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Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea

By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport
Jose Mourinho is sent off

Chelsea's title bid suffered a major blow with a defeat by Aston Villa in which two Blues players and manager Jose Mourinho were sent off.

The league leaders, who had a first-half goal ruled out for handball, were reduced to 10 men when Willian was shown a second yellow card.

And Villa made the extra man count as Fabian Delph finished Marc Albrighton's low cross with a superb back-heel.

Ramires and Mourinho were then both ordered off in a bad-tempered finale.

Mourinho tight-lipped on referee Foy

The Blues' boss was sent to the stands for protesting during the melee that followed a two-footed lunge by Ramires on Karim El Ahmadi.

The defeat means Chelsea's Premier League lead over Manchester City is now six points. City, who had beaten Hull 2-0 earlier in the day despite captain Vincent Kompany's early red card, have three games in hand.

Mourinho has repeatedly played down his team's title chances and, on this evidence, he may be justified after a lacklustre performance that raised serious questions about their ability to stay on top of the pile.

The Blues created few chances in either half, with striker Fernando Torres anonymous up front and Brazilians Oscar and Willian lacking spark.

Villa, meanwhile, were good value for a victory which moved them up to 10th in the table, and could have won by a greater margin had Delph's late effort not deflected off Gary Cahill and onto the crossbar.

Chelsea reprised their habit of starting slowly, failing to score in the first half for their fourth successive Premier League game.

A soporific opening period only came alive in the closing stages when Villa striker Christian Benteke flashed a low volley from outside the box narrowly past a post, before Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was denied what would have been his first goal for the Blues.

The Serbian was unmarked at the far post as John Terry flicked on Willian's corner, but the ball bobbled off his thigh and onto his arm before he bundled it past Brad Guzan.

Chelsea began the second period on the offensive and were almost rewarded when Eden Hazard's cut-back deflected towards goal off El Ahmadi, requiring Guzan to claw clear.

With chances few and far between, Chelsea were looking to their more creative players to unlock the door but, when Oscar found space in the area, he could only side-foot tamely at Guzan.

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Villa remained a threat on the break and almost took the lead through Benteke. After exchanging passes with Andreas Weimann, however, the Belgium international stroked his effort inches wide.

Midway through the half, Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Willian - who had earlier been booked for upending El Ahmadi - was shown a second yellow card for tripping Delph as he scampered towards goal.

Then, with eight minutes remaining, Villa made their numerical advantage tell as the ball was swept across the pitch to substitute Albrighton, whose low cut-back was back-heeled outrageously into the far corner by Delph.

Deep into stoppage-time, Chelsea's frustrations boiled over as Ramires jumped into an ugly challenge with El Ahmadi and was immediately shown a red card by Chris Foy.

Mourinho was then sent to the stands as he tried to enter the field to talk to Foy, compounding a miserable evening for the Blues.

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Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 7Bacuna
  • 3BennettBooked at 45minsSubstituted forClarkat 78'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 4VlaarBooked at 77mins
  • 2BakerBooked at 5mins
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 16Delph
  • 20BentekeBooked at 67mins
  • 10Weimann
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forAlbrightonat 75'minutes


  • 6Clark
  • 12Albrighton
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 29Holt
  • 34Lowton
  • 37Robinson


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21Matic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 22WillianBooked at 68mins
  • 7Santos do NascimentoBooked at 90mins
  • 9TorresSubstituted forBaat 67'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forSchürrleat 67'minutes
  • 17E Hazard


  • 8Lampard
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 33Kalas
Chris Foy

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamChelsea
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0.

  3. Dismissal

    Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

  5. Post update

    Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

  16. Post update

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark replaces Joe Bennett.

  19. Booking

    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

2Man City27193571274460
7Man Utd28146846311548
10Aston Villa2997133238-634
12West Ham2987143238-631
16West Brom29513113343-1028
17Crystal Palace2984171938-1928
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