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Lukaku scores first Stamford Bridge goals as Chelsea beat Villa


Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said scoring at Stamford Bridge is something he has dreamed about since he was a child, after netting twice in Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa.

The Belgian scored his first goals at the stadium, either side of a Mateo Kovacic strike, as Thomas Tuchel’s side kept their unbeaten record intact.

“I’ve wanted to do it since I was 11 years old.” “I’ve worked hard for this moment,” Lukaku explained.

“I was up and down at the beginning [of my career], but I’ve found a certain consistency in the last three years,” he added. I just keep working with my experience and hard work.

“It’s a good start, but we must continue to work.” We know that this year will be extremely competitive. There will be a lot of teams competing for the title.”

Lukaku kissed the club badge in front of Blues fans after beating Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on his 15th appearance at Stamford Bridge overall.

A precise pass from Kovacic inside his own half set up the Belgian’s clinical finish through Steer’s legs.

Lukaku sealed Chelsea’s victory in injury time with a powerful finish from the edge of the box.

Tuchel’s side moves up to second place, level on points and goal difference with leaders Manchester United, and the club reaches a significant milestone, becoming only the second team in Premier League history to reach 600 wins (Man Utd have 690).

Villa made to pay for missed chances

Villa’s preparations for the trip to Stamford Bridge were hampered by the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Emi Martinez and winger Emi Buendia, who were unable to play due to quarantine rules imposed following the international break.

Chelsea forced three corners in the first ten minutes, and they finally scored on the quarter-hour mark, putting stand-in goalkeeper Steer to work.

After a superb pass from Kovacic inside his own half found Lukaku on the edge of the box, the Blues broke down the Villa defence.

The Belgian slid past Axel Tuanzebe of Villa before sweeping past Steer for his second Premier League goal of the season.

Dean Smith’s team created numerous chances after falling behind 1-0 and managed four shots on goal, but they were unable to beat Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

After conceding, Villa had a strong spell and came close to responding when Ollie Watkins’ low drive forced Mendy into an impressive reaction save, diving low to his right to deny the forward on his first start of the season.

In the first half, Mendy was the busier of the two goalkeepers, and he had a let-off when Watkins rounded him, only to take one too many touches and allow Thiago Silva to get back and block his goal-bound effort.

Mendy redeemed himself with two quick saves to deny Villa defenders Mings and Ezri Konsa, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed four minutes after the restart when Kovacic doubled Chelsea’s lead.

They were punished for their missed opportunities when Kovacic doubled Chelsea’s lead early in the second half with a first-time finish into the bottom corner off a poor back pass from Tyrone Mings.

Following his first goal, the Croatia midfielder pounced on a poor Mings pass to put the ball past Steer and into the far corner for his second Premier League goal.

Villa managed to keep Lukaku quiet, as the 28-year-old had only 25 touches of the ball in 93 minutes, the fewest of any player who started the game.

While he was only given two chances, Lukaku converted both of them, firing into the roof of the net from Cesar Azpilicueta’s pass to make it eight goals in his last six Premier League games against Villa.

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