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Football: Christian Benteke double sparks Aston Villa revival

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:41 AM
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates his first goal against Norwich City during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on Mar 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Christian Benteke scored twice as Aston Villa came from a goal behind to beat Norwich City 4-1 on Sunday and move seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Villa, who'd gone three games without scoring a goal.

The omens were not promising for Villa manager Paul Lambert against his former club when Wes Hoolahan gave visitors Norwich a third-minute lead.

But a rainswept Villa Park then saw Benteke score two goals in three minutes and before half time the Birmingham club were 4-1 in front thanks to Leandro Bacuna and an own-goal from Sebastien Bassong.

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