Premier League - Lampard sets record as Villa suffer heaviest loss

Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 8 (Fernando Torres 3, David Luiz 29, Branislav Ivanovic 34, Frank Lampard 59, Ramires 75, 89, Oscar 79 pen, Eden Hazard 83) Aston Villa 0

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates with Fernando Torres (Reuters)

Frank Lampard became Chelsea's highest goalscorer in England's top division during an astonishing 8-0 rout of a hopeless Aston Villa side at Stamford Bridge.

All sort of records fell on an afternoon that will live long in the memory of Villa's young team, who were subjected to their club's heaviest loss in all their years of playing among England's elite. A 7-1 drubbing at Chelsea in March 2010 was among their previous worst.

Lampard becomes Chelsea’s record top-flight league scorer with 130 goals for the club, overtaking Bobby Tambling (129).

Lampard scored on his 500th Premier League start, and scores his 100th Premier League goal in London. Only Thierry Henry (133) has scored more in the capital.

Six other players got in on the act, which is another new record for the Premier League.

Fernando Torres (3), David Luiz (29), Branislav Ivanovic (34), Lampard (59), Ramires (75, 89), Oscar (79, pen) and Hazard (83) helped themselves to goals as Paul Lambert's young side collapsed only a week after they completed a 3-1 win at Liverpool.

Chelsea substitute Lucas Piazon replaced Juan Mata on 74 minutes and saw Brad Guzan save a penalty seconds before Ramires added the eighth goal.

Guzan was probably at fault for the Ramires goal, but the goalkeeper should be content at preventing Rafael Benitez's side from reaching double figures with the home side camping out in the Villa half.

Strangely enough, there was not one booking in the match. Apart from Guzan's performance, Villa have few positives to take from such a going over with Christian Benteke spending most of the day offside.

Andreas Weimann saw Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech deflect a shot onto his bar and over, but that was about it from them.

Their five-match unbeaten run before this contest was under threat in only three minutes when Torres rose to power César Azpilicueta's cross into the net for his seventh goal in six games.

Luiz sent a free-kick over the wall and into the net from 25 yards out for a superb second before Ivanovic headed the third after Guzan had clawed out a Gary Cahill shot.

Lampard drove a majestic fourth into the corner of the net from outside of the box seconds after Guzan had prevented Victor Moses from scoring with Villa cut wide open.

Ramires accepted a pass from Lucas Piazon to thump a shot through the legs of Guzan for the fifth with Hazard playing a one-two with Oscar before winning enough space to send a sixth goal crashing into the net.

With referee Phil Dowd obviously in no mood to allow any softish challenge to go unpunished, Oscar picked himself up the ground to convert a penalty for the seventh after he was felled by Chris Herd.

Lucas Piazon was fouled by Ciaran Clark only for Guzan to dive to his left to make a fine stop to deny the Brazilian player his first goal on his Premier League debut.

Ramires added the eighth when he thrashed the ball into the net with Villa left in tatters. Chelsea are third in the table two points above Arsenal while Villa must recover from this mauling. They are 16th in the standings only three points ahead of 17th-placed Southampton.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) - Could have given it to several players in a blue shirt, but we will go for Lampard due to his distribution and goal from the midfield area. Showed he is worth a new deal before being replaced by Ramires on 61 minutes.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Cech 6, Azpilicueta 7, Ivanovic 7, Cahill 7, Cole 7, David Luiz 8, Lampard 8, Moses 8, Mata 8, Hazard 8, Torres 8..subs: Ramires 8, Oscar 7, Piazon 7

Aston Villa: Guzan 8, Lowton 3, Baker 3, Clark 3, Lichaj 3, Holman 3, Westwood 3, Bannan 3, Herd 3, Weimann 4, Benteke 3..subs: Bowery 4, Ireland 5, Bennett 6

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