Aston Villas Ezri Konsa fouls Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and concedes a penalty. (Photo: Action Pictures via Reuters / Andrew Boyers)
Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to lead Chelsea to a much-needed 3-1 win at Aston Villa. Midfielder Jorginho scored two penalties in the Premier League on Sunday.
Lukaku has not started a league game since his injury in October and has missed the last two games after testing positive for COVID-19.
But the Belgian transformed his team’s performance after being substituted at half time at Villa Park, created a constant threat, put his team in the lead and then took the late penalty that gave Thomas Tuchel’s team three points.
Der Third-placed Chelsea, who drew in the last two games against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, is now tied with second-placed Liverpool with 41 points – six behind leaders Manchester City.
With a little luck, Villa had the in the 28th minute Took the lead when Matt Targett’s cross hit the head of Chelsea defender Reece James and flew past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Six M A few minutes later, however, the guests equalized when Matty Cash knocked Callum Hudson-Odoi down awkwardly in the penalty area and Jorginho casually converted the penalty a nice header after a cross from Hudson-Odoi and put Chelsea in the lead in the 56th minute.
Mason Mount should have added a third place, but missed after Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez raced out of his area was and couldn’t clear.
Hudson-Odoi should have done better when he was found at the back post in the room, but his shot was comfortably processed by Martinez.
In added time, Lukaku pushed out of his own Half before he was brought down in the penalty area by Villa defender Ezri Konsa. Jorginho made no mistake again and secured three points.
« I needed such an effort, » said Lukaku. « It was difficult to get to the end of the games. I’ve worked hard. I’m happy with my performance and I have to keep going, » he added.
The former Manchester United and Inter Milan striker said Chelsea will stay at the club Race for leaders City.
« We’re the hunters now. The last results weren’t the best and now we have to hunt. We have to treat every game like a final. Today we won and now we have to go on, » said he.
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