Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chelsea Win 0-1 vs Aston Villa as Hiddink's Reign Starts

Guus Hiddink's Chelsea reign started with a vital victory at Aston Villa that keeps their flickering Premier League title hopes alive. Nicolas Anelka sealed the points with a clever finish after 19 minutes as he was set up by Frank Lampard. John Terry saw a header saved by Brad Friedel and another cleared off the line by Stiliyan Petrov. Ashley Young hit the bar with a free-kick for Villa in the first half, but Chelsea survived to seal the win. It was a display of contrasts from Hiddink's new charges, with Chelsea outstanding in the first 45 minutes, but showing signs of vulnerability after the break when Martin O'Neill's side pressed. Hiddink, however, will only be interested the three points that take them above Villa into third place in the table.

The video of the goal of the match can be viewed below.


video

0-1 Nicolas Anelka 19"

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