Chelsea's title bid suffered a major blow with a defeat by Aston Villa in which two Blues players and manager Jose Mourinho were sent off.

The league leaders, who had a first-half goal ruled out for handball, were reduced to 10 men when Willian was shown a second yellow card.

And Villa made the extra man count as Fabian Delph finished Marc Albrighton's low cross with a superb back-heel.

Ramires and Mourinho were then both ordered off in a bad-tempered finale.

Mourinho tight-lipped on referee Foy

The Blues' boss was sent to the stands for protesting during the melee that followed a two-footed lunge by Ramires on Karim El Ahmadi.

The defeat means Chelsea's Premier League lead over Manchester City is now six points. City, who had beaten Hull 2-0 earlier in the day despite captain Vincent Kompany's early red card, have three games in hand.

Mourinho has repeatedly played down his team's title chances and, on this evidence, he may be justified after a lacklustre performance that raised serious questions about their ability to stay on top of the pile.

The Blues created few chances in either half, with striker Fernando Torres anonymous up front and Brazilians Oscar and Willian lacking spark.

Villa, meanwhile, were good value for a victory which moved them up to 10th in the table, and could have won by a greater margin had Delph's late effort not deflected off Gary Cahill and onto the crossbar.

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  • Aston Villa have won successive home games in the Premier League for the first time since August 2010
  • Mourinho is without a win at Villa Park in five attempts

Chelsea reprised their habit of starting slowly, failing to score in the first half for their fourth successive Premier League game.

A soporific opening period only came alive in the closing stages when Villa striker Christian Benteke flashed a low volley from outside the box narrowly past a post, before Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was denied what would have been his first goal for the Blues.

The Serbian was unmarked at the far post as John Terry flicked on Willian's corner, but the ball bobbled off his thigh and onto his arm before he bundled it past Brad Guzan.

Chelsea began the second period on the offensive and were almost rewarded when Eden Hazard's cut-back deflected towards goal off El Ahmadi, requiring Guzan to claw clear.

With chances few and far between, Chelsea were looking to their more creative players to unlock the door but, when Oscar found space in the area, he could only side-foot tamely at Guzan.

Mammoth performance delights Lambert

Villa remained a threat on the break and almost took the lead through Benteke. After exchanging passes with Andreas Weimann, however, the Belgium international stroked his effort inches wide.

Midway through the half, Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Willian - who had earlier been booked for upending El Ahmadi - was shown a second yellow card for tripping Delph as he scampered towards goal.

Then, with eight minutes remaining, Villa made their numerical advantage tell as the ball was swept across the pitch to substitute Albrighton, whose low cut-back was back-heeled outrageously into the far corner by Delph.

Deep into stoppage-time, Chelsea's frustrations boiled over as Ramires jumped into an ugly challenge with El Ahmadi and was immediately shown a red card by Chris Foy.

Mourinho was then sent to the stands as he tried to enter the field to talk to Foy, compounding a miserable evening for the Blues.

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Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (4)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 03 Bennett Booked (Clark - 78' )
  • 15 Westwood
  • 04 Vlaar Booked
  • 02 Baker Booked
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 16 Delph
  • 20 Benteke Booked
  • 10 Weimann
  • 11 Agbonlahor (Albrighton - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Clark
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 29 Holt
  • 34 Lowton
  • 37 Robinson

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 21 Matic
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 22 Willian Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Ramires Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Torres (Ba - 67' )
  • 11 Oscar (Schürrle - 67' )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 08 Lampard
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 Salah
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 33 Kalas
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 40,084

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

4 2

Corners

4 5

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0.

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0.

90:00 +3:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:48

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

90:00 +2:48

Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:14

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

90:00 +2:11

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

90:00 +0:39

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:39

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:50 Booking

Booking Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

89:12

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

81:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

80:38

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.

80:12

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

79:41

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

79:41

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:09

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark replaces Joe Bennett.

76:35 Booking

Booking Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:27

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:27

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

75:42

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

74:36

Offside, Chelsea. Ramires tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Marc Albrighton replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

73:24

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

73:23

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

69:21

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

68:56

Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Nathan Baker is caught offside.

67:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Willian (Chelsea) for a bad foul.

67:43

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

67:43

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:45 Booking

Booking Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:42

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:42

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

66:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Fernando Torres.

66:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces Oscar.

65:15

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

64:57

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

64:40

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:40

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

60:55

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

60:37

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

59:48

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

58:40

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:40

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

56:44

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

56:15

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:15

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

54:47

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

53:34

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

52:27

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Ramires is caught offside.

51:13

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Terry with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

50:36

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:36

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

49:44

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

47:33

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

47:33

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:04

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 +2:04

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

44:35 Booking

Booking Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:31

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:31

Foul by Joe Bennett (Aston Villa).

43:41

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic with a through ball.

42:27

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.

40:35

Hand ball by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

40:33

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

40:10

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

39:17

Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

38:29

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor with a headed pass.

37:33

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

35:34

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:34

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

35:00

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

33:58

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

32:07

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

31:14

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:14

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

29:01

Hand ball by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

27:50

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.

26:28

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:28

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

25:37

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

24:09 Booking

Booking Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:58

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

23:58

Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:40

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:40

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

18:27

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.

17:27

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:27

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

15:40

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian.

14:50

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:50

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

13:28

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

12:57

Attempt missed. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

11:53

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

10:49

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

9:38

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.

9:10

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

4:35 Booking

Booking Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

4:31

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:31

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

2:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:00

Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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