Aston Villa leave Chelsea in a world of worry after an incredible 3-3 draw

Chelsea 3 – Aston Villa 3 (Premier League, January 2, 2011) (MOTD highlights.) Chelsea stormed into a 22nd minute against Villa when Frank Lampard smacked home a clinical penalty after Collins had been (harshly) penalised in a collision with Malouda. The penalties levelled out in the 40th minute when clumsy Chelsea defending ended with Essien taking out Reo-Coker in the box and Ashley Young slammed home the spot-kick to equalise. (First half highlights) Chelsea’s crisis came back into full focus 90 seconds into the second half when a Villa free-kick was fizzed to Downing wide right, the winger breezed past Cole and crossed to the back past where Emile Heskey lost Bruma and headed home. As the headline writers were getting ready for another black day for Chelsea, Didier Drogba decided to make his first major contribution to the match scrapping home an equaliser with six minutes remaining. Then came the potentially season-changing moment for the Pensioners as, in the 88th minute, Essien whipped in a brilliant cross that Drogba forced Freidel to save superbly, but the ball fell to Mr Chelsea, John Terry, and the skipper converted to turn the match 3-2. But no sooner had Chelsea hit the heights, Villa burst their bubble in incredible fashion as an Albrighton caught the hosts flat-footed and Ciaran Clark stooped in to level. (Second half highlights)

Post match interviews: Gerard Houllier & Carlo Ancelotti.

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