In the 12th minute of Aston Villa's crucial derby match at West Bromwich Albion, Christian Benteke did something we've seen far too little of lately: he scored. From just outside the penalty box, the Belgian pounded the ball home to the right side of the net. The goal was what we've come to expect from the striker: poised, powerful, and lovely. Don't believe me? Take a look:
Well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't expect WBA to take the lead in the coming minutes. So I was shocked to see Gabriel Agbonlahor make a total fool of Ben Foster in the 31st minute when Gabby scored the match's second goal. It was a lovely run that ended with Foster going the entirely wrong direction as Gabby slotted the ball in.
As the half came to a close, Eric Lichaj - an early-match sub for Nathan Baker who was taken out with a hamstring problem - nearly made it 0-3, but Foster finally managed a save.
Villa will look to wrap up an improbable three points in the second half. Maybe it's not the end of the club after all.