Wednesday August 21, 2013 Day 3 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 1 Aston Villa

  • Luna 6’ (o.g.)
  • Ivanovic 73’
  • Benteke 45’

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 2-1 win for Chelsea. Perhaps slightly fortunate to collect the three points. Terry certainly fortunate to escape that handball decision.
    • 90+2' Huge Villa appeals for a handball against Terry in the Chelsea box. Seemed to catch the ball with his hand from Agbonlahor's header, but referee said no. Poor call by referee Kevin Friend.
    • 89' We are into five minutes of time added on. Time yet for Villa to find the equaliser.
    • 88' Mourinho out of his technical area taking a swig of a bottle of water. Looks like his side have done enough.
    • 87' Villa trying to hit back late on here, but Hazard back to help out his defence with Lowton pressing up the park.
    • 86' Hazard sets up Lampard, but he fails to connect with the shot as the ball spins well wide. Not one of Lampard's usual efforts.
    • 85' Brilliant stop by Cech as Weimann's effort on the half volley is stopped by the Chelsea goalkeeper. Excellent play by Benteke to play provider with the headed flick on.
    • 84' Schurrle sees his control elude him in trying to control a high ball inside the Villa area. Guzan with the goalkick now.
    • 83' Oscar departs the scene to be replaced by Van Ginkel for the home side.
    • 82' Lukaku controls the long ball from Terry, but that Villa defence refuse to budge in blocking the shot.
    • 81' Aleksandar Tonev replaces Karim El Ahmadi for the visiting side.
    • 80' Into the final 10 minutes. Chelsea not yet over the line in this one. Villa always carrying a threat in this match courtesy of Benteke.
    • 79' Schurrle on the move for Chelsea. Can't pick out a Chelsea team-mate, but the home side have a free-kick inside the Villa half.
    • 78' Romelu Lukaku turns and wins some space. Does wonderfully well, but the shot is inches wide of the visiting goal. A goalkick then to Villa that Guzan can hurtle forwards.
    • 77' Branislav Ivanovic scores his fourth goal in four Premier League matches against Villa. He is second in the list of top Serbian Premier League scorers, one goal behind Nemanja Vidic (15).
    • 76' Benteke then booked either for dissent, or the use of an elbow in challenging Ivanovic in the air for a high ball.
    • 75' Ivanovic tries to clear the ball under pressure, but catches Benteke again. Ivanovic given the benefit of the doubt as he tried to clear.
    • 74' Ball flies into the corner of the net, and looks like Chelsea are going to make a third change here with Marco van Ginkel getting ready to come on.
    • 73' GOAL! Ivanovic rises to head into the net from Lampard's free-kick. Brilliant free-kick and the header was beyond Guzan before he knew anything about it.
    • 72' Mourinho and Lambert exchanging a few "opinions" on the touchline as Westwood is booked. Not sure what that was for.
    • 71' A booking for Ivanovic after he seemed to catch Benteke with an elbow in the air. Dangerous play by the Chelsea man, who is fortunate to escape a red there.
    • 70' Andre Schurrle manages to elude Westwood. Can't get over the ball as the shot flies high and wide. This Villa defence holding firm.
    • 69' Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku on for Chelsea. Lukaku has hit the woodwork more times (five) in the Premier League in 2013 than any other player. Shinji Kagawa, Olivier Giroud, Michu, Theo Walcott and Rickie Lambert are joint-second on three
    • 68' Ramires sizes up a shot from distance, but leans back and lifts the shot well over the bar. More frustration for Chelsea then.
    • 67' Andre Schürrle arrives to take over from Mata for the home side. Chelsea feeling the need for urgency.
    • 66' Romelu Lukaku is introduced for Ba, who hasn't enjoyed the greatest of evenings.
    • 65' A booking for El Ahmadi after he catches Mata late. Chelsea going to make a change.
    • 64' Fine stop by Cech! Benteke picks out Weimann on the run with a classy pass, but his shot is turned past a post by the Chelsea goalkeeper. Villa growing in confidence here.
    • 63' Lampard dinks the ball into the heart of the Villa area, but all too easy for the visitors to do more mopping up work. Just in time. Villa continue to break up these home attacks.
    • 62' Benteke lets the ball run through to Agbonlahor, who sees an effort curl a couple of yards over the bar. Fine, fine effort from 22 yards and a lovely run by Lowton. So close to a second for the visitors.
