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Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa: Anwar El Ghazi rescues point for visitors

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Anwar El Ghazi
Anwar El Ghazi rescued a point for Aston Villa with a clever side-foot finish at Stamford Bridge

Anwar El Ghazi scored his fifth goal in as many games as Aston Villa came from behind to earn a point against Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

Villa were trailing to an Olivier Giroud header when El Ghazi scored a second-half equaliser to enable Villa to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

The visitors started brightly but found themselves behind when Giroud marked his return to the Chelsea starting line-up with a trademark finish from Ben Chilwell’s cross.

Parity was restored five minutes after the interval, though, when the unmarked El Ghazi converted Matty Cash’s inviting delivery at the back post.

Both sides had chances to steal victory, with Villa coming closest when John McGinn smashed a fierce long-range effort off the crossbar.

The result lifts Villa to fifth in the table, a point outside the top four, while Chelsea move sixth.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number19Player nameMount

  9. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  10. Squad number18Player nameGiroud

  11. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  1. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  2. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number30Player nameHause

  5. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  7. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  8. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  9. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  10. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number39Player nameDavis

  2. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 45mins
  • 4Christensen
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 21Chilwell
  • 7KantéBooked at 74mins
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forHavertzat 72′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 18GiroudBooked at 71minsSubstituted forWernerat 72′minutes
  • 10Pulisic

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 9Abraham
  • 11Werner
  • 14Tomori
  • 17Kovacic
  • 23Gilmour
  • 29Havertz
  • 33Emerson

Aston Villa

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 30Hause
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 7McGinn
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forDavisat 87′minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 21El GhaziBooked at 71minsSubstituted forRamseyat 82′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Hourihane
  • 19Nakamba
  • 22Engels
  • 24Guilbert
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey

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