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Vibrant Villa put Sunderland to the sword

Published: Monday 29 April 2013, 22.52CET
Christian Benteke hit a hat-trick as Aston Villa FC boosted survival hopes with a 6-1 rout of Sunderland AFC that lifted them alongside the Black Cats, five points clear of relegation.
Vibrant Villa put Sunderland to the sword
Christian Benteke receives the adulation of the Villa Park crowd ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 29 April 2013, 22.52CET

Vibrant Villa put Sunderland to the sword

Christian Benteke hit a hat-trick as Aston Villa FC boosted survival hopes with a 6-1 rout of Sunderland AFC that lifted them alongside the Black Cats, five points clear of relegation.

Christian Benteke hit a hat-trick as Aston Villa FC strode five points clear of the relegation noose with an eye-catching 6-1 triumph against Sunderland AFC, who finished with ten men at Villa Park.

In a contest that was slow to catch fire, defender Ron Vlaar lit the fuse with a thumping 25-metre drive that swept under visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as left-back Danny Rose combined intuitively with Danny Graham before arrowing the ball left-footed beyond Brad Guzan.

Villa's response was similarly sharp. Effervescent forward Andreas Weimann took receipt of Matthew Lowton's defence-splitting pass on the break and made no mistake with an unerring finish. Sunderland, unbeaten in Paolo Di Canio's first two matches in charge, were helpless to stem the flow after the interval.

Benteke made it three by following up Gabriel Agbonlahor's parried effort and powered in an unstoppable header four minutes later. The insatiable striker then completed his hat-trick – after Stéphane Sessegnon had been sent off – steering in at the back post for his 18th Premier League goal this term. Fellow attacker Agbonlahor completed the formalities, capitalising on David Vaughan's misplaced pass and slotting beyond Mignolet.

Victory for Paul Lambert's team lifted the Birmingham-based club five points clear of the drop zone and third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic FC. Villa joined both Sunderland and Newcastle United FC on 37 points, although Wigan have a game in hand on all three sides. Queens Park Rangers FC and Reading FC have already been relegated.

Last updated: 30/04/13 20.07CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/05/2013 16:04 CET

29/04/2013

Aston VillaAston Villa6-1SunderlandSunderland

Vlaar 31, Weimann 38, Benteke 55, 59, 72, Agbonlahor 88

Rose 32

Venue: Birmingham

28/04/2013

ArsenalArsenal1-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Walcott 2

Van Persie 44 (P)

Venue: London

28/04/2013

ChelseaChelsea2-0SwanseaSwansea

Oscar 43, Lampard 45+2 (P)

Venue: London

28/04/2013

ReadingReading0-0QPRQPR

Venue: Reading

27/04/2013

NewcastleNewcastle0-6LiverpoolLiverpool

Agger 3, Henderson 17, 76, Sturridge 54, 60, Borini 74

Venue: Newcastle

27/04/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton0-3West BromWest Brom

Fortuné 6, Lukaku 67, Long 77

Venue: Southampton

27/04/2013

WiganWigan2-2TottenhamTottenham

Boyce 11, 89 (o.g.), McManaman 49

Bale 9

Venue: Wigan

27/04/2013

EvertonEverton1-0FulhamFulham

Pienaar 16

Venue: Liverpool

27/04/2013

StokeStoke1-0NorwichNorwich

Adam 46

Venue: Stoke

27/04/2013

Man. CityMan. City2-1West HamWest Ham

Agüero 28, Y. Touré 83

Carroll 90+4

Venue: Manchester

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