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Chelsea's quick fightback boosts top-four hopes

21 Jun 2020
Aston Villa v Chelsea

Goals by Pulisic and Giroud within two minutes of each other earn Blues a comeback 2-1 win against Aston Villa

Chelsea scored twice in as many minutes to come from behind and beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park.

Villa took the lead on 43 minutes against the run of play. Kortney Hause scored from close range, converting a cross by Douglas Luiz at the second attempt.

Chelsea responded after the 55th-minute introduction of Christian Pulisic, as the American swept in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to level on the hour mark.

Less than two minutes later, Azpilicueta provided for Olivier Giroud, whose deflected shot turned the match in the visitors’ favour. It was Giroud’s ninth goal in seven matches against Villa.

Jota flashed a low shot wide late on, but Villa could not force an equaliser.

Chelsea are fourth, now just three points behind third-placed Leicester City, and five clear of Manchester United.

Villa remain 19th on 26 points, one point from safety. 

See: Villa report | Chelsea report

The bottom three

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
18 BOU 38 -25 34
19 WAT 38 -28 34
20 NOR 38 -49 21
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Next fixtures

Aston Villa: 24 Jun v Newcastle (A)
Chelsea: 25 Jun v Man City (H)

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