Aston Villa vs. Chelsea - Game Report - December 26, 2021

(EFE) – The Belgian Romelu Lukaku who returned to the pitch after his absence due to covid, gave the victory in Villa Park to Chelsea (1-3), who won again after two consecutive draws that took him away from the leadership of the Premier held by Manchester City.

The ‘Boxing Day’ marked the return of Lukaku, absent for two weeks from the competition. The Belgian attacker came out in the second half, after the break, in the place of Trevoh Chalobah.

His appearance was providential for the European champion who had to come back and reached the interval with a draw.

It was Aston Villa, who did not have his coach Steven Gerrard on the bench, affected by the covid, who took advantage on the scoreboard when at half an hour a cross from Matt Targett from the left was deflected with his head by Reece James who dislodged goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The Birmingham team took the lead and were able to extend their income but six minutes later an error by Matty Cash relieved Chelsea. The Polish side locked Callum Hudson Odoi into the area. Penalty converted by Jorginho to establish the tie.

Everything changed later, with Lukaku’s departure to the field. And as soon as he could, he scored. So it was in 57 when a pass from the left by Hudson Odoi was headed by the Belgian forward who beat Argentine Emiliano Martínez. Lukaku signed the fourth for both of him.

On the verge of the end, with Aston Villa overturned on the London area, Lukaku took the ball and began a gallop to the counterattack, alone. He entered the area and Ezri Konsa could only stop him with a trip. A clear penalty that Jorginho transformed again to sentence the triumph of Arsenal.

The triumph places Chelsea in third place, tied on points with second, Liverpool, who have their match against Leeds pending. Both are six behind the leader, Manchester City.