Matchday Musings: Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea
The Pride of London
Aston Villa, currently in 13th place, play host to the London club Chelsea, as they fight to secure their spot in third place on the table. It’s all eyes on the Blues as so much lies on their shoulders to determine if they are not only ready for the Champions League next season, but for their upcoming Europa League final game against Benfica. Just because so much lies on Chelsea’s success today does not mean Villa will play easy. In a tightly knit spread of teams in the middle of the table, a three point win would allow the Villans to jump from 13th to 10th, finishing along side West Ham at 43 points. The Villa Park was filled with supporters of Stan Petrov who is recovering from leukemia His contribution to the team will never be forgotten.
Benteke Steals the Stage
As Benitez’s carefully selected first team squad takes to the field, it is looking a bit dim for the Villans as all of Chelsea’s top players are starting. Christian Benteke was not intimidated at all, in fact he was determined to help Aston Villa steal the win from the Blues. He did just that by scoring the first goal of the match in the 14th minute. His early goal gave his team the confidence to keep playing at full power leaving the game in their favor all the way through the first half. Benteke was however disciplined later in the match being shown a yellow card, and eventually a red in the 58th minute.
Ramires Sent Off
This was no ordinary Premier League game, amassing a total of five cards to both sides and one red card each, the match official was on high alert. Brazilian defensive midfielder Ramires, was the first to see the referees wrath being shown a red card at the end of the half. Benteke and Ramires were both sent off due to high kicks against the opposing team. Ten men aside however did not stop the Blues from pushing through and scoring two crucial goals in the second half.
The Moment London Has Been Waiting For
When it seemed that the Blues were in trouble for next years season, Frank Lampard took the game by the reigns. Not only did his two goals in the 61st and 88th minute give Chelsea the win they needed, Lampard himself made Chelsea history. The brilliant English midfielder who joined the team in 2001 has scored a record 203 goals in his Blues carrer. Breaking Bobby Tambling’s previous record, his contribution to the club will forever be remembered. It has been rumoured that he will be given a one-year contract for the 2013-14 season but has not been confirmed.
Two Blues Injuries
Unfortunately after all of Chelsea’s success today, two players were injured and have been determined not fit to play in the Europa League final on May 15th. John Terry and Eden Hazard were both taken off of the pitch because of leg injuries. Eden Hazard played it safe and asked to be called off feeling a pull in his hamstring. John Terry was not able to take precautions and leave the field early as he was lifted off on a stretcher. His left leg was put in a brace after a challenge with Nathan Baker late in the second half.