Lukaku heads Chelsea to victory and keeps alive gold hopes

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Birmingham. Chelsea picked up a much-needed victory on Sunday in the chase for leading team Manchester City in the Premier League.

After two draws against Everton and Wolverhampton, manager Thomas Tuchel’s team returned to the track with a 3-1 victory over strong Aston Villa.

Romelu Lukaku made a huge difference for Chelsea when he was sent off after the break.

The Belgian scored ten minutes later the decisive goal to make it 2-1, and in overtime Lukaku forced the penalty kick that made Jorginho the double goal scorer – both goals from the penalty spot.

Aston Villa, who were without corona manager Steven Gerrard on the bench, started the match best.

The first half hour featured several direct counter-attacks to Aston Villa, who repeatedly surprised Chelsea, who, however, held out for 28 minutes until the hosts took the lead.

A post was unfortunately cut further with the ice by Chelsea’s Reece James and fell into the Chelsea goal behind goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The 1-0 lead for Aston Villa, however, was equalized shortly after when the home side’s Matty Cash committed an unnecessary penalty kick in a harmless spot close to the back line. From the spot, Jorginho certainly made it 1-1.

Immediately from the start of the second half, Chelsea put striker Romelu Lukaku on the field and it should be of great importance.

The Belgian had started on the bench after he has recently been incompetent due to corona infection.

The visitors besieged the Aston Villa field, and after ten minutes on the pitch, Lukaku had headed Chelsea ahead 2-1. The attacker ran in front of his keeper and directed a post into goal.

At that time, Danish Andreas Christensen had just come on the field for Chelsea instead of Thiago Silva.

The center-back has been reluctant to extend his contract at Chelsea, which has gone beyond playing time. Prior to Sunday’s match, he was also reportedly doubtful due to back pain.

In overtime, Lukaku slipped free in a counter-attack, and was put down in the field so Jorginho on his second penalty kick of the match could cement the victory for Chelsea.

Manchester City tops the Premier League with 47 points with Liverpool and Chelsea just behind them with 41 points each. However, Liverpool have played one game less than the other two top teams.

/ ritzau /

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