at 1-1. The record goal for the England midfielder.
    • 57' Baker doing a spot of clearing work as Chelsea begin to see more of the ball. Benitez out of his dugout.
    • 56' Second booking for Benteke and Chelsea have been handed a lifeline. Will be interesting to see how the storyline develops from here on in.
    • 55' RED CARD! Benteke is off the park for a high boot challenge on César Azpilicueta. Suddenly we are all level again at 10 men each.
    • 54' Sylla slips the ball to Delph, but he fires the shot a couple of yards wide of the target. Decent play.
    • 53' Villa finding so much time and space. Chelsea being given the runaround. Can't get near the ball at the moment.
    • 52' Joseph Bennett with a deflected shot over the Chelsea goal. Villa continue on the front foot.
    • 51' Another powerful run by Agbonlahor. Pulls the trigger, but is just falling off balance as the shot spins wide. The 10 men of Chelsea being stretched here.
    • 50' Sylla hammers a shot miles over the bar from inside the Chelsea box. Villa performing well here.
    • 49' Chelsea have never come back to win a Premier League away match after getting a man sent off when losing. Good time to start today.
    • 48' David Luiz has been wheeled on for Chelsea at the break with Victor Moses the man to make way.
    • 47' Agbonlahor on the run for Villa. Fires the shot at goal, but Cahill does well to get back and make the block.
    • 46' Off we go then for the second period.
    • 45+2' Chelsea now down to 10 men as Cech races from his line to fist the ball away from Benteke. There goes the whistle for the break! A 1-0 lead at the break for the home side. An interesting first period.
    • 45+1' RED CARD! Dangerous high boot by Ramires, who is off the park for a second booking. Can have few complaints about that. Agbonlahor looking a bit dazed, but he is going to be fine.
    • 44' Azpilicueta heads out the Westwood free-kick. Villa seem to be ending the half on a high here.
    • 43' A booking for Terry after he clipped Sylla, who does superbly well to pick the pocket of Ramires.
    • 42' Delph wins the ball back for Villa after Cahill had blocked a Benteke header. Appeals for a handball, but was never intentional.
    • 41' Terry taking no chances as he heads behind his goal from Weimann's cross ball.
    • 40' Benteke has gone into the book for the late elbow on Azpilicueta. Three bookings so far. Two for Villa, one for Chelsea.
    • 39' Villa have conceded in their last 10 Premier League matches at Villa Park, since a 0-0 with Stoke in early December.
    • 38' Bennett with the free-kick, but Ramires does the clearing work before the Villa man races back to tackle Moses at the other end.
    • 37' Agbonlahor is fouled late by Cahill. Not sure why Cahill had to make that challenge out wide. Villa have a free-kick chance.
    • 36' Lampard sees a shot blocked by a Villa shirt. Benteke then on the move at the other end before Azpilicueta manages to clear.
    • 35' Azpilicueta is taken out late by Benteke, who is protesting his innocence. Azpilicueta taking a bit of an elbow in the face.
    • 34' Hazard to Ramires to Azpilicueta, but the move breaks down as Ramires sends Agbonlahor tumbling to the deck.
    • 33' Cole knocks a high looping ball to the back post. Nobody there before Ba clatters into Weimann a few seconds late.
    • 32' Cahill tries to join the party. Lets flies from 45 yards. The result is a throw-in to Chelsea as the ball spins out of play.
    • 31' Lampard picks out Moses, who is forced to retrieve the ball after his initial touch is found wanting. Chelsea setting up camp in the home half.
    • 30' Lampard sends a thumping free-kick low through the wall. Guzan does just enough to keep it out with the help of a post. So close to a Chelsea equaliser.
    • 29' Mata looking for Moses but Villa have plenty of bodies back before Agbonlahor sends Hazard tumbling to the ground.
    • 28' Six of Chelsea’s seven Premier League defeats this season have come when they have conceded the opening goal. They have only won twice from this position – 2-1 at Everton (Dec 30) and 2-1 at home to Sunderland (Apr 7).
    • 27' Easy enough take for Cech from the driven cross. Chelsea looking to get on the move.
    • 26' Baker rises to nod away the Mata cross before Villa look to break. Cahill clears Bennett's cross for another corner. This time to Villa.
    • 25' Chelsea with plenty of possesion. Large amounts of the ball but yet to find a goal. Suddenlty the sunshine comes out. Cole with the ball deep in the home half.
    • 24' Delph back to make the clearing header as Chelsea earn a corner. Trouble for Villa, but Delph rises again to deal with Mata's delivery.
    • 23' Chelsea starting to find their range here perhaps as Mata prepares to whip a free-kick into the home box.
    • 22' Villa working ever so hard hard to close down space. Mata picks out Ba on the run, but Guzan is out of his goal to make a fine stop. Villa survive. Lovely pass by Mata.
