Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea- Match Report
Report of match 11th May 2013
Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea- Match Report.
Lampard breaks Blues record with brace
Frank Lampard etched his name into the history books by deposing Bobby Tambling as Chelsea's record goalscorer with a match-winning brace in a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa.
The England midfielder, restored to the starting XI ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final, cancelled out Christian Benteke's opener with a sweet left-footed effort just after the hour mark before sealing the points - and the record - with a close-range effort three minutes from time.
That left him with 203 career goals for the Blues, a fitting landmark forged over 12 years at Stamford Bridge.
Victory in a dramatic match that saw both Ramires and Benteke sent off for two yellow cards effectively assures Chelsea's Champions League status next season, while leaving Villa still in the relegation equation.
The first half had been such a different story, Villa ending it 1-0 up and with a man advantage.
Villa fashioned a neat passing move in the second minute, building from the back and gaining momentum when Fabian Delph powered past Ramires in midfield.
But they took one too many touches around the box and a shot on goal never materialised.
Nathan Baker was handed a yellow card in the fourth minute after going in hard on Juan Mata, but that did not curb Villa's combative streak as a number of full-blooded challenges went in.
Benteke was proving his usual handful in attack too, winning nearly everything in the air, and it was no surprise to see him on the scoresheet in the 15th minute.
He beat Gary Cahill to a Brad Guzan clearance and then peeled off at speed to take Yacouba Sylla's return pass.
The Belgian then glided past Cahill with ball at feet and slipped his shot past Petr Cech at the near post.
Villa had the bit between their teeth and Delph almost added a second two minutes later when he rode Ramires' challenge and shot just wide from 25 yards.
By the time the customary applause for retiring captain Stiliyan Petrov, who continues his battle with leukemia, arrived in the 19th minute, the home side were well on top.
Demba Ba almost spoiled the party when he got on the end of Mata's chipped pass but Guzan smothered his attempt from close range.
On the half-hour Lampard came desperately close to his landmark goal, seeing a low free-kick squirm out of Guzan's hands and roll gently against a post.
Chelsea were starting to find their feet in the game when a series of refereeing decisions took centre stage.
The first two appeared to err on the lenient, Benteke booked rather than sent off for an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta and Terry also shown yellow despite seeming to be the last man when he felled Sylla.
Lee Mason did flourish red just before the interval though, the struggling Ramires earning a second booking for high feet on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Rafael Benitez reshuffled at half-time, sending on David Luiz to anchor the midfield and taking off the ineffective Victor Moses.
Villa's extra man lasted only until the 58th minute, Benteke the man to go this time, again for a second yellow and again for high feet.
Within two minutes the scores were level and Lampard was celebrating his long-awaited record-equalling goal. Eden Hazard rolled him the ball from the right flank, he shepherded it into a more central position and then fired home a curling left-footed effort.
He was duly mobbed by team-mates as he ran to the away support to take in the moment.
The frenetic pace continued, with Chelsea believing they had gone ahead after 71 minutes.
Former Villa man Cahill took the ball on the chest before prodding goalwards at the back post.
Guzan was beaten but Sylla managed to trap it on the line. Ba and Ashley Westwood both moved in, with the latter convincing officials his clearance came before the ball had crossed.
Chelsea's substitutes, warming up on the touchline, seemed to disagree but their appeals went unheard.
Terry departed on a stretcher after suffering an injury which will place his own Europa League final hopes in severe doubt, but Lampard was yet to have his final say on proceedings.
The winner came from a fine Chelsea move, Hazard taking in a one-two in left channel before cutting the ball across goal for Lampard.
As so often in his Chelsea career, he was in the right place at the right time and he tapped home with ease.
The celebrations which followed were both intense and lengthy, with all Chelsea's players involved.
