Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea: Goal analysis
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points after seeing off an Aston Villa team who finally ended their Premier League goal drought at Villa Park after 11 hours of football. Adding to the party was the first ever league win for Mourinho at Villa Park.
8’ Eden Hazard’s goal
Considering the absence of some popular faces including the likes of Fabregas, Costa and Felipe Luis and not so good form in away matches the first thing that Mourinho wanted from his side was an early goal. And to no surprise, Eden Hazard stood tall to take charge as the Belgian opened the scoring after eight minutes.
That goal was scored far too easily from Villa’s point of view, with their defence being carved apart as Oscar escaped down the right and fed Willian, who found Hazard running into the area to slot home past the keeper.
48’ Jores Okore’s goal
Aston Villa were not looking to gift 3 points easily to the visiting side as the hosts fought back to make it level from Jores Okore’s goal as the clock showed 48 minutes.
Carles Gil who had already shown some neat touches in the foreplay slipped past Oscar on the by-line and lifted a perfect pass for Okore to power home a downward header. The goal brought wild celebrations from Villa’s players and fans – with Okore getting booked for running into crowd, who had not witnessed a single league goal from their side since 20 December on the home ground.
66’ Ivanovic’s goal
Apart from the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Blue boys were in strong charge of the game and as always the Blues fought back to get the lead back as Ivanovic scored a spectacular left-footed half-volley. It was a rare combination of the goal as left-back Azpilicueta assisted right-back Ivanovic in the box but anything is possible when our beloved Chelsea are playing.
The hosts looked helpless as they failed to deal with Azpilicueta’s run and cross in the final third. The ball somehow broke for Ivanovic on the edge of the box, who fizzed an unstoppable first-time shot into the top-left corner.
At the end of the day, it was Chelsea who came on top in a hard fought match and extended their lead at the top to 7 points after Manchester City were held at home by Hull City who gave a tigerish performance at the Etihad, which is not of a fortress now unlike last season.
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Edited By: Ojas