(Aston Villa – Chelsea 1-3) Romelu Lukaku (28) did as he “always” does against Aston Villa. He scored and got a penalty when Chelseatok a long-awaited victory at Villa Park.
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Chelsea struggled in the first half against Aston Villa, and it was 1-1 after Jorginho had equalized on a penalty after the own goal of Reece James.
Manager Thomas Tuchel was not particularly impressed with what he had been served by his players The choice was therefore easy as he had Romelu Lukaku back in the squad after testing positive for corona earlier in December.
With Lukaku on the field, it became a completely different battle scene. With the muscle mountain at the top, the Villa defenders got into big trouble. Lukaku is also causing trouble for Aston Villa, and he stands with nine goals in ten games against the club that had to do without a corona-infected manager Steven Gerrard tonight.
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After 56 minutes, Lukaku came free from Tyrone Mings and headed the net.
And in overtime, he rushed through alone and was fielded by Ezri Konsa. It was a penalty kick, a yellow card and Jorginho scored on his second penalty kick of the evening.
Thus, Chelsea took an important victory. After only one win in the last four – two draws and one loss – the distance had begun to become terribly large for league leader Manchester City. There are still six points up after City won 6-3 against Leicester earlier tonight, but Chelsea are now level on points with Liverpool – who have played one game less.