A goal eight minutes from time courtesy of Fabian Delph handed Aston Villa a surprise 1-0 win over Chelsea in an English Premier League match at Villa Park on Saturday night.
To add more misery to Chelsea on the day they finished the match with nine men after both Willian and Ramires were shown red cards.
The loss still sees Chelsea at the top of the league table, but if Manchester City now win all their games in hand they will overtake Jose Mourinho’s side.
Chelsea certainly controlled the flow of the play from the first whistle, but their finishing in front of goal was poor and they only have themselves to blame for the loss.
The Blues created their first chance on goal in the 12th minute when Willian rattled the side netting with a powerful shot from just inside the box.
Four minutes later Oscar curled an attempt from the edge of the box narrowly wide of the target.
Despite Chelsea dictating terms the best chance of the half fell to Villa in the 39th minute when a 16-yard volley from Christian Benteke skimmed the wrong side of the post.
Chelsea did find the back of the net two minutes later when Nemanja Matic bundled a Willian cross home, but the referee adjudged him to have used his hand and disallowed the goal.
The second 45 saw Chelsea continue to dictate terms and only a brilliant save from Brad Guzan denied Oscar in the 61st minute.
Chelsea’s task of winning the match was made even harder eight minutes later when Willian was sent for an early shower after receiving his second yellow card.
The Blue’s problems compounded in the 82nd minute when Delph turned home a Marc Albrighton cross to give Villa a surprise lead, 1-0.
To sum up the disappointment of the game Ramires also saw a red card in the dying seconds of the game after a horrible stamp tackle on El Ahmadi.