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  • May 29, 2018 1:49 AM EDT

    LONDON -- Branislav Ivanovics second-half header gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa moments after he avoided a red card in a fiery second match of the Premier League season on Wednesday. Cameron Sutton Jersey . The right back was only booked for elbowing Christian Benteke in the head, and then sent Frank Lampards free kick into the net in the 73rd minute. "This is English football, for some reason the world loves it more than any other league -- one thing is (because of) a real aggression I would call it," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "Another thing is duels that are handled in a certain way and I think the referee did very well. "From minute 1 to minute 95 there was a real fight -- a football fight between Benteke and Ivanovic." Chelsea fortuitously went in front after seven minutes when the ball inadvertently bounced off Antonio Luna into his own net. Although Chelsea faded, allowing Benteke to level in first-half stoppage time, Villa couldnt find the net again and replicate its surprise victory at Arsenal on Saturday. Instead, Ivanovic ensured Mourinhos second spell at Stamford Bridge has started with back-to-back league wins. "A draw wouldnt have been an unfair result -- they fought a lot," Mourinho said. "They created great difficulties." The victory gives Chelsea an early edge over its title rivals, with this game moved forward by almost two weeks due to the Europa League winners Supercup match against Champions League winner Bayern Munich. After scoring eight past Villa in this fixture last season, Chelsea did not find it as easy going this season -- even after going in front so early. A fine pass from Oscar set up Eden Hazard on the left of the penalty area and the Belgium midfielders resulting shot was pushed by goalkeeper Brad Guzan onto Luna and the ball bounced off him into his net. Just like in Sundays 2-0 victory over Hull, Chelsea was overwhelming the opposition, with its incisive and superior football -- initially at least. But after failing to extend its lead -- Oscar struck wide and Demba Ba forced Guzan into a low save -- Chelsea conceded for the first time this season. In the third minute of stoppage time, Gabriel Agbonlahor cut down the left and crossed low to Benteke, who controlled the ball with his first touch and then curled the shot around Petr Cechs near post. Villa came close to taking the lead in the second half, with Agbonlahor curling over and Andreas Weimann only denied at close range by Cech. As Villa came close to bursting Mourinhos early-season joy, the newly self-styled "Happy One" looked more like the combative manager of the 2004-07 spell at Chelsea as he raged at the referee. But Kevin Friend then delighted Mourinho by only booking Ivanovic for his foul on Benteke, ensuring he was still on the pitch to meet Lampards free kick with a free header. "He clearly elbowed Christian Benteke, it was a sending off," Villa manager Paul Lambert said. Cechs reflexes were required to deny Weimann again in the 86th, using his legs to block the shot. And Lamberts fury boiled over in stoppage time when his side was denied a penalty after Chelsea captain John Terrys raised arm blocked Bentekes header. "The penalty was a penalty, everybody saw that," Lambert said. "He missed two huge moments. How can you miss that magnitude of a decision? It is beyond me." Mourinho dismissed Lamberts protests. "(Lambert) reminds myself of 10 years ago when I was complaining of every decision ... he complains about every decision," Mourinho said. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys . -- Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Bruins. Joe Gilliam Jersey .  He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5th. The 34-year-old Laval, Que. native has played six seasons with the Penguins.BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado stated his case Wednesday for the reduction of a five-game suspension he received for intentionally throwing his bat on the field against Oakland on June 8. Now hes got to wait for the verdict, which will probably be rendered before the end of the week. "Were hoping we made a good case and we got it down," Machado said. Machado tossed his bat in the direction of third base during a plate appearance in which Oakland reliever Fernando Abad threw successive high-and-tight pitches. After the bat went soaring, both benches emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Abad was subsequently fined but not suspended. The bat throwing was an extension of a feud that began in the series opener two days earlier. Machado yelled in the face of Oaklands Josh Donaldson after the third baseman tagged him on the chest, knocking Machado off his feet. The dugouts also emptied after that confrontation, but no one was ejected. Machado was subsequently suspended and fined an undisclosed amount. He immediately appealed the punishment and has been playing for Baltimore since that time. Machado, his agent and Orioles executive vice-ppresident Dan Duquette spoke for about an hour Wednesday with Joe Garagiola Jr. Jordan Berry Jersey. , senior vice-president of standards and on-field operations at Major League Baseball. The meeting took place at the warehouse behind Camden Yards. "We got it done," Machado said. "Now its just sit back and wait and see what is going to happen." He hoped to get a reduction of the suspension, and if possible, have it wiped out entirely. "At this point, theres nothing to talk about," Machado said. "Just wait and see how many games Im going to get suspended, hopefully I dont and just get fined." Asked why he was optimistic, Machado replied, "I didnt throw the bat at anybody. And thats it. All the other cases that have gotten suspended have been when they go ahead and intentionally throw the bat at the person. I dont want to jinx anything. I just want to try and get as least games as possible." If a suspension does occur, Machado and the Orioles hoped the decision would be rendered after Fridays split doubleheader against Tampa Bay. "Hopefully, it doesnt hurt the team that Im down with those two games," Machado said. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL T-shirts From China Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '