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Chelsea   3 - 3   Aston Villa

Villa celebrate Ciaran Clark's dramatic leveller
Clark's last-gasp leveller for Aston Villa stunned Stamford Bridge

By Jonathan Stevenson

Ciaran Clark's injury-time goal earned Aston Villa a point after a pulsating finish to their game against Chelsea.

Chelsea went ahead when Florent Malouda was fouled and Frank Lampard struck from the spot, before Ashley Young's penalty got Villa back on level terms.

Emile Heskey headed in to make it 2-1 to Villa before Didier Drogba slammed in from an angle and then John Terry slotted in late on to make it 3-2.

But there was still time for Clark to head in Marc Albrighton's cross.

It was a quite extraordinary conclusion to the game, reminiscent of the 4-4 draw these two teams played out in the same fixture on Boxing Day in 2007.

Ancelotti disappointed after draw

Villa were on course for a famous victory but they were foiled by Drogba six minutes from time and the roof nearly came off Stamford Bridge when Terry side-footed home soon after.

However, Clark's goal 55 seconds into stoppage time - which owed much to some schoolboy defending from the hosts - may have irreparably damaged Chelsea's title hopes, leaving the Blues six points behind leaders Manchester United having played a game more.

The thrilling conclusion leaves the Blues with only one win in their last eight league games and languishing in fifth, but Villa will also wonder how they did not emerge victorious from a contest which enthralled throughout.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier has faced calls from some fans to quit after a woeful run that has seen them become embroiled in a relegation battle, but in naming an experienced side to try and lift the gloom that has descended on the Midlands side in recent weeks he got his team selection spot on.

606: DEBATE
Heskeys Noggin

Showing an industry and desire that was badly lacking in the 4-0 capitulation at Manchester City, Villa were the better side for long periods, and recalled striker Heskey was at his belligerent best as he bullied Chelsea's 19-year-old defender Jeffrey Bruma - making his first Premier League start - for much of the afternoon.

Villa continually found gaps between Chelsea's defence and midfield and Young and Downing both forced saves from Petr Cech before the hosts took a controversial lead, Lampard scoring from the spot after Malouda went down under James Collins's tackle, even though the Frenchman appeared to commit the first foul.

Villa were livid and a flurry of bookings ensued as they took umbrage at the decision, but it did not take them long to reassert their authority and twice they wasted golden chances to level as Clark nodded over unmarked from eight yards and then Dunne somehow sliced over from even closer in.

But Villa did get the break their effort deserved as Mason pointed to the spot for the second time after a clumsy Michael Essien challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker, with Young stepping up and lashing the penalty high into the net.

Houllier pleased to see Villa 'stop the rot'

It was a familiar story after the break and Chelsea soon found themselves behind when Young found Downing down the right, he created a yard of space against Ashley Cole to cross and at the far post Heskey outmuscled Bruma to nod in.

As the shock at trailing wore off Chelsea improved, but they found Brad Friedel in inspired form as he reacted superbly to tip over Lampard's volley and then saved well from Malouda with his legs.

Just when it seemed like Villa would hold on and claim a famous victory, an already fine game produced an explosive ending and Drogba started the carnage with a shot through a pile of bodies at the near post after Friedel had magnificently denied Salomon Kalou.

Chelsea piled forward looking for a winner and they must have thought they had found it when Friedel once more pulled off a stunning save from Drogba's header only to see Terry gleefully slot in from the rebound.

But Villa were not finished either and they grabbed the point their wholehearted display deserved when Chelsea got their offside trap all wrong and Albrighton's cross was headed in by Clark.

There was still time for Drogba to poke a Jose Bosingwa cross wide, but in the end these relentless sides both had to settle for a point.

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Sunday, 2 January 2011

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 3-3 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Lampard (pen) 23
  • Drogba 84
  • Terry 89
  • Young (pen) 41
  • Heskey 47
  • Clark 90+1

Chelsea

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 41,222
CHELSEA
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Chelsea 53%
  • Aston Villa 47%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 10
  • Aston Villa 10

