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Despite scoring their first goal in 8 matches Villa lost out to Chelsea at Villa Park

It was Villa’s first goal in 660 minutes of Premier League football but the joy didn’t last long.

CHELSEA EXTENDED THEIR lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points thanks to a 2-1 victory at beleaguered Aston Villa on Saturday.

The visitors made an assured start and were ahead inside eight minutes when Oscar fed Willian, whose pass was swept home first time by Hazard from 10 yards.

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Villa responded well to going behind and Gabriel Agbonlahor – recalled for Christian Benteke as one of three changes – headed Fabian Delph’s cross over in the 19th minute.

Villa began the second half brightly and were level within three minutes of the restart. Chelsea failed to sufficiently clear Carles Gil’s corner and as the ball came back to the Spaniard, his cross was headed home at the far post by Okore.

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Willian twice fired narrowly wide as Chelsea attempted to retake the lead, and they did not have to wait too long as Ivanovic produced a superb strike. Cesar Azpilicueta’s initial cross was blocked by Okore, before the Chelsea man dug out a bouncing ball towards Ivanovic, who sent an excellent left-footed volley into the top left-hand corner from 16 yards.

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With their lead re-established, Chelsea were content to cruise for the remainder of the match, and Mourinho was able to give a debut to Juan Cuadrado, who replaced Willian with 10 minutes remaining.

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