Why Axel Disasi's Chelsea goal vs Aston Villa was disallowed after controversial VAR decision

Chelsea players celebrate with Axel Disasi against Aston Villa
Axel Disasi's late Chelsea winner was disallowed against Aston Villa -Credit:Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea were denied a late winner against Aston Villa as Axel Disasi's stoppage-time header was ruled out by VAR. The Frenchman looked to have completed a stunning second-half comeback from his side having gone into the break 2-0 down.

Disasi nodded in Benoit Badiashile's hooked cross before seeing his effort go in via Robin Olsen. After an on-field review from Craig Pawson, it was deemed that Badiashile had impeded Diego Carlos.

The 22-year-old nudged his opponent whilst waiting for a bouncing ball to drop. He went on to make use of the space created by the contact, kicking the ball over his head and towards the onrushing Disasi.

Chelsea players had already completed their wild celebrations for what looked to have been a remarkable turnaround at Villa Park. The eventual decision to disallow the goal was greeted by huge protests from the Chelsea players at full-time.

Disasi had to be separated from confronting Pawson by Chelsea assistant manager Jesus Perez whilst Conor Gallagher and Mauricio Pochettino both vented their frustration at the call too. The result leaves Chelsea in ninth, one point behind West Ham.

It could have been much worse for Pochettino on the night though, even with two games in hand over David Moyes' side. A Marc Cucurella own goal and Morgan Rogers firing in had left a mountain to climb.

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Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher hit back in the second half though with two wonderfully taken goals to level an enthralling match. Chelsea continued to push for a winner and might have had it before Disasi's controversial incident.

Cole Palmer was denied one-on-one with Olsen having taken advantage of a defensive lapse from Villa. That looked like it would end up being forgotten though after Disasi powered in to seemingly win the game.