Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea: SEcond-half fightback gives Chelsea win

Chelsea returned to Premier League action by coming from behind to beat relegation-threatened Aston Villa and strengthen their bid for a top-four finish.

The Blues dominated the first half but fell behind when Kepa failed to hold Anwar El Ghazi’s shot and Kortney Hause was on hand to bundle in.

Chelsea fought back after the break and turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes.

First, substitute Christian Pulisic smashed Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross into the roof of the net at the far post before Olivier Giroud drove in from 15 yards with the help of a slight deflection.

The win means fourth-placed Chelsea restored their five-point advantage over Manchester United and Wolves, who are fifth and sixth respectively.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone, one point from safety after taking one point from their first two games back following the resumption of the Premier League.

More to follow.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2.

Booking

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Attempt saved. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jota (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Willian.

Foul by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).

Mbwana Samatta (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Jota (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jota replaces John McGinn.

Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Trézéguet.

Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matt Targett.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ørjan Nyland.

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matt Targett.

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Mbwana Samatta (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Tammy Abraham replaces Olivier Giroud.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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