Branislav Ivanovic powered in a second-half header as Chelsea won a feisty game against Aston Villa.

Chelsea went ahead after Eden Hazard's shot was unluckily pushed into his own goal by Antonio Luna, before Christian Benteke struck a precise equaliser.

Ivanovic was left unmarked to convert a Frank Lampard free-kick, but only after Villa felt the defender should have been sent off for an elbow on Benteke.

Villa had a late penalty appeal for a handball by John Terry turned down.

Stamford Bridge stronghold

Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, winning 48 and drawing 14 of his 62 games in charge at the ground across his two periods in charge

There were heated scenes on the touchline between managers Jose Mourinho and Paul Lambert, as the Villa boss argued Ivanovic should have received more than a booking for the incident with Benteke.

The Scot was then further infuriated by the failure to award the injury-time penalty.

Lambert's inexperienced side were beaten 8-0 by the hosts in December, with six survivors remaining in the Villa starting line-up from that crushing defeat.

The visitors have progressed steadily from that low point, however, with their improvement on display in last Saturday's impressive 3-1 opening weekend victory at Arsenal.

Buoyed by Mourinho's winning return as manager against Hull, there was an equally positive mood among a vocal home support at a balmy Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho says Paul Lambert "wants to be the ref."

Hazard and Oscar combined to force the early breakthrough as the latter's perfectly weighted through-ball sent his colleague clear inside the penalty box.

The Belgian's curled effort was palmed away by the stretching Brad Guzan, but he could only force the ball into the chest of the helpless Luna from point-blank range.

Despite the early setback, Villa did not resemble the flaky team that conceded 69 top-flight goals last team, remaining compact as they fought to prevent a repeat of Chelsea's rampant first-half display against Hull.

Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa: Paul Lambert on moments 'unpunished'

Indeed, they could have levelled the game only for Andreas Weimann to make poor contact with Luna's centre after he had intelligently peeled away from marker Ashley Cole.

Chelsea continued to dominate possession without ever threatening, and this lack of penetration was to be punished seconds before the half-time whistle.

Brilliant Benteke

Christian Benteke has scored an unrivalled 17 Premier League goals in 2013

Gabriel Agbonlahor burned off the sluggish Ivanovic out wide, with Benteke in position to expertly place an equaliser off Petr Cech's near post after he was given a yard of space by Chelsea captain Terry.

The Belgium international's effort was his 17th top-flight strike in 2013,  putting him three goals ahead of second-placed Robin van Persie of Manchester United.

After the break Weimann forced an excellent stop from Cech after being picked out by Benteke's delightful chipped pass before Agbonlahor curled narrowly over after a swift counter-attack.

Chelsea were stung into life by those chances, and went in front through Ivanovic's header minutes after he was booked for clashing with Benteke.

Buoyed by the youth and pace of substitutes Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea - who play Manchester United and Bayern Munich in their next games - remained on the front foot in the final stages.

But there was still time for referee Kevin Friend to turn away Villa shouts for a spot-kick at the death when Terry appeared to block Agbonlahor's header with his arm.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic Booked
  • 03 Cole
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 07 Ramires
  • 08 Lampard
  • 10 Mata (Schurrle - 65' )
  • 11 Oscar (Van Ginkel - 84' )
  • 17 Hazard
  • 19 Ba (Lukaku - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 12 Mikel
  • 15 De Bruyne
  • 16 Van Ginkel
  • 14 Schurrle
  • 18 Lukaku

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan Booked
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 06 Clark (Okore - 43' )
  • 14 Luna
  • 34 Lowton
  • 08 El Ahmadi Booked (Tonev - 82' )
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 16 Delph
  • 10 Weimann
  • 11 Agbonlahor
  • 20 Benteke Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Steer
  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Okore
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 18 Sylla
  • 24 Tonev
  • 09 Helenius
Ref: Friend
Att: 41,527

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

3 3

Corners

1 2

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +5:03

Clearance made by Fabian Delph.

