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December 23, 2012 11:00 AM EST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 41363‎
 
 
29′ David Luiz
 
 
 
75′ Ramires
 
79′ (PG) Oscar
 
83′ Eden Hazard
 
90+1′ Ramires
 
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David Luiz
David Luiz
Chelsea FC
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea FC
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Nathan Baker
Nathan Baker
Aston Villa
Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert
Aston Villa

Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa: Blues run wild in return to league play

Ramires, Torres, Ivanovic, Luiz, Lampard, Oscar and Hazard score to give Blues fans perfect Christmas present to celebrate Lampard's 500th-career start.

By Greg Stobart

EPL - Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses
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Chelsea made a perfect return to league play following its FIFA Club World Cup disappointment with a sensational 8-0 home win over Aston Villa to move back into the Premier League top four.

Fernando Torres gave Rafael Benitez’s men a flying start with a stunning third-minute header before a David Luiz free kick and Branislav Ivanovic header made sure the points were safe before halftime.

Two goals from Ramirez and strikes from Frank Lampard, Oscar and Eden Hazard completed the emphatic scoreline after the break as the Blues matched their best-ever Premier League result to move up to third in the table.

The biggest roar of the day as Chelsea brushed away a feeble Villa side was reserved for Lampard, who celebrated his 500th Premier League start with a wonderful goal struck from 30 yards out in the 59th minute.

The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the Chelsea crowd made their feelings clear to owner Roman Abramovich, singing ‘sign him up’ after Lampard overtook Bobby Tambling's club record of 129 league goals.

Chelsea got off the mark with Torres' header, which came off a whipped-in cross from right back Cesar Azpilcueta for his seventh league goal of the campaign.

The goal immediately settled any nerves around the stadium, and in the 29th minute the Blues were given a two-goal cushion. Villa defender Chris Herd brought down Hazard 25 yards from goal and Luiz stepped up to slam an unstoppable, dipping free kick over the wall and into the top corner from 25 yards.

Six minutes later, the result was put beyond doubt as the Villa defense fell asleep from a corner. Gary Cahill was allowed to turn and shoot in the box, and after a brilliant save from Brad Guzan, Ivanovic was quickest to react as he nodded home a simple header.

The Blues continued to press after the break and could have scored far more were it not for heroics from Guzan in the Chelsea goal, with the Villa keeper denying Juan Mata and Victor Moses with superb saves.

He could do nothing, however, about Chelsea’s fourth in the 59th minute. It was classic Lampard, a drilled half-volley from 30 yards that skipped off the turf and planted in the bottom corner of the Villa net. At the other end, Petr Cech was a virtual spectator in the Chelsea goal but kept his concentration to divert Andreas Weimann’s shot on to the crossbar.

Chelsea’s pressure, though, was relentless. Fifteen minutes from time, substitute Lucas Piazon slipped in Ramires, who drilled his finish through Guzan’s legs.

Four minutes later, referee Phil Dowd awarded a penalty after Herd brought down Oscar in the box. The Brazilian playmaker stepped up himself to sweep the spot kick into the top corner.

Seven minutes from time, Hazard added the seventh with a sensational finish into the top corner from 10 yards.

Two minutes from time, Piazon missed the opportunity to make it eight with another penalty as his spot kick was saved by Guzan. Ramires soon added the final touch, though, with a placed finish from the edge of the box.


Chelsea FC

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
3.50
4
David Luiz
Defender
29′
4.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
3.00
28
3.50
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
59′ 61′
4.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
3.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
83′
4.00
9
4.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
59′ 75′
3.50

Aston Villa

3.00
1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
89′
1.50
6
1.50
43
Eric Lichaj
Defender
56′
1.00
2
2.00
34
2.00
14
Brett Holman
Midfielder
80′
2.00
15
2.00
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
1.50
17
Chris Herd
Midfielder
1.50
20
C. Benteke
Striker
2.50
10

Substitutes

21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
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20
 - 
27
Nathan Ake
Defender
 - 
7
Ramires
Midfielder
61′ 75′ 91′
3.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
67′ 79′ 83′ 91′
3.50
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
 - 
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3.00

Substitutes

 - 
31
Shay Given
Goalkeeper
1.50
3
1.50
32
 - 
8
 - 
12
 - 
16
Fabian Delph
Midfielder
 - 
21

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