    • 61' Referee speaking to Ba about something or other. Looks like a change is coming here for one of these sides.
    • 60' Chance for Hazard, but he snatches at the ball on the half volley, and ends up clipping the ball well wide of goal. Disappointing end to that move for Chelsea.
    • 59' Westwood drills a longish free-kick into the heart of the home area, but Cech comes gliding off his line to gather the ball with a supreme take. Smart piece of goalkeeping.
    • 58' Mata with a heavy touch out wide and Lowton stays on his feet to make sure the cross can't come in. Villa have the goalkick.
    • 57' Cech off his line to gather the ball from Benteke's pass. Chelsea having little joy attempting to open up this Villa defence which is superbly organised heading for the hour-mark.
    • 56' Ramires with a late one on Delph. Not the best challenge, but he escapes a yellow card. Fortunate to get away with that one from referee Kevin Friend.
    • 55' Not going according to plan for Chelsea. Villa providing stubborn opponents. A few of the home substitutes warming up on the touchline.
    • 54' Ciaran Clark apparently with five stitches in his head gash, but is recovering well. Good news for Villa fans about the central defender.
    • 53' Ramires sees a chip cut out by Okore before Mata lifts the ball straight out of play seconds later. Poor delivery really.
    • 52' Oscar trying to pick out Ba with a cross, but just not enough direction on the pass as Ba managed to get himself ahead of Okore in the visiting area.
    • 51' Ba has enjoyed better evenings than this, it must be said. Would be no surprise to see Mourinho opt for a change soon.
    • 50' Okore showing some nice awareness to win the ball just outside of his own box, but here come Chelsea. Ba then gives the ball away under little or no strain.
    • 49' Ba keeps himself onside for a change. Looked ready to pull the trigger, but hesitates and Vlaar makes a timely challenge to win the ball. Smart piece of defending.
    • 48' A 1-1 draw would be handy for Villa here this evening. They are trying to press themselves further up the pitch having sat deep for much of the first period.
    • 47' Lowton's cross, but Terry does well to keep his cool in playing the ball out from the back. Ba again offside. Poor stuff from him.
    • 46' Aston Villa get the second period off and running then.
    • 45+3' There goes the whistle for the break! It is 1-1. Benteke on target right on the stroke of half-time. Should be an interesting second period now.
    • 45+3' GOAL! Benteke fires the ball low and hard into the net. No chance for Cech. Lovely run and cutback by Agbonlahor, who managed to evade Ivanovic. Ball in off the post. Villa level at 1-1.
    • 45+2' We are into three minutes of time added on to this first period.
    • 45+1' Clark is going to depart the scene to be replaced by Jores Okore.
    • 44' A head gash for Clark and he is going to require some medical treatment here. Villa down to 10 men at the moment. Looks like they are going to make the change.
    • 43' Ba once again caught offside on the move. Looks like Clark is going to need some treatment. Suffered a bit of a blow in challenging the home forward.
    • 42' Villa have come to be compact, and try to pick up a goal on the break. Much like they did on Saturday. So far, is not a bad gameplan. Surely no 8-0 on the cards this evening.
    • 41' Benteke with options. Can try to pick out Agbonlahor or Weimann, but ends up prodding the pass out of play under little or no pressure. Poor stuff from him.
    • 40' Oscar tripped in middle of the park by Luna. Chelsea moving it from side to side. The home side having to be patient here, but seem prepared for such a task.
    • 39' Villa have extended their club record run to 24 Premier League matches without a clean sheet. Not since the 0-0 home draw with Stoke City on 8th December 2012 have they stopped the opposition scoring.
    • 38' Oscar manages to escape the attention of Luna. Cuts inside, but sends a shot spinning wide. Again, can't come up with the right connection at the right time.
    • 37' Ramires quickly comes across to make sure Lowton can't continue his forward advances. Decent challenge. Villa in possession for a few seconds before losing it again.
    • 36' Ramires looking for Oscar scampering down a flank, but just overdoes the pace on the ball as the pass flies out of play.
    • 35' Ugo Ehiogu was the last Villa player to score a Premier League own goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the only goal in a 1-0 Chelsea win on 21st August 1999.
    • 34' Chelsea struggling to cut through this visiting side despite enjoying 70 percent of possession out there.
    • 33' Fernando Torres forced to sit this one out alongside David Luiz in the stands. Wonder if Torres will be reintroduced for the match at Old Trafford on Monday evening?
