Thursday August 26, 2010 Play-off round Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 3 Rapid Wien

  • Agbonlahor 22’
  • Heskey 78’
  • Nuhiu 52’
  • Sonnleitner 80’
  • Gartler 81’

  1. Villa vanquished by Vienna

    Villa vanquished by Vienna

    Late goals gave Aston Villa a sense of déjà vu as they crashed out of the Europa League to Rapid Vienna for the second year running. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Aston Villa
    • Rapid Wien
    • 90+4' It's all over, Villa are out of the Europa League as the away side support on the pitch.
    • 90+4' Villa Park is looking empty but still noisy as the away fans count down the clock.
    • 90+1' SUBSTITUTION: Hoffmann comes off for Jurgen Patocka.
    • 90' Collins looks to be through from Ireland's through ball but is ruled out offside. Good save anyway.
    • 89' Young is cautioned for dissent.
    • 88' A less than impressed Randy Lerner sits slumped in his director's box, watching the action.
    • 87' Young has a free-kick in a good position, 25 yards out, centre of the goal, but he fires well over.
    • 85' Collins goes into the book for a lunge.
    • 84' After a flurry of action, Villa now look like they are heading out as they are 3-2 down on the night and 4-3 down on aggregate - two late goals are needed.
    • 82' SUBSTITION: Nathan Delfouneso comes on for Nigel Reo-Coker. Moments before the goal, Gartler and Trimmel came on for Saurer and Pehlivan.
    • 81' GOAL! Vienna are now 3-2 ahead as substitute Christopher Trimmel crosses in for fellow substitute Rene Gartler to tap in.
    • 80' So it's 2-2 on the night, 3-3 on aggregate and right now Vienna are going through, just as they did last year at Villa Park at the same stage of the competition.
    • 79' GOAL! Vienna are back level again and through on away goals as Guzan fails to prevent Sonnleitner's superb header from rolling into the net. Davies was at fault for the goal as he failed to clear the cross.
    • 78' In the lead up to the goal, Petrove flicked on a cross from Young which was well saved by Hedl before the ball found its way to Beye who hit the volley that led to the goal.
    • 76' GOAL! Heskey gets on the scoresheet, flicking Beye's left-footed volley with his knee past Hedl to put Villa back into the lead.
    • 75' Heskey takes the ball down beautifully in the air on his chest - his link-up play is of the highest quality, but his finishing ability leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 74' Mario Sonnleitner has gone into the book for the foul on Heskey that saw the penalty awarded.
    • 73' Hedl makes a good stop diving to his right to deny Petrov's soft penalty, but Heskey really should do better on the rebound, kicking the ball into the ground and over the bar with the goal gaping from a few yards.
    • 72' Heskey makes a driving run and is tripped up - referee has no hesitations in blowing the whistle.
    • 71' There's a stoppage in play. Young is remonstrating with the officials as the Vienna players take a quick drink.
    • 70' Young goes down in the box wanting a penalty following a challenge by Markus Katzer - nothing doing.
    • 69' For those who may recognise Ragnvald Soma - he has a brief spell at West Ham back in 2001.
    • 68' Collins goes close once more from Albrighton's centre.
    • 68' The Villa corners keep coming, nonetheless, and this time Young's delivery is flicked over by Heskey via a deflection.
    • 67' A fantastic ball from Kavlak catches the Villa backline out as Hoffmann is put through, but his weak cross is clutched by Guzan.
    • 66' Saurer manages to get a cross in that Nuhiu flicks tamely towards the goal which is easily gathered by Guzan. Vienna look dangerous though.
    • 65' As predicted, Villa are looking a bit nervy - particularly as they went out at this stage last season.
    • 64' MacDonald has few recognised options on the bench should he want to change things.
    • 63' Villa win a free-kick on the left-hand touchline, but Young blasts it way over into the crowd - not for the first time tonight.
    • 62' Heskey tries an ambitious strike from the right-hand side of the box that sails wide.
    • 61' Great chance for Reo-Coker. Great work by Heskey down the right sees the ex-Wigan man put in a cross that is cleared straight into Reo-Coker's path just a few yards out, but he can't control the ball and it dribbles wide.
    • 60' Unintentional handball by Andreas Dober wins a throw-in.
    • 59' Young tries to play through Heskey and the former England international seems to be away - but he's ruled offside.
    • 58' Beye is looking uncomfortable out of position at left-back, with Kavlak on his case at every opportunity.
    • 57' A poor ball from Young is blocked out for another corner, but the Englishman bends the ball out of play with his set piece and it's a goal-kick.
