• Date: Sat 27 March 2010
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Ref: Walton, P
  • Attendance: 41,825
Chelsea

Chelsea

Lampard (15)

Lampard (44) P

Malouda (57)

Lampard (62) P

Malouda (68)

Kalou (83)

Lampard (90)

7 - 1
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Carew (29)

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Team Lineups

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Paulo Ferreira
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
Joe Cole (Salomon Kalou, 76)
John Obi Mikel
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov (Patrick van Aanholt, 76)
Souza Deco (Michael Ballack, 72)
Nicolas Anelka

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Luke Young, L
Richard Dunne
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Steve Sidwell
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov (Stewart Downing, 63)
John Carew (Nathan Delfouneso, 63)
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Habib Beye, 71)

Match Report
Chelsea put down their marker in the race for the Premier League title as four goals from Frank Lampard led a 7-1 rout of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. His goals were added to by Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou, while Villa's lone strike came as an equaliser from John Carew. On 14 minutes, after sustained possession by the home side, a flashing drive by Lampard 30 yards out was on target but Brad Friedel handled it easily. But a minute later and the England midfielder made no mistake. He side-footed home a right-footer from eight yards out after a Malouda low, left-wing drive arrowed across the Villa defence. Lampard was unmarked at the far post to put the Blues 1-0 up. Chelsea's lead lasted 14 minutes. A right-footed drive by Ashley Young caught left-back Yury Zhirkov napping and Carew snuck up on his blind slide to lash the ball past Petr Cech from six yards. Two minutes before the break and Chelsea breached the visitors' stubborn defence. A deft pass by Malouda found the in-running Zhirkov. The Russian was then tripped by James Collins inside the area. Up stepped Lampard to blast home an unstoppable right-footed penalty. It took 12 minutes of the second half for the Blues to extend their lead. Excellent build-up play saw Deco bisect the Villa defence allowing Zhirkov, on the left, to drive the ball into the middle of the Villa six-yard box where Malouda volleyed home a low drive past the despairing dive of Friedel. The game was all but over on 61 minutes as Lampard side-footed another penalty past Friedel for his hat-trick. This time Zhirkov had been up-ended by Richard Dunne. That goal was Lampard's 150th goal for the Blues, putting him equal third in the Chelsea all-time goal-scoring record, level with Roy Bentley and Peter Osgood. Malouda then got into the act on 68 minutes to notch up the fifth. This time Lampard was the provider as the French winger curled a simple right-footed effort past Friedel from eight yards out. With eight minutes remaining, substitute Kalou got in on the act. Picking up a simple pass from Anelka, the Ivorian slotted home a low right-footed drive past Friedel from just inside the Villa box. With seconds remaining of stoppage time, Lampard hit his fourth and Chelsea's seventh, as his low right-footed drive from just inside the area beat Friedel.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The final whistle goes and Chelsea have demolished Villa to underline their title credentials.

90

There are three minutes of added time.

90
Goal
 

Frank Lampard gets his fourth goal of the game as we enter injury time.

88

Frank Lampard has another effort which is saved by Brad Friedel.

87

Michael Ballack has a shot which is blocked by James Collins.

85

Aston Villa have been demolished today, how will today's result affect their challenge for fourth spot.

83
Goal
 

Nicolas Anelka finds Salomon Kalou who fires the ball into the bottom corner.

82

Salomon Kalou's curling shot is only just wide as the rain starts to ease.

81

Stewart Downing's corner is headed away by Alex.

80

Stephen Warnock crosses towards Stewart Downing but Patrick van Aanholt concedes the corner.

79

Petr Cech makes the catch from the corner.

78

The rain is torrential as Villa try to restore some pride and Steve Sidwell wins a corner off Michael Ballack.

76
Substitution
 

Salomon Kalou is on for Joe Cole.

76
Substitution
 

Patrick van Aanholt comes on for his home debut in place of Yuri Zhirkov.

74

Ashley Young's corner is cleared by Frank Lampard.

73

Nathan Delfouneso's shot is deflected just wide with Petr Cech beaten.

72
Substitution
 

Michael Ballack replaces Deco.

71
Substitution
 

Gabriel Agbonlahor is replaced by Habib Beye.

70

Nicolas Anelka cuts inside and shoots but Brad Friedel makes a good save.

68
Goal
 

Frank Lampard sets up Florent Malouda who is able to pick his spot for his second goal of the game.

