Aston Villa vs. Chelsea – Football Report – December 26, 2021

Striker Romelu Lukaku score is Chelsea back on track in Sunday’s Premier League title race with a 3-1 away win Aston Villa.

Thomas Tuchel’s side had clinched a win in their previous four Premier League games, but Chelsea turned the tables on Sunday when they came in from behind to claim a crucial win over Villa.

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Defender Reece James scored an own goal to give Villa the lead midway through the first half, but the Chelsea midfielder Jorginho equalize from the penalty spot right after. Lukaku came on from the bench at half-time and made his presence known, nodding home 56 minutes into the match. Jorginho scored another penalty in injury time after injury time. Lukaku was led down in the penalty area.

Villa enjoyed a better chance in the opening period, with the striker Ollie Watkins Many times he ran down the left wing and into the 18m but could not take advantage of it.

The home side’s initial pressure paid off as they took the lead through James’ own own goal after 28 minutes. Matt Targett made a cross, but it missed James’s head and passed the Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho leveled from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after the transition Callum Hudson-Odoi was knocked down by the opposing defender in the penalty area Matthew Cash.

Lukaku’s involvement proved to be the difference, putting his side ahead with a dangerous header into the far bottom corner after a Hudson-Odoi cross.

Midfielder Mason Mountain missed a great opportunity to widen Chelsea’s lead as he edged past the opposing keeper Emiliano Martinez but can’t find the back of the empty grid.

Lukaku sprinted behind Villa’s line in stoppage time before winning Chelsea’s second penalty of the game when he was knocked down by Ezri Konsa, allowing Jorginho to drop into the home field.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=605851 Aston Villa vs. Chelsea – Football Report – December 26, 2021

Jake Nichol

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