90:00 +4:57

Short corner worked by Eden Hazard.

90:00 +4:40

Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.

90:00 +4:38

The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole.

90:00 +3:34

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:33

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.

90:00 +3:04

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:03

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:25

Clearance by Andre Schurrle.

90:00 +2:25

A cross is delivered by Antonio Luna.

90:00 +2:10

Bradley Guzan receives a yellow card for dissent.

90:00 +2:10 Booking

Booking

90:00 +1:54

Clearance by Petr Cech.

90:00 +1:48

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:35

Marco van Ginkel manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:16

Clearance made by Gary Cahill.

90:00 +0:04

Antonio Luna makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:03

Andre Schurrle makes a clearance.

88:52

Clearance made by Frank Lampard.

88:50

Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

88:47

Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

88:44

Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

88:29

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded.

87:41

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

87:11

Frank Lampard takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

86:42

Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

86:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Benteke.

85:53

Clearance by Gary Cahill.

85:51

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

85:50

Matthew Lowton delivers the ball.

85:46

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Petr Cech fumbles the ball.

85:28

Marco van Ginkel makes a clearance.

83:15 Substitution

Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Marco van Ginkel coming on for Emboaba Oscar.

82:36

Aleksandar Tonev sends in a cross.

82:25

Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.

82:10

Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Antonio Luna gets a block in.

81:37 Substitution

Substitution Aleksandar Tonev is brought on as a substitute for Karim El Ahmadi.

79:57

Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.

79:39

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Emboaba Oscar, free kick awarded.

79:26

Ashley Westwood manages to make a clearance.

79:24

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

78:52

Clearance made by Frank Lampard.

77:40

Romelu Lukaku takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

77:39

Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.

75:48

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

75:35

Petr Cech takes the free kick.

75:07

Booking for Christian Benteke for dissent.

75:07 Booking

Booking

74:33

Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Christian Benteke results in a free kick.

73:48

Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

71:30

Ashley Westwood goes into the book for dissent.

71:30 Booking

Booking

72:02

Assist by Frank Lampard.

72:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Branislav Ivanovic - Chelsea 2 - 1 A Villa Branislav Ivanovic grabs a goal with a headed effort. Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa.

72:00

Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

71:17

Emboaba Oscar takes the free kick.

71:10

Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Fabian Delph results in a free kick.

70:47

Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.

70:44

Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

70:14

Branislav Ivanovic goes into the referee's book.

70:14 Booking

Booking

69:44

Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.

69:10

Shot by Andre Schurrle missed to the right of the target.

68:54

Emboaba Oscar takes the free kick.

68:52

Foul by Fabian Delph on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded.

68:42

Clearance by Jores Okore.

68:27

Nascimento Ramires has an effort at goal. Jores Okore gets a block in.

68:10

Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

67:40

The referee gives a free kick against Christian Benteke for handball.

66:15

Nascimento Ramires has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

65:50

Clearance by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

65:33

Gary Cahill takes the free kick.

65:30

Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Christian Benteke results in a free kick.

64:33

Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.

64:26 Substitution

Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Andre Schurrle coming on for Juan Mata.

64:19 Substitution

Substitution Demba Ba leaves the field to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku.

64:01 Booking

Booking

64:01

Caution for Karim El Ahmadi.

63:41

Unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.

63:36

The ball is sent over by Ashley Westwood.

63:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

63:29

Nascimento Ramires makes a clearance.

62:52

Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal. A parry by Petr Cech prevents the goal.

62:09

Clearance by Fabian Delph.

62:07

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

62:04

Frank Lampard delivers the ball.

60:53

Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor went harmlessly over the bar.

60:35

Antonio Luna restarts play with the free kick.

59:53

Unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Emboaba Oscar results in a free kick.

