Chelsea controversially denied late winner after spirited comeback at Villa

Axel Disasi’s late winner was controversially disallowed after a pitch-side review as Chelsea came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Aston Villa.

In stark contrast to their capitulation at Arsenal on Tuesday, the Blues produced an impressive fightback at Villa Park, with Noni Madueke’s goal and a brilliant Conor Gallagher strike bringing them level late on.

Chelsea thought they had completed the turnaround in stoppage time when Disasi powered a header past Robin Olsen, only for VAR Chris Kavanagh to advise Craig Pawson to review the goal.

The officials judged the decision not to penalise Benoit Badiashile’s nudge on Diego Carlos to be a clear and obvious error – sparking fury among Chelsea’s players at full-time.

Villa had earlier raced into the lead thanks to Marc Cucurella’s own goal, before Morgan Rogers doubled the advantage shortly before half-time.

However, Unai Emery’s side were subdued throughout and missed the chance to move nine points clear of Tottenham – who host Arsenal on Sunday, live on Sky Sports – in the race for fourth place.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Thursday 2nd May 7:00pm

Kick off 7:30pm

Aston Villa’s next outing is at home to Olympiakos in the first leg of their Conference League semi-final on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.

Villa then travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 2pm.

Chelsea are next in action at home to Tottenham on Thursday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 7.30pm. The Blues then host West Ham on Sunday; kick-off 2pm.

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