Midfielder Gardner was at the forefront of Villa's attacks
Aston Villa comfortably booked their spot in the Uefa Cup after a draw against FH Hafnarfjordur gave them a 5-2 aggregate victory.
England Under-21 midfielder Craig Gardner gave Villa the lead with a fierce strike from inside the area.
Within three minutes the Icelandic team were level when Atli Bjornsson fired in at the near post.
Gardner also had a shot saved by keeper Gunnar Sigurdsson and an effort deflected wide from 10 yards.
The first-half score by the visitors from Iceland should only be seen as a minor blip during what was a comfortable night for Martin O'Neill's side.
Taking a 4-1 lead into the home leg, the Villa boss decided to make six changes to the side that lost to Stoke last weekend.
The best of the half-dozen was Gardner who was outstanding in the centre and was involved in most of Villa's slick moves upfield.
The 21-year-old had a fierce drive saved by Sigurdsson and was stopped from connecting with Marlon Harewood's low centre, before opening the scoring.
It was striker Harewood again, who sped up the right and cut the ball back for Gardner, who buried the ball high past the reach of Sigurdsson from 20 yards.
A rout seemed likely, but just three minutes later the part-timers reduced the aggregate deficit to 5-2 when Villa keeper Brad Friedel inexplicably parried a high cross into the path of Bjornsson, who steadied himself before firing in at the far post.
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