    • 32' Another offside flag halts Ba in his tracks. Is becoming a feature of this contest so far.
    • 31' Ivanovic tries to pick out Ba on the run. Vlaar doing just to make sure the ball can't reach Ba. And Villa with have the free-kick for a late Ba challenge.
    • 30' Delop goes beyond Lampard and Ramires, but can't pick out the pass looking for Agbonlahor. Bright play by Delph with Villa on the move.
    • 29' Chelsea trying to rouse themselves somewhat, but this Villa defence is well organised. Shame about the attacking forays as Delph knocks a pass straight out of play.
    • 28' Lampard with plenty of venom on the ball. Top spin and height included as the ball evades Guzan's bar by some margin. Goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 27' Will Lampard have a go at this from 30-35 yards? Let us find out. Looks like a shot is coming up..
    • 26' Karim El Ahmadi brings down Hazard in the middle of the park. Decent pressing, but Chelsea can throw this free-kick into the visiting area.
    • 25' Luna making moves for Villa. Benteke then feeds Karim El Ahmadi who cracks a shot wide form 30 yards. Always swerving wide.
    • 24' Mata deemed to be guilty of a late one on Clark. Cole happy to see that chance for Weimann dip too low for a header or shot.
    • 23' Luna manages to pick out Weimann, but he can't get a header on it before Chelsea break to the other end with Hazard picked out Mata on the run.
    • 22' Oscar skips inside, but is leaning back as he fires a shot over the bar from distance with Westwood just failing to close him down in time.
    • 21' Ramires to Lampard. Again Chelsea push and probe before Vlaar breaks up the play with a fine tackle as Mata tried to show his class.
    • 20' An offside flag goes up against Agbonlahor after he set off too soon. Chelsea just rolling the ball around before Terry knocks it long.
    • 19' Decent start by Chelsea if perhaps lacking the intesity they displayed against Hull as Lowton is tripped up by Oscar.
    • 18' Terry tries to pick out Ba out wide, but the forward strays offside and Villa can relieve the pressure on their defence for the moment.
    • 17' Karim El Ahmadi a bit late on Cahill, and Chelsea will have the free-kick in their own half. Chelsea in no rush to go anywhere with it.
    • 16' Benteke gives the ball straight to Mata under no pressure. Vital that he does better in holding up the ball in those forward areas.
    • 15' John Terry plays his 22nd Premier League match against Villa, the most he has faced a single Premier League opponent. He has played 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
    • 14' Chelsea looking to keep the ball moving as wide as possible. Villa can't get on it. Terry smuggles the ball back to Cech before Clark wallops clear under pressure from Ba at the other end.
    • 13' Mourinho yet to lose a Premier League match at home as Chelsea manager. This is his 62nd game tonight. Off to an impressive start.
    • 12' Oscar decides to try his luck, but ends up screwing his effort wide with his right foot boot from distance. Well wide.
    • 11' Ba looking to break, but Vlaar tidies up by getting the ball back to Guzan, who knocks it long. Villa under the cosh.
    • 10' In their last two Premier League defeats at Stamford Bridge, Villa have conceded 15 goals - 8-0 and 7-1.
    • 9' So unfortunate for Villa, but the visiting side came from behind to overcome Arsenal on Saturday. Looking for more of the same this evening.
    • 8' GOAL! Guzan saves from Hazard, but the ball comes back off Luna before nestling in the net. Chelsea ahead early on. Just like the weekend against Hull.
    • 7' Hazard and Ba exchange passes before Villa break up the play. Chelsea on the move.
    • 6' Luna with another intervention, but Agbonlahor is the latest man to be given offside after setting off too soon.
    • 5' Chelsea have won each of their last three Premier League clashes with Aston Villa, scoring 14 goals. They are being patient here early on.
    • 4' A handball goes against Benteke after he tried to skip away from Terry. No intent, but Chelsea back in possession deep in their own half.
    • 3' Offside flag goes up against Ba after he set off too soon. Smart defending by Villa.
    • 2' Lampard goes long looking for Ba, but Luna does well to intervene. Chelsea back in possession seconds later. Pitch like a bowling green.
    • 1' Chelsea get the action off and running. Mourinho looking very relaxed in his technical area.
    • 19:40 Juan Mata returns to the starting lineup for Chelsea. Since the beginning of 2010/11 he leads the Premier League assist standings with 25. David Silva is second in that period with 23 assists.
