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Sports News of Sunday, 24 September 2023


Chelsea’s misery continues after 1-0 loss to Aston Villa

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Chelsea’s poor start to the Premier League season continued as Ollie Watkins’ strike powered Aston Villa to a 1-0 win against the 10-man Blues.

The loss means Chelsea are now three straight Premier League games without a win or a goal

It is the first time Villa have beaten Chelsea in back-to-back league games in 30 years, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made their worst start to a top-flight season after the opening six games since 1978/79.

The opening minutes of the first-half saw Chelsea with most of the possession.

Moises Caicedo had an early chance from outside of the box after Nicolas Jackson won the ball off Douglas Luiz, but the low shot was an easy save for Emiliano Martinez.

Aston Villa grew into the half, and Lucas Digne’s volley from a corner required a big save from Robert Sanchez to keep it out.

Chelsea thought they had broken the deadlock moments before half-time after a header from Axel Disasi, but the flag immediately went up for offside after Disasi mistimed his run from Raheem Sterling’s cross, a decision which VAR quickly confirmed.

The hosts began the second-half quickly, but their joy in Villa’s half was quickly dampened after Malo Gusto’s studs-up tackle on Digne resulted in a sending-off. Referee Jarred Gillett had initially given him a yellow, but after a VAR check at the monitor, the card was upgraded to a red.

Villa used their numerical advantage to break the deadlock after Watkins surged into the box during a counter-attack. Defender Levi Colwill managed to block his first attempt, but Watkins was able to react quickly to finish his second attempt from a tight angle.

The victory means Villa move up to sixth in the table, while Chelsea drop down to 14th, marking their worst start to a top-flight season after the opening six games.