    • 56' Albrighton's hard work and determination wins Villa a corner.
    • 55' So it's 2-2 on aggregate now - extra time looms should nothing change.
    • 54' The enthusiastic Albrighton tries to charge down the keeper - but Hedl clears well.
    • 53' It'll be interesting to see Villa's response - will they hit back or will they go into their shell?
    • 52' GOAL! And that's just what happens as Nuhiu equalises after a mistake from Beye. Kavlak robs the ex-Newcastle man and puts a fine delivery right onto the big striker's head to level proceedings.
    • 51' MacDonald's team are looking comfortable, with that man Ireland at the heart of things. But after that drubbing at the weekend, you wonder what might happen should Vienna find an equaliser.
    • 50' Beye absolutely flattens Kavlak as the two jump for a high ball. No foul committed though and they both get up and get on with it.
    • 49' If Vienna start to go for it, Villa will be in their element on the counter.
    • 48' On the counter attack, Albrighton makes a superb run up the field, ghosting past defenders before hitting a well-struck shot about a yard or two wide of the right-hand post.
    • 48' Free-kick for Vienna but again it's easily dealt with by the Villa defence. Hoffmann needs to step up his delivery.
    • 47' Even in these early stages, Ireland and Young are looking a tasty partnership.
    • 46' We're back underway as the second half kicks off. Villa will be looking for more of the same.
    • 45+1' It's half time, Villa looking comfortable.
    • 45+1' A mistake by Collins allows Hoffmann to square to Nuhiu who in turn knocks it onto Pehlivan. Unfortunately for the Rapid man, it's not third time lucky and he blazes over the bar once more.
    • 45' Albrighton wastes a good chance for Villa to break as his return pass to Young is overhit and cleared.
    • 44' Ireland seems to be right at home in this Villa side where he can get involved in all parts of the play - from his natural attacking instincts to mopping up at the back.
    • 43' Guzan, who has had very little to do, has a welcome touch of the ball as he passes it to Collins.
    • 42' Agbonlanhor is straight off down the tunnel to be examined by the medical team. He rips his shirt off and tosses it to a lucky fan.
    • 41' A disappointed Agbonlahor walks off to the applause of the Villa crowd - they'll be hoping it's just precautionary.
    • 40' SUBSTITUTION: Goal-scorer Agbonlahor is off for Albrighton.
    • 39' Via a couple of Villa headers, Hoffmann's free-kick is cleared.
    • 38' Beye makes another silly foul right next to the corner flag as he knocks over Veli Kavlak.
    • 37' Vienna knock the ball around well again but Villa are happy to keep them at bay. In the end, Pehlivan tries another shot from distance - it's high, wide and not so handsome.
    • 36' Agbonlahor has taken a knock and Albrighton is being readied as a precaution.
    • 35' Yasin Pehlivan tries an ambitious long-range shot that goes out for a goal-kick - to the jeers of the Villa supporters.
    • 34' Collins heads over again from Young's corner.
    • 33' Ireland breaks the offside trap and bears down on goal, and just as he is about to pull the trigger the ball is taken off his feet and put out for a corner.
    • 32' Vienna show some creativity with the resulting free-kick as the ball is deftly flicked to Hoffmann, whose floated cross is headed down before being cleared.
    • 32' Beye gives a silly foul away on the right-hand side of the Villa penalty area.
    • 31' Nice play by Ireland before feeding it into Agbonlahor, but the speedy forward miscontrols - perhaps still a bit rusty after his lay-off.
    • 30' Saurer shows good strength to beat Reo-Coker on the left, but puts a woeful ball in that is easily cleared.
    • 29' Cuellar tries an ambitious ball out to Agbonlahor that sails out for a throw.
    • 28' Atdhe Nuhiu, the big striker who scored in the first leg, seems pretty decent at holding the ball up.
    • 27' Villa knocking it around nicely now. That Geordie nightmare seems to be in the past.
    • 26' Agbonlahor flies down the left before putting in a low cross which Heskey leaves in the hope that another Villa player might pick it up - but there's no-one there.
    • 25' So Villa are 2-1 on aggregate.
    • 24' Beye bursts down the left, before putting in a cross that comes to nothing.
    • 23' Villa have stepped it up in the last five minutes or so with Ireland and Young getting more involved. The goal came as little surprise - Agbonlahor doesn't miss those.
    • 22' GOAL! Agbonlahor finishes well as the dangerous Young puts it on a plate for the England striker with a super cross from the right. It had been coming in the last few minutes.
