Game #5235

Season | 2012-13​ |

Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #18 |
Premier League Match-week | #18 |  
Manager Game | #22 |
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Premier League | Away | Chelsea | Stamford Bridge | 41,363 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 16.00 |
Referee | Phil Dowd | 

HT Score | 0-3 |
FT Score | 0-8 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDWWL | 

League Position | 16th | -2 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan | 
RB Matt Lowton |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB Ciaran Clark |
D Eric Lichaj |
SUB OFF | 56' |
M Ashley Westwood | SUB OFF | 56' |
M Barry Bannan |
M Chris Herd |
W Brett Holman |
SUB OFF | 79' |
CF Christian Benteke |
F Andreas Weimann |

Substitutes |

M Stephen Ireland for M Ashley Westwood | 56’ | 
LB Joe Bennett for D Eric Lichaj | 56’ | 
F Jordan Bowery for W Brett Holman | 79’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Shay Given
M Karim El Ahmadi
W Marc Albrighton
M Fabian Delph

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 23.89 | 

Oldest Player | W Brett Holman | 28.76 |

Youngest Player | F Andreas Weimann | 21.40 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CB Richard Dunne |

M Gary Gardner |

D Eric Lichaj |

CB Ron Vlaar |

F Darren Bent |

F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

W Charles N’Zogbia | 

Illness | 

M Stiliyan Petrov |

Loaned Out |

M Jean Makoun | Stade Rennais FC | 24 August 2012 to 30 June 2013 |

F Nathan Delfouneso | Blackpool | 31 August 2012 to 31 May 2013 |

LB Stephen Warnock | Bolton Wanderers | 21 September 2012 to 31 December 2012 |

RB Alan Hutton | Nottingham Forest | 22 November 2012 to 2 January 2013 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 40
Possession A | 60
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 26
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 20
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 6

 On this day 23 December 2012 

This became Aston Villa’s heaviest-ever defeat. They had suffered 0-7 league losses on five previous occasions: v Blackburn Rovers (19 October 1899) v Everton (4 January 1890) v West Bromwich Albion (19 October 1935) v Manchester United (8 March 1950 v Manchester United (24 October 1964). Their previous heaviest defeat in the Premier League was the 1-7 drubbing at Chelsea on 27 March 2010. Villa had conceded eight goals in a senior game only once before. They were beaten 1-8 by Blackburn Rovers in a FA Cup tie on 16 February 1889.

Match Report


Sky Sports

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Classy Chelsea thrash Aston Villa to win 8-0 at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea moved back to third in the Premier League after comprehensively outplaying Aston Villa to win 8-0 on Sunday.

Fernando Torres headed the home side in front in the third minute and goals from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic effectively decided the contest before the break.

Frank Lampard then marked his 500th Premier League start with a trademark long-range effort that took him ahead of Bobby

Tambling’s record of 129 top-flight goals for Chelsea, before Oscar, Eden Hazard and a Ramires double completed the rout.


Although this was the ninth game of Rafael Benitez’s Chelsea reign, these were the first Premier League goals scored under him at Stamford Bridge and this performance will surely encourage fans that his teams can entertain.

Benitez certainly seems to bring the best out of Torres. The Spanish forward was quick off the mark to steal a yard on Ciaran Clark and connected beautifully with Cesar Azpilicueta’s right-wing cross to beat Brad Guzan and score his seventh goal in six games.

Luiz, playing in midfield, then doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark with a fizzing free-kick that beat the wall and was far too fast for Guzan.

Villa’s young side were struggling to deal with the movement and flair of Chelsea’s forwards and the goalkeeper was left exposed again five minutes later.

Guzan saved well from Gary Cahill initially but Ivanovic was there to head in the rebound with the visitors’ defence flatfooted.

The American goalkeeper had a busy afternoon and made a series of fine saves, denying Juan Mata and Victor Moses early in the second half.

But there was nothing he could do to stop Lampard’s superb strike from distance that capped a landmark game for the 34-year-old who later departed to a standing ovation.

The three Chelsea substitutes then took over. Premier League debutant Lucas Piazon found Ramires to blast in the fifth before Oscar scored from the spot after being pulled down by Chris Herd.

Hazard then scored a brilliant solo effort cutting in from the left channel and Chelsea had the chance to make it eight when referee Phil Dowd awarded a second penalty but Piazon saw his shot saved.

But the Blues were not to be denied and Ramires sidefooted home just before the end to complete Villa’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat and crown a memorable day for Chelsea, Benitez and their talismanic midfielder Lampard.