Chelsea F.C. edge dogged Aston Villa 2-1 to earn second win in EPL season

Victory in an occasionally ill-tempered game will give Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho enhanced belief that his side are ready for the battle sure to await them at Manchester United on Monday.

updated: August 22, 2013 09:50 IST
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London: Chelsea overcame obdurate opposition from Aston Villa to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that maintained their early momentum in the fledgling Premier League season.

Breezy 2-0 victors over Hull City in their opening game on Sunday, Chelsea had to dig much deeper against Paul Lambert's side but eventually prevailed through a header from Branislav Ivanovic with 17 minutes to play.

As against Hull, Chelsea had taken an early lead, this time through an own goal from Antonio Luna, but Villa refused to roll over and claimed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when Christian Benteke lashed home.

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