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  • December 31, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 41332
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  • That's it! A shocking result as Villa wins 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The pressure is really going to be piled on Villas-Boas after this one.
  • 87'
    Lampard with a horrible giveaway to Ireland, who is clean through. He slides a pass over to Bent and he finishes past Cech. The Bridge is stunned
  • 86'
    AssistStephen Ireland
  • 86'
    GoalDarren Bent
  • 86'
    ANOTHER GOAL VILLA! Bent scores and it's game over!
  • 84'
    SubstitutionStilian Petrov Barry Bannan
  • 84'
    Clark found Petrov between the center backs with Luiz out to sea. The Bulgarian was composed, and hit a low finish to the far post. Disaster for the home side
  • 83'
    AssistCiaran Clark
  • 83'
    GoalStilian Petrov
  • 83'
    Then a second later, Villa goes in front! It's Petrov putting the visitors ahead!
  • 82'
    Two penalty shouts for Villa, but none given!
  • 81'
    Villa sitting back now, content to try and hold onto the point. Pressure on Chelsea to avoid another draw
  • 79'
    Gary Gardner makes his Villa debut, brother of Sunderland's Craig Gardner
  • 78'
    SubstitutionMarc Albrighton Gary Gardner
  • 78'
    SubstitutionCharles N'Zogbia Darren Bent
  • 77'
    Chelsea starting to sense blood in the water. Villa preparing a double substitution.
  • 76'
    Fantastic strike from distance from the substitute Bosingwa, it's swerving in the air and Guzan makes a great save
  • 75'
    SubstitutionPaulo Ferreira José Bosingwa
  • 75'
    Great turn and pass from Torres finds Drogba in the box, but his effort is disappointing, and the ball is dragged wide of the near post
  • 72'
    Petrov goes down injured, and play is halted for a couple minutes
  • 68'
    Poor clearance from Luiz and poor defense from Cole leads to an Albrighton half-volley, but it's straight at Cech
  • 67'
    Yellow CardCarlos Javier Cuéllar
  • 66'
    Penalty shout for Chelsea! Cole played it off Dunne's arm, but it was against his chest and play is rightly waived on
  • 63'
    SubstitutionDaniel Sturridge Fernando Torres
  • 63'
    And right away, Torres smashes a shot off the bar! Fantastic hit from distance, Guzan was beaten.
  • 62'
    Torres is on and rather surprisingly, it's Sturridge who is removed. Hasn't been his greatest game to be fair
  • 61'
    Fantastic run from Mata, who floats a great cross into the middle, but Warnock is able to defend the header from Sturridge
  • 57'
    SubstitutionOriol Romeu Frank Lampard
  • 57'
    Agbonlahor turns Terry in the box, but his near-post finish spins wide
  • 54'
    Andre Villas-Boas must be getting frustrated on the touchline. I'd expect to see Lampard and/or Torres on sometime soon.
  • 52'
    Chance Villa! Agbonlahor is played through by Albrighton and is all alone with Cech, but his finish isn't firm enough and goes straight to the goalkeeper
  • 50'
    Warnock drives forward and earns a free kick. Cross comes in and finds Collins' chest at the far post, and it nearly deflects in
  • 47'
    An early chance for Chelsea as Mata's cross fizzes through the box, but nobody can get a touch on it
  • 46'
    The second half is underway! No changes at halftime for either side
  • That's the half. Chelsea has failed to impress at home thus far, and despite having more of the ball, needed a silly challenge by Richard Dunne to concede the penalty leading to its goal.
  • 42'
    Another free kick for Chelsea, this time in a much more dangerous position. Drogba's shot takes a touch going through the wall and goes wide for a corner
  • 40'
    Free kick for Chelsea, and Drogba sends it well over the bar
  • 38'
    Chelsea probing now, but Dunne makes a few good interventions in a row to snuff out the attack
  • 34'
    Warnock with a great block on Mata after Guzan can only palm Drogba's cross to the Spain international.
  • 32'
    Yellow CardJohn Terry
  • 32'
    Heavy challenge from Terry on Agbonlahor near midfield earns the England captain a yellow card
  • 30'
    Despite conceding, Chelsea might be lucky there. Terry appeared to have blocked the ball off the line with his arm, which would have been a penalty and quite possibly a red card also
  • 29'
    Ireland with some great work, gets the ball to N'Zogbia, who beats his man and draws it back to Ireland. His initial shot is blocked by Terry off the line, but he puts in the rebound for his first Aston Villa goal
  • 28'
    AssistCharles N'Zogbia
  • 28'
    GoalStephen Ireland
  • 28'
    And just as I say that, Villa has the equalizer!
  • 27'
    Chelsea hasn't been too impressive so far, but it has the lead thanks to a bad challenge from Dunne. Villa will feel like it can respond here
  • 23'
    Penalty GoalDidier Drogba
  • 23'
    Drogba steps up and....GOAL CHELSEA! Puts it under Guzan's dive and he really could have saved that
  • 22'
    Penalty Chelsea! Dunne with a really foolish lunge on Drogba. Gave the referee no choice
  • 18'
    Chance for Villa to break, but Ireland's pass is behind the surging Albrighton. On the other end, Sturridge pulls back onto his left and fires just over the bar.
  • 14'
    Agbonlahor's pace is giving Luiz some trouble down the left side. As usual, he looks like Villa's best attacking threat
  • 11'
    Sturridge sends a floated ball going well over the net, but Guzan, for some reason, tries to save it from going out and cheaply gives away a corner in the process. Mistake from the U.S. keeper there
  • 8'
    Albrighton sends a great cross in for Agbonlahor, but Luiz is tight to his man and is able to win the header
  • 7'
    Almost the entire match being played in Villa's half so far, as expected. Villa will look to utilize the counterattack
  • 4'
    Ramires sneaks in and wins the ball from Dunne, who then has to foul the Brazilian. Mata whips the free kick in, but it's cleared
  • 1'
    Chelsea on the offensive right off the bat, winning a corner
  • 1'
    We are underway at Stamford Bridge!
  • Hello all, Seth Vertelney with you here for today's Chelsea/Aston Villa match. After a run of draws, the Blues really need all three points today