59:15

Eden Hazard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

59:13

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

59:03

Clearance by Jores Okore.

58:08

Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

57:38

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded.

57:36

Clearance made by Nascimento Ramires.

56:50

Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.

55:30

Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

55:00

Foul by Nascimento Ramires on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.

53:36

Emboaba Oscar makes a clearance.

53:28

Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

52:30

Juan Mata crosses the ball.

52:27

Jores Okore makes a clearance.

51:40

Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.

50:43

Emboaba Oscar sends in a cross.

48:20

Clearance made by Jores Okore.

48:09

Clearance by John Terry.

46:21

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

45:47

The offside flag is raised against Demba Ba.

45:35

Matthew Lowton sends in a cross.

45:33

Free kick taken by Karim El Ahmadi.

45:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by John Terry.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:37 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:50

Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

45:00 +2:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - Chelsea 1 - 1 A Villa Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa.

45:00 +2:41

Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

45:00 +1:46

Demba Ba takes a shot. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

45:00 +1:40

Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

45:00 +1:11

The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Agbonlahor.

45:00 +0:51

Free kick crossed by Frank Lampard.

45:00 +0:25

Jores Okore concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba.

44:50

Clearance by Ashley Cole.

44:45

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

44:24

Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Andreas Weimann.

43:54

Petr Cech takes the free kick.

43:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Jores Okore.

43:14

Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

43:12

Fabian Delph delivers the ball.

42:34

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

42:28

Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

42:19 Substitution

Substitution Jores Okore comes on in place of Ciaran Clark.

41:42

Gabriel Agbonlahor is ruled offside.

41:37

Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

41:08

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

41:04

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

39:01

The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba.

36:56

Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

36:30

Nascimento Ramires restarts play with the free kick.

36:25

Antonio Luna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar.

35:46

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

34:51

Shot by Emboaba Oscar went wide of the right-hand post.

33:56

Eden Hazard makes a clearance.

31:58

Ashley Cole makes a clearance.

31:55

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

31:22

Handball by Ashley Cole.

30:09

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

29:45

Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.

29:25

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard.

29:21

Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

29:19

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

28:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against Demba Ba.

28:06

Demba Ba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ron Vlaar.

28:01

Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball.

26:54

Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

25:47

Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

25:44

Foul by Fabian Delph on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded.

25:39

Bradley Guzan makes a clearance.

24:44

Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick and goes over the bar.

23:41

Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.

22:39

Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

20:56

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

20:48

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

20:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emboaba Oscar on Ciaran Clark.

20:03

Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

20:00

Juan Mata delivers the ball.

19:46

Header at goal by Andreas Weimann to the left of the net.

19:45

The ball is crossed by Antonio Luna.

19:43

Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

19:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Branislav Ivanovic.

19:21

Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

18:43

Emboaba Oscar takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

18:38

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

17:28

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

17:11

Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.

17:00

Gabriel Agbonlahor is ruled offside.

16:48

Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.

16:39

Emboaba Oscar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton.

16:02

Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

15:33

The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba.

14:55

John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

14:36

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded.

14:29

Clearance by John Terry.

14:26

John Terry manages to make a clearance.

13:50

Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.

13:29

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick.

12:31

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

12:30

John Terry makes a clearance.

11:13

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

10:23

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

9:09

Shot by Emboaba Oscar missed to the left of the target.

8:28

Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

8:26

Emboaba Oscar sends in a cross.

5:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Antonio Luna - Chelsea 1 - 0 A Villa Antonio Luna puts the ball into their own goal. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.

5:25

Eden Hazard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan fumbles the ball.

5:15

Andreas Weimann manages to make a clearance.

5:13

The ball is delivered by Eden Hazard.

4:54

Clearance made by Andreas Weimann.

4:02

Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.

3:46

Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

2:21

Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

2:00

The referee gives a free kick against Christian Benteke for handball.

1:51

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

1:19

Demba Ba is ruled offside.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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