Video: Boxing day classic: Chelsea vs Aston Villa


Great game. Theatrical and nail biting. Chelsea is down through two early Shaun Maloney goals. Phil Dowd very harshly red cards Zat Knight as Villa are reduced to ten men. Chelsea claw their way back with Sheva’s double and then finally take the lead through Alex’s goal. But Martin Laursen guides a beautifully swinging Ashley Young free kick past Petr Cech and parity is restored. Carvalho is red carded for a two footed lunge on Agbonlahor and both teams are even. Ballack again puts Chelsea up through a cracking free kick. Surely its all over for Martin O’ Neill and his brave men. Not yet. A goal mouth melee ends with Ashley Cole batting the ball away with his hand. Dowd awards a penalty and red cards Cole. Barry steps in and coolly slots the ball past Cech who dives the other way.

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