<
>
2020-21 English Premier League
  • Ross Barkley (90'+1')

Villa maintain perfect start as Barkley sinks Leicester

Aston Villa stretched their perfect Premier League start to four wins after a superb stoppage-time goal from Ross Barkley gave them a 1-0 victory at Leicester City in a scrappy contest at the King Power stadium on Sunday.

- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- Insider Notebook: Reyna, U.S. stars on Barca radar

The result left Villa second on 12 points with a game in hand over leaders Everton who have 13. Third-placed Liverpool have 10 from five and Leicester in fourth are on nine after suffering their second successive home defeat.

Barkley, who is on loan at Villa from Chelsea, snatched the winner out of the blue with a stinging low shot from 25 metres which left Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel clutching thin air, as the ball bounced in front of him.

A drab first half produced one chance at each end, with Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez denying Leicester right back Timothy Castagne before Egyptian forward Trezeguet fired wide after a flowing move by the visitors.

Villa, who were on the back foot in the opening half, came forward with more purpose after the beak and went close in the 51st minute when central defender Ezri Konsa headed inches wide.

When the match appeared to be heading for a goalless stalemate, Barkley made sure Villa started the season with four league wins for the first time since 1930 after they narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight last season.

"An important win today," Barkley, who also scored in the 7-2 win over champions Liverpool before the international break, said. "I dedicated that goal to the physio because I was 50-50 in the week and he did a really good job getting me right."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 +12 21
2 Liverpool 10 +5 21
3 Chelsea 10 +12 19
4 Leicester City 10 +5 18
5 West Ham United 10 +6 17
6 Southampton 10 +3 17
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 0 17
8 Everton 10 +2 16
9 Manchester United 9 0 16
10 Aston Villa 9 +7 15
11 Manchester City 9 +4 15
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal 10 -2 13
15 Crystal Palace 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 -2 10
17 Fulham 10 -8 7
18 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
19 Burnley 9 -13 5
20 Sheffield United 10 -12 1