Pato scores in debut as Chelsea thrash Villa

AP , Saturday 2 Apr 2016

Chelsea's Alexandre Pato, left, and Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Saturday, April 2, 2016 (AP)

Alexander Pato scored in his debut as Chelsea defeated 10-man, managerless Aston Villa 4-0 in a dominant display Saturday in the English Premier League.

The on-loan Brazilian struck soon after coming on as a substitute, a fine penalty after he was brought down by Aly Cissokho. Two goals from Pedro and a neat Ruben Loftus-Cheek finish sealed what was an easy victory for Guus Hiddink's side. Alan Hutton was sent off late in the second half for a second yellow card.

The result provisionally moves Chelsea into ninth in the league table with 44 points, 6 points off a European place ahead of the rest of the weekend's games.

Aston Villa remains at the bottom of the table and could be relegated next weekend.

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