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Aston Villa 1-0 Odense (agg 3-2)

Ashley Young and John Carew
Young and Carew had chances in the match

Aston Villa booked a spot in the final Uefa Cup qualifying round with a win over Odense but the match was marred by a serious injury to Wilfred Bouma.

The Dutch defender suffered a dislocated ankle early in a match that Villa won thanks to a second-half strike from Ashley Young.

The England midfielder fired in an unstoppable shot from 20 yards that gave keeper Arkadiusz Onyszko no hope.

John Carew also went close with a header that hit the crossbar.

Villa began brightly but the early injury to Bouma, which resulted in play being stopped for about five minutes in order for treatment to be administered, seemed to unsettle Martin O'Neill's side during the first half.

606: DEBATE

Nevertheless, the Premier League outfit went close on a handful of occasions, with Young's free-kick deflected over the bar by Jonas Troest before Carew screwed his turn-and-shot fractionally wide.

There were a couple of scares for the home side, with Henrik Hansen forcing a save from Stuart Taylor and Baye Fall striking the post after finding himself in a one-on-one situation with the Villa keeper.

O'Neill's men looked a different proposition after the break as first-half substitute Gareth Barry exerted his influence.

Barry had come on to replace Bouma in defence and received a warm welcome, despite facing the wrath of Villa fans in the midweek friendly against Walsall as a consequence of his desire to leave the club.

The England midfielder took a number of pinpoint set-pieces but had little say in Villa's winner, which was created and finished by his international team-mate Young.

The sprightly winger cut in from the left to smash a vicious effort into the top left corner.

Villa upped the tempo and should have had at least doubled their total, with Carew hitting the bar from Barry's free-kick and Gabriel Agbonlahor screwing wide from 12 yards.

But with a poor Odense needing two goals, Villa did not need to panic and they saw out the game comfortably.


Aston Villa: Taylor, Gardner, Laursen, Knight, Bouma (Barry 14), Petrov, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Young, Agbonlahor, Carew.
Subs Not Used: Parish, Harewood, Salifou, Routledge, Osbourne, Maloney.

Goals: Young 50.

Odense BK: Onyszko, Helveg (Ruud 46), Haland, Troest, Sorensen, Andreasen (Bolanos 75), Djemba-Djemba, Henrik Hansen, Absalonsen, Runstrom (Jacobsen 81), Fall.
Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Bisgaard, Nymann, Nielsen.

Booked: Absalonsen.

Att: 35,000


see also
Bouma hit by serious ankle injury
26 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Friedel completes move to Villa
26 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Carson encourages Barry to move
25 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
O'Neill wants decision over Barry
24 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Villa fans jeer unsettled Barry
23 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Odense 2-2 Aston Villa
19 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa


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