A brace for Jorginho and one from Romelu Lukaku as Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Villa 1-3 in their Premier League boxing day match, MySportPlug reporting.
It was an interesting encounter for both teams who gave a good account of themselves going forward and defending as everything wasn’t that easy due to the nature of the match and off-the-pitch issues.
Thomas Tuchel’s side struggled like expected but still went ahead and manage to get something good which means they narrow the points on Manchester City to six and level with Liverpool who has one game.
ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEA FULL MATCH REPORT
The encounter between Aston Villa vs Chelsea kicked off with a high pace coming from both ends of the pitch which saw the Blues taking control of the ball possession which helped them early in the game.
Things progressed with both sides getting a few amounts of opportunities coming through for them both none could be able to make it count as the defenders were on high alert clearing off the danger they faced.
Aston Villa took the lead in the 28th minute of the first half which saw Reece James putting the ball inside his net from a cross which was misjudged as the scoreline turned 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Chelsea was disappointed but continued with the game hoping to immediately respond after going down in such a matter after making sure things were in their control from kickoff until when that goal was scored in the match.
Jorginho finally scored the leveler for Chelsea in the 34th minute of the first half after the home side committed a penalty which saw the Italian step up and made it count 1-1 as it progressed.
It wasn’t looking good for the visiting side who needed something good out of the encounter if they stand a chance of fighting for the English Premier League title which was already seven points away from them.
The first half came to an end with Aston Villa Vs Chelsea heading for the break with a 1-1 scoreline giving both teams all the advantage they needed to go on and take the lead after the 45 minutes of football played.
They both came for the second half of the encounter which forced Thomas Tuchel to make an early tactical change which saw Trevoh Chalobah removed and Romelu Lukaku came in replacing him.
Aston Villa was still okay keeping the scoreline level as things progressed with them looking to hold things down as they all fall back defending to make sure they won’t concede anything which could be bad for them.
Things continued with the scoreline still 1-1 as Chelsea was pushing forward a lot hoping to take the lead until the 56th minute which saw Romelu Lukaku score to make things 1-2 with an assist from Callum Hudson Odoi.
It was looking fine for Thomas Tuchel and his players with how things were as they continued with their dominance pushing forward for more while defending with their lives against their opponent.
Jorginho sealed all three points after another penalty was awarded and he stepped up once again then made it count against Martinez for the second time to make it 1-3 in the 90th minute plus added time.
The encounter between Aston Villa Vs Chelsea came to an end with the visiting side taking all three points after 90 minutes which sees them narrow the points on Manchester City to six with them on 3rd.