    • 21' It's another free-kick for Villa as Stiliyan Petrov is taken out, about 25 yards out, left of centre. Young hits at goal, but it sails past the post - to the relief of the Vienna players.
    • 20' Young curls a great shot from the free-kick which Raimund Hedl does well to turn round the post.
    • 19' Heskey, who has been rumoured to be leaving the club, wins a free-kick 25 yards out. Villa play down Heskey rumours
    • 18' Ireland makes a good run down the left-wing but his cross just evades Emile Heskey.
    • 17' Great chance for Collins. Young puts in a peach of a cross which the Welshman nods wide.
    • 17' Corner to Villa as Cuellar goes at Saurer.
    • 16' Young tries a neat little flick round the corner to Agbonlahor, but it doesn't quite come off. Unlucky.
    • 16' Hoffmann looks to be Vienna's talisman, getting his foot on the ball at every opportunity and keeping things ticking over for the away side.
    • 15' It's been very even in the first 15 minutes.
    • 14' Beye goes to sleep as Hoffmann runs in, but the Vienna man miskicks his shot and it goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 12' Ireland tries an ambitious cross which goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 11' The battle in the middle of the park looks an intriguing one, with Ireland perhaps the man to unlock Vienna's organised defence.
    • 10' The Rapid fans are certainly making themselves heard.
    • 9' Free-kick to Vienna 25 yards out, centre of goal. Stefan Hoffmann drives it straight into the wall and the rebound is lashed into the stands.
    • 8' Vienna are showing they can knock the ball around as well with left winger Christoph Saurer showing Cuellar a clean pair of heels.
    • 7' Nigel Reo-Coker is full of running, no doubt delighted to be back in starting XI.
    • 6' Free-kick to Villa about 40 yards out which Young lofts in, Davies flicks on but it comes to nothing.
    • 5' Ireland has shown some decent touches so far but Vienna have shown they're up for the fight.
    • 3' The home faithful are in full voice making a decent atmosphere at a semi-full Villa Park.
    • 2' Villa make a lively start as Ashley Young puts Agbonlahor through - the Englishman fires straight down the goalkeeper's throat.
    • 1' We're under way.
    • 19:43 The teams are out on the pitch - we're just moments away from kick-off.
    • 19:42 Habib Beye, the perennial bench-warmer under O'Neill, slots in at left-back with Carlos Cuellar filling in at right-back. Curtis Davies and James Collins take the central defence positions.
    • 19:40 Stephen Ireland will be hoping his Villa Park debut goes a little better than the club debut he made at the weekend - the young Irishman should pull the strings in the middle of the park.
    • 19:38 The man responsible for keeping a lid on proceedings is Dutch referee Eric Braamhaar.
    • 19:37 Tonight also sees the return of Gabriel Agbonlahor, the pacey young England striker so missed up on Tyneside.
    • 19:36 So MacDonald has put out a full-strength team to take on the Austrians, although Brad Guzan takes regular first-team goalkeeper Brad Friedel's place between the sticks.
    • 19:35 The teams are in:
    • - Aston Villa: Guzan, Davies, Collins, Cuellar, Beye, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Ireland, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Subs: Friedel, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Lichaj, Bannan, Clark, Hogg.
    • - Rapid Vienna: Hedl, Dober, Sonnleitner, Soma, Katzer, Heikkinen, Pehlivan, Kavlak, Hoffmann, Saurer, Nuhiu. Subs: Subs: Payer, Patocka, Kulovits, Salihi, Gartler, Hinum, Trimmel.
    • 19:26 MacDonald has just revealed goal hero Bannan will be on the bench tonight, along with fellow youngster Marc Albrighton.
    • 19:20 Despite the demolition up at St James' Park, MacDonald is still reportedly very much in the frame to succeed Martin O'Neill, who resigned earlier this month.
    • 19:17 Kevin MacDonald sent out a very youthful team in the first leg with Barry Bannan scoring that crucial away goal. Rapid Vienna 1 - 1 Aston Villa
    • 19:10 Good evening and welcome to the Europa League clash between Aston Villa and Rapid Vienna. Villa managed a 1-1 draw out in Austria and will be hoping to bounce back from Sunday's humiliating defeat to Newcastle with a win tonight. Newcastle United 6 - 0 Aston Villa
  • Summary

    • 73' Hedl makes a good stop diving to his right to deny Petrov's soft penalty, but Heskey really should do better on the rebound, kicking the ball into the ground and over the bar with the goal gaping from a few yards.

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  • Aston Villa

    Manager: Kevin MacDonald

  • Rapid Wien

    Manager: Peter Pacult

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