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Rapid Vienna   1 - 1   Aston Villa

Barry Bannan (left) scores for Aston Villa
Bannan wheels away after opening the scoring in Vienna

By Jonathan Stevenson

Aston Villa gave themselves a strong chance of reaching the Europa League group stage after a 1-1 draw in their play-off first leg with Rapid Vienna.

A weakened Villa side got off to the perfect start in Austria when lively winger Marc Albrighton crossed for Barry Bannan to tap in from four yards.

But Rapid quickly improved and they levelled when the superb Steffen Hofman centred for Atdhe Nuhiu to glance in.

Brad Guzan made three superb saves as Villa held on for an important draw.

That makes the English side favourites to reach the group stage when they entertain Peter Pacult's side at Villa Park next Thursday.

Villa have had a rollercoaster start to the new season, with manager Martin O'Neill sensationally quitting last week, a fine 3-0 win over West Ham on the opening day on Saturday and the sale of James Milner to Manchester City on Wednesday.

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Caretaker-boss Kevin MacDonald decided against risking his first team despite Villa's defeat to Rapid at the same stage of the competition this time last year, handing Eric Lichaj and Jonathan Hogg debuts in amongst eight other changes from the weekend.

But the second string in claret-and-blue began superbly, constantly putting the Rapid defence under pressure, with Albrighton - one of the three players to keep his place - causing havoc down the right.

The 20-year-old, so impressive against the Hammers, immediately had the beating of Markus Katzer and his first cross was laid off by Emile Heskey inside the box to Bannan, who fired narrowly wide.

Despite dominating the game Villa could have twice gone behind in the space of a few seconds when referee Alain Hamer ignored Rapid's appeals for a penalty for Stephen Warnock's challenge on Hamdi Salihi and then from the loose ball Nuhiu's goalbound shot was brilliantly tipped away by Guzan.

Villa soon capitalised on their good fortune as Albrighton skipped effortlessly past Katzer and Bannan had the simple task of slotting in from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors were in complete control but Rapid, roared on by a partisan crowd inside the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, eventually established a foothold in the game thanks to their midfield general Hofmann.

As Villa began to see less of the ball Hofmann's delivery from wide areas became more of a threat, as first Thomas Hinum's shot was deflected off target and then Nuhiu headed into the ground and over when he should have scored.

Just after the half-hour mark, the hosts got the equaliser their improvement deserved as another Hofmann cross from the right was glanced on by Nuhiu and past Guzan's despairing dive.

Villa were struggling to string more than a couple of passes together and Heskey was unable to hold the ball up as Rapid looked by far the more assured of the two teams.

Guzan - who was subjected to coins and lighters being thrown from the crowd at one stage - had to be alert twice to prevent Villa from going behind as he impressively caught Hofmann's 22-yard free-kick and then tipped Veli Kavlak's shot around the post the other side of the break.

Guzan was booked for time-wasting with only 51 minutes on the clock as Villa seemed to settle very early on for the draw, but they had the United States keeper to thank again late on when he stuck out a hand to stop Rene Gartler's shot from creeping in.

The Midlanders offered next to nothing in the closing stages, but they will be much the happier of the two teams at the halfway stage in the tie.


Aston Villa caretaker-boss Kevin MacDonald: "I'm very proud of the young players indeed.

"It was an education for the boys and I'm pleased with all of them because this is not an easy place to come.

"It was a good finish, a good goal, and I'm sure you could see the elation in their faces when we did score.

"There's a very strong camaraderie amongst that group of players."

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rapid Vienna 1-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Nuhiu 32
  • Bannan 11

Rapid Vienna

  • 01 Hedl
  • 06 Sonnleitner
  • 08 Heikkinen
  • 14 Katzer yellow card
  • 22 Soma yellow card
  • 25 Kayhan yellow card
  • 11 Hoffmann
  • 17 Kavlak
  • 26 Hinum (Drazan 85)
  • 09 Salihi (Gartler 72)
  • 15 Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 24 Payer,
  • 03 Patocka,
  • 23 Dober,
  • 19 Drazan,
  • 21 Saurer,
  • 35 Pehlivan,
  • 20 Gartler

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: HamerAtt: 16,891
RAPID VIENNA
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Rapid Vienna 48%
  • Aston Villa 52%

