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Benteke rampant as Aston Villa beat Liverpool 3-1

Published on Dec 16, 2012 6:14 AM
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (2nd L) shoots to score his side's third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England Dec 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Christian Benteke scored twice and made another goal as Aston Villa checked Liverpool's recent resurgence with a 3-1 win at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool were bidding for a fourth consecutive win in all competitions but failed to convert a string of first-half chances and were punished when goals from Benteke and Andreas Weimann put Villa 2-0 up at half-time.

Benteke struck again early in the second half and although Steven Gerrard pulled one back, it was too late to prevent Paul Lambert's side - the youngest Villa team ever to start a Premier League game - from extending their unbeaten run to five league games.

Victory eased Villa's relegation fears by carrying them up to 14th place, four days after they beat Norwich City 4-1 to reach the League Cup semi-finals, while Liverpool slipped two places to 12th.

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