    • 21' Chlsea have twice come from behind to beat Aston Villa in the Premier League era - 3-1 at Villa Park (1992) and 2-1 at home (2005).
    • 20' All very emotional at Villa Park. Meanwhile an offside flag goes up against Weimann as he raced through the middle.
    • 19' Stilian Petrov looking on in the stands after announcing his retirement. The fans giving him their traditional applause in the 19th minute to go with his number.
    • 18' Chelsea trying to steady themselves after losing that opening goal. Lovely ball by Sylla to pick out his team-mate for that first goal of the game.
    • 17' Christian Benteke scored his 19th Premier League goal of the season, and his eighth in his last eight Premier League matches at Villa Park. Not a bad return.
    • 16' Cech off his line to punch clear the free-kick. Villa fans in full voice here as Delph thumps a long-range strike inches wide.
    • 15' Ramires goes into the book for a late sliding challenge on Benteke.
    • 14' GOAL! Benteke slides the ball into the net. Lovely finish in the rain. Goes beyond Cahill and beats Cech at his near post. Villa lead 1-0. A 23rd goal of the season for the Belgian player.
    • 13' Chelsea have lost four of their last seven Premier League visits to the West Midlands, their last two defeats were at West Brom – which both then saw their managers sacked afterwards - Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo.
    • 12' Chelsea settling matters down. The rain seems be getting heavier as Benteke dashes onto a ball through the middle. Can't quite get there.
    • 11' Mata trying to latch onto another loose ball, but Villa again deal with the danger. Vlaar then doing well before feeding Agbonlahor.
    • 10' Benitez off his bench in the visiting dugout. Looks thorougly soaked as he tries to clear his glasses with a towel. Good luck with that.
    • 9' Weimann tries a little dink into the visiting area, but Terry well placed to deal with the danger.
    • 8' Chelsea trying to get their passing moves going as Baker heads away the Hazard cross ball. Smart piece of defending by him.
    • 7' Ramires tries a ball over the top. Moses quickly onto the pass, but goes too soon and is offside as Ba flicks the shot high and wide.
    • 6' Smart piece of defending by Terry to hold up the run of Agbonlahor before Cech comes to collect.
    • 5' Villa looking to atone for their 8-0 loss to Chelsea over Christmas. You can read about that here. What a forgettable day that was for Paul Lambert's side.
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    • 4' A pretty hopeless tackle by Baker on Mata. Poor challenge. Won the ball, but crunching late on the Chelsea man. No need to make that tackle with such force.
    • 3' Aston Villa keeping the ball well here. Zipping around this lush surface with some relish. Cech under pressure, but does well to get the ball to Hazard.
    • 2' Aston Villa and their fans in much better heart after that 6-1 drubbing of Sunderland and their 2-1 win at Norwich which has left them on the cusp of Premier League survival.
    • 1' Chelsea get the action off and running then in this key match.
    • 12:41 Players on their way out for this one. A full house inside Villa Park of over 40,000. A bit of rain tumbling down. Looks like decent conditions for a game of football.
    • 12:40 Aston Villa are looking to win three Premier League matches in a row for the first time in three years – since April 2010.
    • 12:35 This is only the 8th Premier League match that both John Terry and Frank Lampard have started together this season. They have won four, drawn one and lost two of the previous seven. The club have lost two of their three Premier Leaguem matches under Benitez with Terry and Lampard starting – 3-2 at Newcastle and 2-1 at Southampton.
    • 12:30 Match odds for this one: Aston Villa (7/2) Chelsea (11/13) Draw (14/5)
    • 12:25 Chelsea have won two of their last four Premier League trips to Villa Park - drawn one, lost one. Aston Villa have won just three of their last 11 home matches in the Premier League, losing six, drawing two.
    • 12:20 Rafael Benitez is looking for his side to secure that third place and Champions League qualification: "We know we have to win one game. It will be tough because they are desperate to stay in the Premier League. But we are in a very good position to finish third because of our goal difference if we can win and get a draw."
    • 12:15 Paul Lambert on the retirement of Stiliyan Petrov: "There are things in my head but he’ll be the first to know. It’s only right I speak to him first and see how he feels. I think he has got a lot to offer, the way he is as a guy but because of his football knowledge as well. He’s been about the block, he’s been an international player, been captain of big clubs and captain of his national team. I’m not so sure he’ll be cut out as a manager, I’m not so sure he would like that stress level."
    • 12:10 So the key news for Chelsea is that John Terry and Frank Lampard both start - something that on past indication suggests Rafa Benitez won't be starting them on Wednesday night for the Europa League final. As for Villa, it's a strong-looking line-up for a side who've just discovered their mojo at the end of the campaign.
