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Rapid Vienna   1 - 0   Aston Villa

Jelavic's early goal proved to be enough for Rapid Vienna
Jelavic's early goal proved to be enough for Rapid Vienna

Aston Villa were stunned by an early Nikica Jelavic goal as they lost the first leg of their Europa League qualifier away at Rapid Vienna.

The Bosnian headed home after just 40 seconds to give the Austrian side a narrow advantage ahead of the return leg at Villa Park on 27 August.

Villa's best moments came after the break but they failed to seriously test opposing goalkeeper Helge Payer.

At the other end Christopher Drazan saw an effort cleared off the line.

Martin O'Neill was criticised for fielding a weakened team as Villa were knocked out of the Uefa Cup last season and although he did not make wholesale changes in Vienna, there were four changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Wigan last Saturday.

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Perhaps the most surprising change came in goal as American Brad Guzan replaced his compatriot Brad Freidel and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Rapid made the perfect start.

It took the hosts less than a minute to go in front as the dangerous Drazan whipped in a curling cross for Jelavic to head home.

It was a blow from which Villa were unable to recover as Payer dealt with any threat that came his way.

Craig Gardner fired over, while the Rapid keeper was on hand to deal with crosses from Ashley Young and James Milner - one of the more lively visiting players.

When Milner did find a way past Payer, Emile Heskey - who started as a lone striker - could only plant his header over the bar.

Despite an encouraging start to the second half it was much the same after break and O'Neill soon replaced midfielder Gardner with striker Gabriel Agbonlahor as he looked to inject some pace into the Villa attack.

The switch had the desired affect with the English side pushing forward with greater urgency and just after the hour mark Young created Villa's best opening with a brilliant turn and cross, but Curtis Davies was unable to direct his header goalwards.

Despite the increased urgency from O'Neill's side, Rapid, and in particular Drazan, continued to pose a threat.

The 18-year-old Austrian striker first tested Guzan with a ferocious shot from the edge of the area, before Davies cleared his effort off the line.

Villa continued to press for a vital away goal, but Milner could not finish from Young's cross and Steve Sidwell shot straight at Payer.

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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Europa League Q'fying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rapid Vienna 1-0 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Jelavic 1

    Rapid Vienna

    • 24 Payer
    • 03 Patocka
    • 04 Jovanovic
    • 08 Heikkinen
    • 14 Katzer
    • 23 Dober yellow card
    • 11 Hoffmann
    • 19 Drazan (Boskovic 83)
    • 33 Konrad (Trimmel 61)
    • 35 Pehlivan
    • 16 Jelavic

    Substitutes

    • 01 Hedl,
    • 22 Soma,
    • 06 Thonhofer,
    • 07 Kulovits,
    • 18 Eder,
    • 27 Boskovic,
    • 28 Trimmel

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Ref: TudorAtt: 17,800
    RAPID VIENNA
    ASTON VILLA

    Possession

    • Rapid Vienna 50%
    • Aston Villa 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Rapid Vienna 5
    • Aston Villa 2

    Attempts off target

    • Rapid Vienna 3
    • Aston Villa 6

    Corners

    • Rapid Vienna 1
    • Aston Villa 4

    Fouls

    • Rapid Vienna 11
    • Aston Villa 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:08 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic by Emile Heskey. Direct free kick taken by Helge Payer.
    • 90:00+3:24 Stefan Hoffmann produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+0:44 Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young.
    • 89:33 Stefan Hoffmann produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 89:00 Drilled right-footed shot by Steve Sidwell. Save made by Helge Payer.
    • 88:32 Christoper Trimmel concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 86:18 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, James Milner has a mishit shot. Save by Helge Payer.
    • 83:47 Nigel Reo-Coker fouled by Nikica Jelavic, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
    • 82:57 The assistant referee signals for offside against Emile Heskey. Indirect free kick taken by Helge Payer.
    • 82:11 Substitution Branko Boskovic on for Christopher Drazan.
    • 80:00 Substitution Shane Lowry joins the action as a substitute, replacing Curtis Davies.
    • 76:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Jovanovic on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
    • 74:21 Unfair challenge on Stefan Hoffmann by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Jurgen Patocka takes the free kick.
    • 73:18 James Milner challenges Christopher Drazan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stefan Hoffmann takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:36 Foul by Markus Heikkinen on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:11 Christopher Drazan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Curtis Davies.
    • 68:10 Andreas Dober has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 67:15 Drilled left-footed shot by Christopher Drazan. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
    • 64:08 Effort on goal by Ashley Young from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 63:22 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Jurgen Patocka results in a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 62:21 Ashley Young delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Curtis Davies goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 62:21 Centre by Ashley Young, Emile Heskey produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 61:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Drazan on Habib Beye. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 60:46 Substitution Christoper Trimmel on for Mario Konrad.
    • 56:45 Nicky Shorey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 56:08 Corner taken short by Nicky Shorey.
    • 55:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Jovanovic on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Ashley Young delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Helge Payer.
    • 54:10 Direct free kick taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
    • 54:10 Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor on for Craig Gardner.
    • 54:10 Christopher Drazan fouled by Habib Beye, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 48:45 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Andreas Dober results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young from own half, clearance made by Milan Jovanovic.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:15 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:01 Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 43:59 Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Dober. Milan Jovanovic takes the free kick.
    • 40:52 Ashley Young crosses the ball, Markus Katzer manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:13 Booking Booking for Andreas Dober.
    • 40:06 Booking Steve Sidwell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 38:44 Header by Emile Heskey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 37:41 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Emile Heskey misses to the left of the target.
    • 35:03 Craig Gardner challenges Christopher Drazan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christopher Drazan.
    • 33:52 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Markus Heikkinen. Free kick taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
    • 33:06 The referee blows for offside. Milan Jovanovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:12 Shot by Stefan Hoffmann. Save by Bradley Guzan.
    • 30:58 Unfair challenge on Andreas Dober by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Helge Payer takes the free kick.
    • 29:07 Corner taken by James Milner, clearance by Milan Jovanovic.
    • 28:36 Markus Katzer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:48 Foul by Markus Katzer on James Milner, free kick awarded. Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Carlos Cuellar. Stefan Hoffmann takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Markus Katzer by Emile Heskey. Markus Katzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Mario Konrad. Free kick taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
    • 16:14 Jurgen Patocka concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Habib Beye takes the free kick.
    • 14:14 Steve Sidwell challenges Stefan Hoffmann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stefan Hoffmann crosses the ball, Yasin Pehlivan takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
    • 11:16 Ashley Young sends in a cross, Helge Payer makes a save.
    • 8:43 Shot from just outside the box by Craig Gardner goes over the bar.
    • 6:12 The official flags Emile Heskey offside. Indirect free kick taken by Helge Payer.
    • 4:07 The ball is sent over by Emile Heskey.
    • 2:56 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann from the left by-line.
    • 1:29 The assist for the goal came from Christopher Drazan.
    • 1:29 GOAL - Nikica JelavicRapid Vienna 1 - 0 Aston Villa Nikica Jelavic scores a headed goal from inside the box. Rapid Vienna 1-0 Aston Villa.
    • 1:10 The ball is swung over by Christopher Drazan,
    • Correction - 0:40 Christopher Drazan provided the assist for the goal.
    • Correction - 0:40 GOAL - Nikica JelavicRapid Vienna 1 - 0 Aston Villa Nikica Jelavic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Rapid Vienna 1-0 Aston Villa.
    • Correction - 0:39 The ball is sent over by Christopher Drazan,
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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