Chelsea hit eight; Man Utd held

  • Last Updated: December 23 2012, 18:10 GMT

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, with Chelsea winning 8-0 and Manchester United held.

Frank Lampard celebrates a landmark goal
Frank Lampard celebrates a landmark goal

Chelsea will sit third in the Barclays Premier League at Christmas after smashing sorry Aston Villa for eight unanswered goals in a farcically one-sided encounter at Stamford Bridge.

  • Premier League
Team Score Team
Chelsea 8 - 0 A Villa
Swansea 1 - 1 Man Utd

Fernando Torres' power header got the ball rolling for Rafael Benitez's men inside three minutes before a stunning free-kick by David Luiz and a Branislav Ivanovic header had the points in the bag by the break.

Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan did his best to limit the damage with a string of fine saves in the second half, but he could not keep out Frank Lampard's stinging long-range effort and then suffered the ignominy of Ramires slotting a fifth between his legs.

Oscar made it six from the spot in the 79th minute and there was still time for Eden Hazard to become the seventh different goalscorer when he lashed home, while Ramires made it eight at the death as Paul Lambert's men were brought back to earth with a bump following last week's win at Liverpool.

Lampard's goal, meanwhile, took him ahead of Bobby Tambling's record of 129 top-flight goals for Chelsea on his 500th Premier League start.

Manchester United missed the chance to extend their lead in the title race back to six points as Swansea striker Michu came out on top in the battle of the Barclays Premier League's top scorers in a 1-1 draw.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 43
2 Man City 39
3 Chelsea 32
4 Arsenal 30
5 Everton 30
6 Tottenham 30

Patrice Evra had given United the lead at the Liberty Stadium in the 16th minute as he headed home from a Robin van Persie corner.

But Swansea continued their good record against the top-flight big guns as Michu finished from close range to move clear of Van Persie with his 13th league goal of the season.

United hold a four-point lead over Manchester City at Christmas but will be left to rue a series of missed chances during the final half-hour when they piled the pressure on their hosts.

  • No doubt about the result of the day as Chelsea thump Aston Villa
  • In the first game of the day, Patrice Evra heads home for Manchester United at Swansea
  • Evra wheels away to celebrate his goal at the Liberty Stadium
  • ...before being mobbed by delighted team-mates
  • But Michu levels things up from close range
  • Michu celebrates in front of the United fans
  • But Sir Alex Ferguson isn't happy on the touchline
  • And the Scot was further inflamed by a clash between Ashley Williams and Robin van Persie
  • Wayne Rooney's reaction says it all as United are held 1-1
  • Fernando Torres celebrates after giving Chelsea the lead
  • David Luiz drills home Chelsea's second
  • Branislav Ivanovic nets the Blues' third
  • Frank Lampard smacks in the fourth
  • Lampard celebrates his goal
  • Ramires makes a heart sign after netting Chelsea's fifth
  • Oscar gets in on the act, celebrating scoring the sixth from the penalty spot
  • Eden Hazard drills home the seventh - and it's seven different scorers
  • Ramires (right) celebrates wrapping up an incredible 8-0 win for Chelsea
Check out the best pictures from Sunday's two Premier League games in which Chelsea thrashed Aston Villa and Manchester United drew at Swansea.

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