Striker Romelu Lukaku scored as Chelsea got back on track in the race for the Premier League title on Sunday. In yesterday’s post-winter break Premier League football news, Chelsea won 3-1 away over Aston Villa, finishing 3rd on the table.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had picked up only one win in their previous four Premier League matches, as we covered then.
But Chelsea made their comeback on Sunday by literally coming from behind to claim an important victory over Aston Villa.
Defender Reece James scored an own goal to hand Aston Villa the initial 0-1 lead midway through the first half.
However, Chelsea responded in kind when Blues midfielder Jorginho levelled the scores from the penalty spot shortly after.
Also, Lukaku came off the bench at half-time and made his presence a memorable one, nodding home on 56 minutes.
Finally, after Villa tackled Lukaku down in the box, Jorginho scored another goal from the ensuing penalty in stoppage time.
Premier League Football News – Chelsea Won 3-1 Away over Aston Villa
Villa enjoyed the better of the chances in the opening stages of this match. Striker Ollie Watkins raced down the left wing and into the 18-yard box on multiple occasions but he couldn’t score.
The home side’s early pressure paid off as they took the lead through a James own goal on 28 minutes. Aston Villa defender Matt Targett delivered a cross, but it deflected off James’ head and past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
To make up for this own goal, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho levelled the scores from the penalty spot at 34 minutes. Aston Villa defender Matthew Cash brought down his opposing forward Callum Hudson-Odoi inside the box.
In the second half, substitute Lukaku’s involvement proved to make the difference. He put his side into the lead with a glancing header into the far bottom corner following Hudson-Odoi’s floated cross.
Midfielder Mason Mount then missed a glorious opportunity to extend Chelsea’s lead when he skipped past opposing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Despite such spectacular effort, though, Mount could not find the back of the empty net.
Lukaku raced behind Villa’s back line in stoppage time and subsequently won Chelsea their second penalty of the match Ezri Konsa brought him down, thus eventually allowing Jorginho dispatch home from the penalty.