But Villans end their agonising goal drought.
Chelsea marched on in their campaign to wrestle the Premier League title from Manchester City’s hands with a hard fought win over struggling Aston Villa.
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The Blues started brightly thanks to some good work from Oscar and Willian to find the onrushing Eden Hazard, who dispatched his strike past a static Brad Guzan.
The Blues piled on the pressure as the first half wore on, and Ramires would have doubled the side’s lead had it not been for the intervention of Villa defender Jores Okore.
But then, the moment Villa fans everywhere had been waiting for: a goal. New signing Carles Gil sent a deep ball into the box to find the head of Okore, who had cleverly evaded his marker to nod home an equaliser.
Villa fought back hard, but the wind was sucked out of their sails midway through the second half as some botched defending saw the ball fall to Branislav Ivanovic, who curled in a magnificent effort from inside the box.