    • 12:05 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lichaj, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke - Subs - Given, Holman, Williams, Gardner, Bent, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Bannan /// CHELSEA: Cech, Cole, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba - Subs - Turnbull, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Ake, Benayoun, Oscar, Torres
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 90+8' There goes the final whistle! Eight minutes added to a frantic second period. But Chelsea come through with a 2-1 win. A huge three points for Chelsea. Three goals and two reds. Chelsea almost over the line for the Champions League place.
    • 87' GOAL! Lampard becomes the highest scorer in Chelsea's history as he slips the ball into the net from Hazard's cutback. A 203rd goal. Chelsea lead 2-1.
    • 86' Torres takes over from Ba for Chelsea. Can they find this winner?
    • 85' Westwood drills a shot at the Chelsea goal, but Cech makes a strong stop. Weimann then caught offside out wide.
    • 82' Lampard has been booked for a late push on Weimann with his forearm. Free-kick to Villa then. Westwood to deliver the free-kick.
    • 73' Looks like Terry is going to be carted off here to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic. Terry in some discomfort.
    • 72' John Terry takes a tumble in the Villa box. Looks like he is going to need some treatment here as the medics are called for.
    • 71' Frantic scramble on the line. Cahill and Ba in there. Sylla blocks on the line before Westwood knocks it away. Not sure if that was over the line.
    • 64' But a super break by Villa sees Cole clear his own bar by inches with Eric Lichaj providing the cross.
    • 58' GOAL! Lampard takes the pass from Hazard before hammering a shot into the corner of the net. Chelsea level at 1-1. The record goal for the England midfielder.
    • 55' RED CARD! Benteke is off the park for a high boot challenge on César Azpilicueta. Suddenly we are all level again at 10 men each.
    • 51' Another powerful run by Agbonlahor. Pulls the trigger, but is just falling off balance as the shot spins wide. The 10 men of Chelsea being stretched here.
    • 48' David Luiz has been wheeled on for Chelsea at the break with Victor Moses the man to make way.
    • 47' Agbonlahor on the run for Villa. Fires the shot at goal, but Cahill does well to get back and make the block.
    • 46' Off we go then for the second period.
    • 45+2' Chelsea now down to 10 men as Cech races from his line to fist the ball away from Benteke. There goes the whistle for the break! A 1-0 lead at the break for the home side. An interesting first period.
    • 45+1' RED CARD! Dangerous high boot by Ramires, who is off the park for a second booking. Can have few complaints about that. Agbonlahor looking a bit dazed, but he is going to be fine.
    • 43' A booking for Terry after he clipped Sylla, who does superbly well to pick the pocket of Ramires.
    • 40' Benteke has gone into the book for the late elbow on Azpilicueta. Three bookings so far. Two for Villa, one for Chelsea.
    • 30' Lampard sends a thumping free-kick low through the wall. Guzan does just enough to keep it out with the help of a post. So close to a Chelsea equaliser.
    • 22' Villa working ever so hard hard to close down space. Mata picks out Ba on the run, but Guzan is out of his goal to make a fine stop. Villa survive. Lovely pass by Mata.
    • 20' All very emotional at Villa Park. Meanwhile an offside flag goes up against Weimann as he raced through the middle.
    • 16' Cech off his line to punch clear the free-kick. Villa fans in full voice here as Delph thumps a long-range strike inches wide.
    • 15' Ramires goes into the book for a late sliding challenge on Benteke.
    • 14' GOAL! Benteke slides the ball into the net. Lovely finish in the rain. Goes beyond Cahill and beats Cech at his near post. Villa lead 1-0. A 23rd goal of the season for the Belgian player.
    • 7' Ramires tries a ball over the top. Moses quickly onto the pass, but goes too soon and is offside as Ba flicks the shot high and wide.
    • 4' A pretty hopeless tackle by Baker on Mata. Poor challenge. Won the ball, but crunching late on the Chelsea man. No need to make that tackle with such force.
    • 1' Chelsea get the action off and running then in this key match.
    • 12:05 ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lichaj, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke - Subs - Given, Holman, Williams, Gardner, Bent, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Bannan /// CHELSEA: Cech, Cole, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba - Subs - Turnbull, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Ake, Benayoun, Oscar, Torres
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  1. Well done Chelsea!! Congrat. Super Frankie Lampard!!­ -CFC Legend-

