Benteke stars as Villa thrash Crewe
Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa claimed a first pre-season win of the summer as they thrashed Crewe 5-1.
Belgiun striker Benteke, who last week signed a new four-year contract at Villa Park, hit three goals in 13 first-half minutes after Andreas Weimann had opened the scoring from distance after two minutes of action at Gresty Road.
Harry Davis pulled a goal back for Crewe just before the break and Villa manager Paul Lambert decided to make ten changes at half-time.
The Premier League side lost at Luton on Tuesday after being held to successive draws at Wycombe, Bochum, Paderborn and Wigan but there was no stopping them in Cheshire and Dutch winger Leandro Bacuna added a fifth goal seven minutes from time.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.