Jorginho double as Chelsea beat Villa

Jorginho double as Chelsea beat Villa


Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea in January, the Blues have scored more penalties in the Premier League than any other side (12), with Jorginho netting 10 of these himself

Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa and move level on points with second-placed Liverpool.

Villa had taken a fortunate lead in the 28th minute when Matt Targett’s whipped cross from the left was met by Chelsea defender Reece James and his glancing header diverted the ball past Edouard Mendy and into the net for an own goal.

But Chelsea were level six minutes later with Jorginho converting a penalty after Callum Hudson-Odoi had been brought down by Matty Cash’s clumsy challenge in the 18-yard box.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had missed three matches because of Covid-19, came on at the start of the second half and scored within 11 minutes, heading in from Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Lukaku helped create Chelsea’s third as he won an injury-time penalty, which Jorginho converted for his second goal of the game.

The victory gives Chelsea their first win in three Premier League matches to leave them third, behind Liverpool on goal difference and six points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Returning Lukaku makes the difference

Chelsea were top of the league after their 2-1 win against Watford on 1 December, before a run of only five points from four games saw them fall behind City in the title race, but this was a hard-earned and much needed victory.

Villa were without manager Steven Gerrard after he tested positive for Covid-19, with assistant Gary McAllister issuing the instructions from the touchline.

Chelsea have also been affected by Covid-19 and boss Thomas Tuchel had unsuccessfully asked to have their goalless draw at Wolves on 19 December postponed.

They were still without Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, although Lukaku was back in the squad with Hudson-Odoi returning to the starting line-up.

Mason Mount nearly gave them a fortunate lead when a mis-hit cross hit the top of the bar, before Villa gained a slice of luck themselves.

James diverted Targett’s cross into his own net, although Blues goalkeeper Mendy should have done better as he got his fingers to it, but could not keep the ball out.

Chelsea were soon level with Jorginho’s first penalty.

Tuchel made a change at half-time with Lukaku coming on for defender Trevoh Chalobah, although the German was then forced into another substitution six minutes later when Thiago Silva went off injured with Andreas Christensen replacing him.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Aston Villa; he has not scored more against any other opponent in the big-five European leagues in his career

After Lukaku’s goal, Mount should have stretched Chelsea’s lead further. He had taken the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and with only defender Tyrone Mings guarding the net, the England midfielder fired wide.

Hudson-Odoi also had a late effort saved by Martinez, but those misses did not prove costly as Chelsea scored their third late on.

It came from a storming run from Lukaku, with the forward brought down by Ezri Konsa and Jorginho kept his cool to score his ninth goal of the season and his sixth in six games.

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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number3Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number8Player nameSanson

  7. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  8. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

  9. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

  10. Squad number20Player nameIngs

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  2. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  3. Squad number33Player nameChukwuemeka


  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number24Player nameJames

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  9. Squad number19Player nameMount

  10. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  11. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  1. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  2. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  3. Squad number9Player nameLukaku


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1MartínezBooked at 33mins
  • 2Cash
  • 4KonsaBooked at 90mins
  • 5MingsBooked at 65mins
  • 3Targett
  • 8SansonSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 76′minutes
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 74′minutes
  • 20IngsSubstituted forTraoréat 73′minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 12Steer
  • 15Traoré
  • 16Tuanzebe
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 30Hause
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 39Davis
  • 47Iroegbunam


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forLukakuat 45′minutes
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forChristensenat 52′minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 24James
  • 7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 63′minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 70mins
  • 19Mount
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 10Pulisic


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Lukaku
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 22Ziyech
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 31Sarr

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