    From Bsun, on Sun 12 May 10:06
  2. A point or an Arsenal win, come on you gunners. With­ Benteke banned from the Wigan game doesn't really­ help. That's Villa's biggest problem, conceding­ in the last few minutes.

    From un_too_slow, on Sun 12 May 7:00
  3. well done Lampard, glad he finally got the record

    From Chris, on Sat 11 May 19:58
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    Anybody... even my 83 year old grannie, can score from­ the penalty spot . No big deal .

    From ALUCARD, on Sat 11 May 17:38
  5. Well played Villa lads just fell short at the end. No­ shame though, you got beat by a wonderful player in­ Frank Lampard.

    From red devil, on Sat 11 May 17:10
  6. Villa, you Suck!

    From Dr I P Freely, on Sat 11 May 16:14
  7. x

    From Ray, on Sat 11 May 15:52
  8. That was intense!

    From A Double, on Sat 11 May 15:32
  9. Arsenal will give the final story tomorow

    From Amandi, on Sat 11 May 15:30
  10. well, it defines chel season...losing, then got lucky­ by somebody send off or some situation...just­ couldn't truly win it

    From bruce, on Sat 11 May 15:27
  11. Why o why cannot this Villa team protect a lead or see­ out a game to the end for at least a draw for a­ safety,,,

    From PAUL, on Sat 11 May 15:19
  12. will harzard play against benfica on wednesday

    From Jerome, on Sat 11 May 15:14
  13. What happened at half time we are 1-0 up controlling­ the game, Chelsea are a player down, and in the second­ half it looked like we were the team with 10 men, 45­ mins away from confirming our premier league status for­ another year and we allowed Chelsea to dominate the­ game, know we have a nervous Tuesday night coming up­ hoping Arsenal do us a favour, have to hope Tottenham­ win tomorrow at Stoke, so Arsenal will have to win­ against Wigan on Tuesday, don't want to be going to­ Wigan needing a result next Sunday.

    From craig, on Sat 11 May 15:12
  14. Frank lampard a Chelsea legend who will forever be in­­ Chelsea history, legend leader & warier.

    From RAOUF, on Sat 11 May 15:08
  15. By By Tothnham no Champion Leage football again for­ you guys. Blue all the way to final of Europe Leage

    From RAOUF, on Sat 11 May 15:05
  16. Frank lampard a Chelsea legend who will forever be in­ Chelsea history,he has been a fantastic servant for­ Chelsea& At some point in the future will a great­ ambassador for the club...

    From waltjabasco, on Sat 11 May 15:04
  17. Headline writers should use English. " ...second­ half double that sunk..." is American. For­ English, use sank.

    From Harry B, on Sat 11 May 14:59
  18. and send Wigan down.

    From un_too_slow, on Sat 11 May 14:55
  19. hhahah were are the yids now most likely crawled­ back into their little shacks and hang there heads­ in shame no need to thank me Chelsea fans im the one­ who brought hazard and Oscar here but guess what im­ still giving frank a contract tehe

    From Ooh Arrrrrr, on Sat 11 May 14:52
  20. Never mind, Arsenal will do the Business on Tuesday.

    From un_too_slow, on Sat 11 May 14:52
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