    • 19:35 Ron Vlaar starts for Villa. He missed the club record 8-0 defeat on their last league visit to Stamford Bridge. Last season Villa won 1.19 points per Premier League match with him in the team, but only 0.82 points per match without him. The difference in goals conceded in those matches was 1.70 with Vlaar and 2.09 without.
    • 19:30 Frank Lampard goes outright third in Premier League starts (518). He was previously joint-third with Ryan Giggs (517). Gary Speed is second on 521 Premier League starts.
    • 19:25 Paul Lambert (Aston Villa): "I don't think about it (the 8-0 defeat to Chelsea last season) to be honest. I don't look back on it. It's a new season and there are a lot of new lads in the side. Chelsea have got a new manager and some new players so it's two totally different teams. We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves. We're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down ther
    • 19:20 Jose Mourinho (Chelsea): "(Villa's win over Arsenal) is not such a big surprise because Aston Villa can do that to any one of us. They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates. They are a good team."
    • 19:15 Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker will miss the trip to Chelsea due to an ankle injury. The centre-back was forced off during Villa's 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday and was replaced by Ciaran Clark, who starts. Other than that Villa are unchanged. Manager Paul Lambert welcomes back key midfielder Yacouba Sylla, who missed the Emirates trip due to a twisted ankle but is on the bench. Midfielder Chris Herd (calf) is still not quite ready to return to action.
    • 19:10 Chelsea make two changes from their win over Hull City as Juan Mata and Demba Ba are brought in for Kevin de Bruyne and Fernando Torres. Defenders David Luiz and Tomas Kalas are Chelsea's other absentees. Brazil centre-back Luiz has a hamstring problem, but could return for Monday's trip to Manchester United, while Kalas suffered a fractured leg in pre-season.
    • 19:05 Teams: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Ba..subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Van Ginkel, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Lukaku////Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann..subs: Steer, Bennett, Okore, Bacuna, Helenius, Sylla, Tonev
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Chelsea against Aston Villa in the Premier League. Paui Lambert's side return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they lost 8-0 there eight months ago.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Huge Villa appeals for a handball against Terry in the Chelsea box. Seemed to catch the ball with his hand from Agbonlahor's header, but referee said no. Poor call by referee Kevin Friend.
    • 85' Brilliant stop by Cech as Weimann's effort on the half volley is stopped by the Chelsea goalkeeper. Excellent play by Benteke to play provider with the headed flick on.
    • 78' Romelu Lukaku turns and wins some space. Does wonderfully well, but the shot is inches wide of the visiting goal. A goalkick then to Villa that Guzan can hurtle forwards.
    • 76' Benteke then booked either for dissent, or the use of an elbow in challenging Ivanovic in the air for a high ball.
    • 73' GOAL! Ivanovic rises to head into the net from Lampard's free-kick. Brilliant free-kick and the header was beyond Guzan before he knew anything about it.
    • 72' Mourinho and Lambert exchanging a few "opinions" on the touchline as Westwood is booked. Not sure what that was for.
    • 71' A booking for Ivanovic after he seemed to catch Benteke with an elbow in the air. Dangerous play by the Chelsea man, who is fortunate to escape a red there.
    • 65' A booking for El Ahmadi after he catches Mata late. Chelsea going to make a change.
    • 64' Fine stop by Cech! Benteke picks out Weimann on the run with a classy pass, but his shot is turned past a post by the Chelsea goalkeeper. Villa growing in confidence here.
    • 62' Benteke lets the ball run through to Agbonlahor, who sees an effort curl a couple of yards over the bar. Fine, fine effort from 22 yards and a lovely run by Lowton. So close to a second for the visitors.
    • 60' Chance for Hazard, but he snatches at the ball on the half volley, and ends up clipping the ball well wide of goal. Disappointing end to that move for Chelsea.
    • 45+3' GOAL! Benteke fires the ball low and hard into the net. No chance for Cech. Lovely run and cutback by Agbonlahor, who managed to evade Ivanovic. Ball in off the post. Villa level at 1-1.
    • 8' GOAL! Guzan saves from Hazard, but the ball comes back off Luna before nestling in the net. Chelsea ahead early on. Just like the weekend against Hull.
    • 19:05 Teams: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Ba..subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Van Ginkel, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Lukaku////Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann..subs: Steer, Bennett, Okore, Bacuna, Helenius, Sylla, Tonev

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