Chelsea beat Aston Villa at Villa Park

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea clinched an emphatic 3-1 win against Aston Villa during the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Villa Park.

The scoring was initiated by Conor Gallagher, who expertly placed a shot into the top of the net. Nicolas Jackson then stunned the home crowd by nodding in a cross from Malo Gusto.

Enzo Fernandez enhanced the scoreline with a stunning 25-yard free-kick that flew past his national teammate Emi Martinez, while Moussa Diaby netted a late consolation for Villa.

The triumph eased the tension surrounding a Chelsea team whose traveling supporters initially voiced support for Roman Abramovich but concluded the game in jubilation with the beleaguered players and coach.

Chelsea is set to host Championship side Leeds at Stamford Bridge in the round of 16.