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Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Juan Mata shoots direct from the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
The ball is swung over by Ramires, Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
Juan Mata crosses the ball.
Effort on goal by Ramires from a long way out goes over the bar.
Goal scored by Darren Bent from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Stephen Ireland.
Shot by Gary Gardner. Save by Petr Cech.
Jose Bosingwa challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stiliyan Petrov.
Goal scored by Stiliyan Petrov from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-2 Aston Villa.Assist by Ciaran Clark.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
Fernando Torres takes the inswinging corner, save by Bradley Guzan. Raul Meireles has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right. Darren Bent is brought on as a substitute for Charles N'Zogbia. Marc Albrighton goes off and Gary Gardner comes on.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance made by Richard Dunne. Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line to the near post, save by Bradley Guzan. Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Jose Bosingwa replaces Paulo Ferreira.
Didier Drogba has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Raul Meireles produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
David Luiz produces a cross, blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Centre by Raul Meireles, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Centre by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Didier Drogba delivers the ball, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Shot by Marc Albrighton from 18 yards. Petr Cech makes a save.
Carlos Cuellar challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Cuellar is shown a yellow card. A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, John Terry has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance made by James Collins.
Charles N'Zogbia challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Fernando Torres takes a shot.
Daniel Sturridge fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Fernando Torres joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Sturridge. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, blocked by James Collins.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Frank Lampard on for Oriol Romeu.
Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Paulo Ferreira. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Raul Meireles takes the inswinging corner, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Stephen Warnock fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, James Collins produces a shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Sturridge, Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia.
Juan Mata produces a cross.
Didier Drogba fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata, Unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Ramires results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance by James Collins.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Oriol Romeu. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ireland on Raul Meireles. Didier Drogba produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Ramires crosses the ball, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Ramires. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Didier Drogba, Juan Mata takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
Shot by Stephen Ireland. Save by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Gabriel Agbonlahor. John Terry receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. James Collins takes the free kick.
Juan Mata crosses the ball, Marc Albrighton manages to make a clearance.
John Terry produces a cross, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oriol Romeu by Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Oriol Romeu.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Stephen Ireland scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa.Charles N'Zogbia provided the assist for the goal.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross.
Stephen Warnock produces a cross, clearance made by John Terry.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Richard Dunne. Didier Drogba scores a placed penalty. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge, save by Bradley Guzan.
Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Oriol Romeu. James Collins takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by David Luiz.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
Effort from just outside the area by Raul Meireles goes over the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, save by Bradley Guzan.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.
Juan Mata crosses the ball, Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
David Luiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Paulo Ferreira. Inswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
Richard Dunne challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata.
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Juan Mata takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Ramires boost for Blues
Ramires returns from suspension for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to recall the Brazilian following his one-match ban or stick with his midfield of Frank Lampard, Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu.
Defenders John Terry and Jose Bosingwa have shaken off knocks picked up in the Boxing Day draw against Fulham but Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) remain out along with Michael Essien (knee).
Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea from Bolton is not a foregone conclusion after Villas-Boas revealed the parties were "miles apart" in their negotiations.
Cahill appeared set to become Blues boss Villas-Boas' first January signing after the club agreed a fee with Bolton, believed to be in the region of #7million.
But the 26-year-old's transfer hangs in the balanc, with one stumbling block understood to be the player's salary, and Villas-Boas warned Chelsea would turn to other targets if an agreement could not be reached.
"We're still miles apart regarding agreement with the player," he said.
"We will continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor the other targets for this position."
Villas-Boas would not go into details about the impasse with Cahill or whether Chelsea had made a take-it-or-leave-it offer - but he was nevertheless hopeful of a positive outcome.
"I think we can sort it out - it should be no problem," he said.
"It's in my chief executive's hands at the moment. It's an ongoing conversation.
"We'll have to wait for the best outcome. The best outcome for us is for the player to join us."
Villa hope to have record signing Darren Bent available after a three-game absence with a thigh problem.
Bent will be included in the squad if he comes through a training session unscathed but fellow striker Emile Heskey is ruled out with an Achilles problem.
Right-back Alan Hutton returns after serving a one-game ban for his sending-off against Arsenal but faces a fight for his spot after Carlos Cuellar's recent impressive form.
Boss Alex McLeish has warned his Aston Villa players to beware of a Chelsea backlash.