65

Nathan Delfouneso makes a great run and beats two or three Chelsea players before losing the ball to John Terry.

63
Substitution
 

Nathan Delfouneso comes on for John Carew.

63
Substitution
 

Stiliyan Petrov is replaced by Stewart Downing.

62
Goal
 

Frank Lampard sends the penalty into the bottom corner for his hat-trick.

61
Yellow Card
 

Richard Dunne brings down Yuri Zhirkov in the area and Chelsea have another penalty.

60

James Milner strikes the ball straight into the wall and Deco picks up possession for Chelsea.

59

Gabriel Agbonlahor claims a free-kick from Paulo Ferreira on the edge of the area.

57
Goal
 

Yuri Zhirkov finds Florent Malouda who sweeps the ball into the net from 10 yards.

55

The corner is eventually cleared for a throw-in to Chelsea as the home side step up the pressure.

54

Chelsea have the first corner of the second half and Florent Malouda sends in a cross which is cleared for another corner.

52

Ashley Young's free-kick is cleared by John Terry straight to Stephen Warnock whose volley is over the bar.

51

Alex concedes a free-kick for fouling Gabriel Agbonlahor and Villa are looking dangerous.

49

The free-kick is swung in by Ashley Young but it's far too deep and easily caught by Petr Cech.

48
Yellow Card
 

Paulo Ferreira pulls back Ashley Young and concedes a free-kick.

47

Joe Cole crosses to the far post and Nicolas Anelka almost beats Brad Friedel to the ball.

Second half
 

The second half gets underway.

Half time
 

The whistle goes for half-time.

45

There are two minutes of added time.

43
Goal
 

Frank Lampard blasts the penalty right-footed past Brad Friedel for his second goal of the game.

43

James Collins makes a challenge on Yuri Zhirkov in the area and this time Chelsea have a penalty.

41

Florent Malouda goes down in the area under a challenge from Luke Young but the referee waves play on.

40

James Milner sends over a cross but it's too close to Petr Cech who makes the catch.

39
Yellow Card
 

Deco goes into the book for a foul on James Milner.

37

Joe Cole's pass finds Nicolas Anelka but the striker is offside.

35

John Carew is flagged offside.

33

Florent Malouda takes another Chelsea corner but it's cleared by Steve Sidwell.

31

Stephen Warnock does well to clear a Florent Malouda cross and the game is end to end now.

30
Yellow Card
 

Yuri Zhirkov is booked for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

29

Deco sends the ball across the area but there's no Chelsea player there.

28
Goal
 

Ashley Young's cross finds John Carew who sidefoots the ball high into the net.

27
Yellow Card
 

Stiliyan Petrov is booked for protesting about the challenge that John Obi Mikel made on James Milner.

26

James Milner is down injured but Chelsea play on and now it's the Villa fans who are unhappy.

25

Frank Lampard is felled by Steve Sidwell but the referee waves play on and the crowd aren't happy.

23

Villa need to regroup as they're looking second best at the moment.

21

Deco shoots but it's straight at Stiliyan Petrov who makes the clearance.

19

Frank Lampard is caught offside.

18

Luke Young heads the ball over the bar for another corner which is cleared by Richard Dunne.

17

John Carew gives the ball away to Joe Cole and Chelsea break but settle for a corner.

15
Goal
 

Frank Lampard makes a great run from the midfield to tap in Florent Malouda's cross at the back post.

13

Frank Lampard shoots from 30 yards but Brad Friedel is able to save comfortably.

12

This is shaping up to be a very competitive game and there's no-one on top at the moment.

11

Ashley Young sends over a cross into the area but there's no-one in a Villa shirt to meet the ball.

9

Nicolas Anelka is caught offside and Ashley Young breaks forward but his cross is too close to Petr Cech.

7

Stephen Warnock's corner is turned goalwards by James Collins but the ball ends up wide of the post.

6

Richard Dunne concedes a corner which is cleared by the Villa defence.

5

Villa have another corner but again Petr Cech is unchallenged and makes the catch.

4

Nicolas Anelka gets a shot in from a tight angle but Brad Friedel has it covered - can the Frenchman make his mark in the surprise absence of Didier Drogba?

2

Villa have an early corner but Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.

1
Kickoff
 

The game gets underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Emile Heskey misses out for Villa but Richard Dunne, James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor all start.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Chelsea make three changes from the side that beat Portsmouth, with Alex, Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka all starting.