Seven minutes' injury time were eventually issued but Villa could not find an equaliser despite their efforts.M
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 12:45 Venue: Villa Park Attendance: 42,084|
|1 - 2||Chelsea
Lampard 61, 88
|90+0||The ball is swung over by Joe Bennett, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic. Ashley Westwood takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Cesar Azpilicueta.|
|90+0||Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood.|
|90+0||Yacouba Sylla takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.|
|90+0||Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Juan Mata. Effort on goal by David Luiz from long range goes over the crossbar.|
|87||Frank Lampard finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Eden Hazard.|
|86||Shot from 20 yards from Ashley Westwood. Save by Petr Cech. Andreas Weimann is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech. Demba Ba goes off and Fernando Torres comes on.|
|85||Frank Lampard takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.|
|84||Drilled left-footed shot by Joe Bennett. Gary Cahill gets a block in.|
|83||Frank Lampard challenges Andreas Weimann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Lampard receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.|
|83||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata, Nathan Baker makes a clearance.|
|82||A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta.|
|81||Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Eric Lichaj results in a free kick. Strike comes in from David Luiz from the free kick, save made by Bradley Guzan.|
|79||Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard. Strike on goal comes in from Juan Mata from the free kick.|
|78||The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Bennett. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.|
|77||The ball is swung over by Cesar Azpilicueta, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Frank Lampard goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|74||John Terry goes off and Branislav Ivanovic comes on.|
|72||Corner taken by Juan Mata.|
|71||The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, Eric Lichaj gets a block in. Juan Mata takes the outswinging corner, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Clearance by Andreas Weimann.|
|67||Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Fabian Delph goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|66||Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood.|
|65||Andreas Weimann crosses the ball, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.|
|60||Frank Lampard fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea.Eden Hazard provided the assist for the goal.|
|57||John Terry fouled by Christian Benteke, the ref awards a free kick. Red card for Christian Benteke. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.|
|55||Fabian Delph has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.|
|54||Joe Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta. Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.|
|52||Yacouba Sylla challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.|
|51||Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.|
|51||Yacouba Sylla takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.|
|49||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Luiz by Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.|
|49||Demba Ba is caught offside. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|46||The official flags Andreas Weimann offside. Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.|
|46||Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.|
|45||(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with David Luiz coming on for Victor Moses.|
|45+0||Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.|
|45+0||Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Andreas Weimann. Direct free kick taken by Eric Lichaj.|
|44||Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick. Nascimento Ramires sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|42||Gary Cahill fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.|
|41||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yacouba Sylla by John Terry. John Terry is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.|
|40||Foul by Christian Benteke on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the free kick.|
|39||Andreas Weimann produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.|
|38||Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post, Yacouba Sylla manages to make a clearance.|
|37||Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.|
|36||Frank Lampard has a drilled shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.|
|35||Christian Benteke challenges Cesar Azpilicueta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Christian Benteke goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.|
|34||Foul by Nascimento Ramires on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Bradley Guzan takes the direct free kick.|
|32||Free kick awarded for a foul by Demba Ba on Andreas Weimann. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|30||Juan Mata delivers the ball, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.|
|29||Eden Hazard takes a outswinging corner.|
|28||Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard. Frank Lampard shoots direct from the free kick, save by Bradley Guzan.|
|27||The ball is crossed by Joe Bennett, clearance made by Gary Cahill. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood, save made by Petr Cech.|
|23||Juan Mata takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.|
|23||Cesar Azpilicueta fouled by Andreas Weimann, the ref awards a free kick. Juan Mata crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Fabian Delph.|
|22||Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.|
|21||The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.|
|19||A cross is delivered by Eden Hazard, clearance by Ron Vlaar.|
|18||Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on Nascimento Ramires. Juan Mata delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.|
|16||Fabian Delph has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.|
|15||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Nascimento Ramires. Nascimento Ramires goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Joe Bennett takes the direct free kick.|
|14||Christian Benteke finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea.Assist by Yacouba Sylla.|
|6||Victor Moses is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.|
|4||The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.|
|3||Nathan Baker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. The referee shows Nathan Baker a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.|