Villas-Boas conceded Chelsea's hopes of challenging the two Manchester clubs - they trail them by 11 points - were remote after the 1-1 Boxing Day draw with Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
McLeish knows that will have hurt the Blues, but he has challenged his side to repeat their performances against Arsenal and Stoke.
The Scot also masterminded a single goal win over Chelsea when Birmingham boss at St Andrew's last season.
McLeish said: "It's a hard away game. Chelsea don't lose too many at their place.
"But they are starting to lose a bit of ground in the league as opposed to Manchester United and Manchester City.
"That will have hurt the Chelsea players and Villas-Boas and they will try to take that out on Villa to make sure they are still in the hunt.
"But we have got to have something to say about that."
Villa surprise Chelsea
Chelsea's habit of conceding late goals returned to haunt them again as a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa saw them suffer the worst possible end to 2011.
The signing of Gary Cahill cannot come quickly enough on the evidence of the final 10 minutes today, which saw Villa exploit some horrible defending to snatch an unlikely victory, much as Arsenal and Liverpool had done earlier in the season.
Stiliyan Petrov and substitute Darren Bent both scored in the final seven minutes, putting another nail in the Barclays Premier League title hopes of the Blues, who have now taken just three of the last 12 points on offer and have dropped out of the top four.
Didier Drogba's penalty - his 150th Chelsea goal - had given the home side the lead but Stephen Ireland put his off-field problems behind him to equalise before the late drama.
They had been boosted before kick-off by the news of Manchester United's shock home defeat to Blackburn as they sought to end a run of three straight draws and keep their fading championship hopes alive.
They were immediately on the attack and James Collins stopped Juan Mata testing Brad Guzan from close range.
But the hosts were soon grateful themselves when David Luiz did enough to prevent Gabriel Agbonlahor getting a clean header on Marc Albrighton's cross.
Both sides began giving the ball away before Ireland wasted a great chance to slide in Albrighton, with Villa belying their recent run of one win in seven.
But they shot themselves in the foot in the 22nd minute when Richard Dunne lunged in on Drogba and referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty.
Drogba stepped up to score straight down the middle, going level on 150 Chelsea goals with Roy Bentley and Peter Osgood, who is buried under the Shed End penalty spot.
But as against Fulham on Boxing Day, the Blues conceded less than 10 minutes after taking the lead.
Charles N'Zogbia got to the byline and cut the ball back for Ireland, whose shot was blocked on the line by John Terry - possibly by a hand - straight back to the midfielder, who slotted home his first goal for Villa and first for more than two years.
It was the perfect response by the midfielder to his Twitter troubles after manager Alex McLeish admonished him for being pictured apparently smoking a Shisha pipe.
Terry was then booked for clattering into Agbonlahor on the halfway line before Stephen Warnock threw himself forward to block Mata's shot.
Chelsea started the second half as they did the first, Daniel Sturridge close to connecting with Mata's low cross.
But Villa remained a threat and Collins almost inadvertently bundled home N'Zogbia's free-kick before Agbonlahor missed a glorious 53rd minute chance on the break.
The visitors burst forward after a Chelsea attack, perfectly exploiting a three-on-one to release Agbonlahor, whose finish was too close to Petr Cech.
Villas-Boas threw on the axed Frank Lampard for Oriol Romeu four minutes later, moments before Agbonlahor dragged another chance wide.
Mata almost conjured up a chance for Sturridge with some magical wing play, with the latter immediately replaced by Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard, who had also been dropped, was desperately unlucky not to make an instant impact, crashing a 30-yard shot against the crossbar - possibly via a deflection.
Ashley Cole had a handball appeal against Dunne waved away by Halsey, who did then book Carlos Cuellar for a robust tackle on Drogba.
There was some light relief when a fan invaded the pitch and proceeded to hug Terry before being ejected as Chelsea poured forward.
Drogba fired Torres' through ball wide, with Jose Bosingwa then replacing Paulo Ferreira for the final 15 minutes, the substitute immediately testing Guzan from 25 yards.
Villa sent on Bent and Gary Gardner for N'Zogbia and Albrighton but remained on the back foot until dramatically taking the lead seven minutes from time.
Ciaran Clark was allowed to carry the ball forward and Petrov ran into what was mammoth gap between Terry and Luiz to clip the ball over Cech.
Petrov limped off injured with Barry Bannan coming on and it was game over three minutes later, Lampard's pass intercepted by Ireland, who burst forward and squared for Bent to beat the onrushing Cech.
Chelsea were jeered off by their own fans, who will be hoping for much better in 2012.
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