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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,332
  • Drogba - pen (22)
  • Ireland (27)
    Petrov (82) Bent (85)
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93mins

Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Juan Mata shoots direct from the free kick.

93mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

92mins

The ball is swung over by Ramires, Stephen Warnock gets a block in.

91mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball.

88mins

Effort on goal by Ramires from a long way out goes over the bar.

86mins

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.

85mins

Shot by Gary Gardner. Save by Petr Cech.

85mins

Jose Bosingwa challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stiliyan Petrov.

83mins

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.

80mins

Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Dunne.

80mins

Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

80mins

Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

77mins

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.

76mins

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.

76mins

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

75mins

Jose Bosingwa replaces Paulo Ferreira.

74mins

Didier Drogba has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

71mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

70mins

Raul Meireles produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.

70mins

David Luiz produces a cross, blocked by Ciaran Clark.

69mins

Centre by Raul Meireles, clearance by Richard Dunne.

69mins

Centre by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

69mins

Didier Drogba delivers the ball, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

69mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball.

68mins

Shot by Marc Albrighton from 18 yards. Petr Cech makes a save.

67mins

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.

66mins

The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance made by James Collins.

65mins

Charles N'Zogbia challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

63mins

Fernando Torres takes a shot.

62mins

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.

61mins

The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

59mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, blocked by James Collins.

58mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

57mins

Frank Lampard on for Oriol Romeu.

53mins

Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Paulo Ferreira. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

53mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

52mins

Raul Meireles takes the inswinging corner, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

52mins

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.

50mins

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.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sturridge, Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.

49mins

The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia.

47mins

Juan Mata produces a cross.

46mins

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.

45mins

Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.

43mins

Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance by James Collins.

42mins

Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Oriol Romeu. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.

39mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ireland on Raul Meireles. Didier Drogba produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

39mins

Ramires crosses the ball, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

39mins

A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Ramires. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Centre by Didier Drogba, Juan Mata takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.

33mins

Shot by Stephen Ireland. Save by Petr Cech.

32mins

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.

31mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball, Marc Albrighton manages to make a clearance.

31mins

John Terry produces a cross, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oriol Romeu by Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Oriol Romeu.

28mins

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.

27mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.

25mins

Marc Albrighton sends in a cross.

25mins

Stephen Warnock produces a cross, clearance made by John Terry.

22mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Richard Dunne. Didier Drogba scores a placed penalty. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.

21mins

The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge, save by Bradley Guzan.

20mins

Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

19mins

Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

17mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Oriol Romeu. James Collins takes the free kick.

15mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by David Luiz.

14mins

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

13mins

Effort from just outside the area by Raul Meireles goes over the target.

12mins

Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

12mins

Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, save by Bradley Guzan.

10mins

Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.

9mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.

9mins

Corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.

8mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball, Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.

8mins

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

7mins

David Luiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.

4mins

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.

3mins

Richard Dunne challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata.

2mins

Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

1mins

Juan Mata takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.

Match Preview

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."

Formation:433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea

Formation: 4411Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

  • Petr Cech
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • David Luiz
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Ramires
  • Oriol Romeu
  • Raul Meireles
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Didier Drogba
  • Juan Mata
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Frank Lampard
  • Fernando Torres
  • Florent Malouda
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Salomon Kalou
  • Sam Hutchinson

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

    WWWDDD
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • DLWLLD

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 3
  • Aston Villa
  • 02/01/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 16/10/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 7 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 27/03/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 17/10/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 21/02/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 05/10/2008

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 9
  • F Lampard 5
  • J Terry 4
  • JM Mata 4
  • DN Ramires 3
  • D Drogba 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • N Anelka 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1

Aston Villa

  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • D Bent 4
  • S Petrov 3
  • M Albrighton 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 40
    • Goals per game 19
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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