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 5
  • Aston Villa 6

Corners

  • Chelsea 9
  • Aston Villa 6

Fouls

  • Chelsea 17
  • Aston Villa 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:11 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 90:00+4:19 Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
  • 90:00+4:09 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.
  • 90:00+3:46 Jeffrey Bruma challenges Emile Heskey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 90:00+3:10 Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 90:00+2:21 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda. Corner taken right-footed by Florent Malouda, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:55 Assist on the goal came from Marc Albrighton.
  • 90:00+0:55 GOAL - Ciaran ClarkChelsea 3 - 3 Aston Villa Ciaran Clark finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Chelsea 3-3 Aston Villa.
  • 88:45 Michael Essien crosses the ball, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
  • 88:45 GOAL - John TerryChelsea 3 - 2 Aston Villa Goal scored by John Terry from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-2 Aston Villa.
  • 88:20 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, clearance by James Collins.
  • 87:30 Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
  • 85:28 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Didier Drogba goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 84:01 Substitution Marc Albrighton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 83:27 The assist for the goal came from Salomon Kalou.
  • 83:27 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 2 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Didier Drogba from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-2 Aston Villa.
  • 83:17 The ball is delivered by John Terry, Shot by Salomon Kalou. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 79:51 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 79:35 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda.
  • 79:06 Effort from the edge of the box by Stewart Downing goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 78:48 Ashley Young has a drilled shot. Blocked by John Terry.
  • 77:32 Substitution Nicolas Anelka goes off and Daniel Sturridge comes on.
  • 76:49 The referee penalises Gabriel Agbonlahor for handball. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:56 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
  • 75:01 John Terry challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 75:01 Booking John Terry goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:21 Stewart Downing has an effort at goal. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
  • 73:11 The offside flag is raised against Salomon Kalou. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:59 Substitution Ramires leaves the field to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.
  • 70:41 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Ramires, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 69:28 Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:21 Ciaran Clark sends in a cross.
  • 68:47 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:57 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 64:55 Frank Lampard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 64:40 Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball.
  • 64:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by Florent Malouda, clearance made by James Collins.
  • 63:14 Florent Malouda crosses the ball.
  • 62:42 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
  • 62:32 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 61:40 Nicolas Anelka is penalised for a handball. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:24 The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa.
  • 58:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 57:12 The referee blows for offside against Emile Heskey. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:04 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Jose Bosingwa coming on for Paulo Ferreira.
  • 54:57 Effort from inside the area by Ramires misses to the left of the target.
  • 54:20 Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:13 Shot by Ramires. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 50:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 49:32 Ciaran Clark sends in a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:26 Ciaran Clark delivers the ball, clearance by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 48:24 Emile Heskey challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
  • 48:24 Booking Emile Heskey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 47:40 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross.
  • 46:26 Stewart Downing provided the assist for the goal.
  • 46:26 GOAL - Emile HeskeyChelsea 1 - 2 Aston Villa Emile Heskey grabs a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 1-2 Aston Villa.
  • 45:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:40 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+3:22 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, James Collins takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 45:00+2:29 Michael Essien challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:58 Centre by Ashley Young.
  • 45:00+0:18 Ashley Young delivers the ball.
  • 44:08 Ciaran Clark challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
  • 44:08 Booking Ciaran Clark is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 41:54 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Ramires, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
  • 41:54 Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor shown a yellow card.
  • 41:25 Assist by Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 40:23 GOAL - Ashley YoungChelsea 1 - 1 Aston Villa Penalty taken right-footed by Ashley Young and scored. Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 39:52 Michael Essien challenges Nigel Reo-Coker unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 38:48 Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:48 Booking Ramires booked.
  • 37:27 Richard Dunne produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
  • 36:47 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young.
  • 35:06 Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 34:07 Shot from outside the area by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.
  • 33:51 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:16 Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
  • 32:44 Didier Drogba challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:01 Ciaran Clark fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:53 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Ciaran Clark produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 29:39 Shot by Stiliyan Petrov from 20 yards. Blocked by Frank Lampard.
  • 28:51 Ashley Young fouled by Paulo Ferreira, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
  • 27:58 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 27:58 Booking Nigel Reo-Coker is cautioned.
  • 26:40 Shot by Stewart Downing from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 26:14 Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
  • 24:11 Emile Heskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 22:19 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 1 - 0 Aston Villa Penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.
  • 21:28 Assist on the goal came from Florent Malouda.
  • 21:12 Booking Brad Friedel is given a yellow card.
  • 21:07 Florent Malouda fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 21:07 Booking James Collins is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
  • 19:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Florent Malouda. Jeffrey Bruma takes the free kick.
  • 19:28 Booking Stiliyan Petrov receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 19:06 Shot by Stiliyan Petrov. Blocked by Ramires.
  • 17:44 Nicolas Anelka delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the target.
  • 16:33 Shot from 20 yards by Stewart Downing. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 14:17 Effort on goal by Stiliyan Petrov from 20 yards. Florent Malouda gets a block in.
  • 14:00 Short corner taken by Ashley Young.
  • 13:45 Ashley Young produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.
  • 11:16 Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:21 Ciaran Clark produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.
  • 9:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Paulo Ferreira. Stiliyan Petrov takes the free kick.
  • 8:08 Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
  • 6:17 Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 4:39 Corner from the left by-line taken by Florent Malouda, Jeffrey Bruma takes a shot. Clearance made by James Collins.
  • 4:30 Florent Malouda has a volleyed shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 3:27 Effort from the edge of the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 2:52 Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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As it stood on 2 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 19 23 41
2 Man City 21 17 41
3 Arsenal 20 20 39
4 Tottenham 20 7 36
5 Chelsea 20 18 35
6 Sunderland 21 2 30
7 Bolton 21 5 29
8 Stoke 20 1 27
9 Liverpool 19 -1 25
10 Newcastle 20 -2 25
11 Blackpool 18 -4 25
12 Blackburn 21 -8 25
13 Everton 20 -3 22
14 West Brom 20 -10 22
15 Aston Villa 20 -14 21
16 West Ham 21 -11 20
17 Wigan 20 -15 20
18 Fulham 20 -5 19
19 Birmingham 19 -6 19
20 Wolves 20 -14 18

see also
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02 Jan 11 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
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