Attempts on target

  • Rapid Vienna 7
  • Aston Villa 3

Attempts off target

  • Rapid Vienna 9
  • Aston Villa 4

Corners

  • Rapid Vienna 13
  • Aston Villa 6

Fouls

  • Rapid Vienna 16
  • Aston Villa 20
  • Final Result
  • 93:42 The match begins.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:10 Tanju Kayhan sends in a cross.
  • 90:00+1:38 Outswinging corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann, right-footed shot by Christopher Drazan.
  • 90:00+1:04 Unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu by Curtis Davies results in a free kick. Stefan Hoffmann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:38 Tanju Kayhan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eric Lichaj. Eric Lichaj restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 89:47 Corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 89:40 Tanju Kayhan produces a cross, clearance by Stewart Downing.
  • 88:43 Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu. Free kick taken by Markus Heikkinen.
  • 86:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Rene Gartler. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 84:49 Substitution Isaiah Osbourne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andreas Weimann.
  • 84:49 Substitution Christopher Drazan comes on in place of Thomas Hinum.
  • 80:46 Stephen Warnock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu. The ball is crossed by Stefan Hoffmann, Markus Katzer has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 79:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Stefan Hoffmann. Indirect free kick taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 77:58 Substitution Andreas Weimann replaces Marc Albrighton.
  • 77:58 Stefan Hoffmann takes a corner.
  • 77:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Veli Kavlak by Eric Lichaj. Ragnvald Soma takes the indirect free kick.
  • 76:15 Shot by Thomas Hinum from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 74:59 Rene Gartler takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
  • 73:39 Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 73:39 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso on for Barry Bannan.
  • 73:39 Atdhe Nuhiu concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Davies.
  • 73:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tanju Kayhan by Jonathan Hogg. Free kick taken by Raimund Hedl.
  • 72:49 Shot from just outside the box by Nigel Reo-Coker misses to the right of the goal.
  • 71:53 Substitution Rene Gartler comes on in place of Hamdi Salihi.
  • 70:29 Emile Heskey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 69:32 Direct free kick taken by Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 69:32 Booking Markus Katzer is booked.
  • 69:26 Marc Albrighton fouled by Markus Katzer, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 66:21 Markus Heikkinen concedes a free kick for a foul on Emile Heskey. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:42 Veli Kavlak decides to take a short corner.
  • 64:46 Outswinging corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
  • 62:14 Ragnvald Soma takes a shot.
  • 61:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann from the right by-line, clearance by Curtis Davies.
  • 61:02 Veli Kavlak takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save. Corner taken by Veli Kavlak from the right by-line.
  • 59:57 Corner taken right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann from the right by-line, Atdhe Nuhiu concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Davies. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
  • 59:26 Nigel Reo-Coker challenges Tanju Kayhan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stefan Hoffmann delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Curtis Davies.
  • 58:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Hamdi Salihi. Direct free kick taken by Markus Katzer.
  • 56:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Tanju Kayhan. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies. Stefan Hoffmann fouled by Barry Bannan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Markus Heikkinen.
  • 55:38 Barry Bannan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 54:56 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Bannan, Atdhe Nuhiu manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:48 The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, blocked by Veli Kavlak.
  • 54:20 Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save by Raimund Hedl.
  • 53:16 Hamdi Salihi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:05 Foul by Hamdi Salihi on Bradley Guzan, free kick awarded. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 51:02 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the left by-line.
  • 50:06 Booking Bradley Guzan goes into the referee's book for time wasting.
  • 49:42 The referee blows for offside against Tanju Kayhan. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:04 The offside flag is raised against Atdhe Nuhiu. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
  • 43:22 Veli Kavlak produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Hamdi Salihi goes over the bar.
  • 41:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hamdi Salihi by Curtis Davies. Stefan Hoffmann produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Bradley Guzan.
  • 41:14 The ball is crossed by Tanju Kayhan.
  • 39:28 Emile Heskey fouled by Mario Sonnleitner, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Marc Albrighton from left wing.
  • 38:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye by Atdhe Nuhiu. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:24 Stefan Hoffmann takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort on goal by Atdhe Nuhiu from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 37:07 Thomas Hinum takes a shot. Marc Albrighton gets a block in.
  • 35:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Ragnvald Soma. Indirect free kick taken by Mario Sonnleitner.
  • 33:10 Free kick crossed by Stefan Hoffmann, Curtis Davies makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Veli Kavlak, Nigel Reo-Coker makes a clearance. Stefan Hoffmann produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 33:10 Booking The referee books Nigel Reo-Coker for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 31:54 Assist on the goal came from Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 31:54 GOAL - Atdhe NuhiuRapid Vienna 1 - 1 Aston Villa Atdhe Nuhiu finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Rapid Vienna 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 29:15 Markus Heikkinen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Bannan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Barry Bannan.
  • 28:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Veli Kavlak. Free kick taken by Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 25:21 Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Veli Kavlak. Markus Katzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:00 The offside flag is raised against Atdhe Nuhiu. Curtis Davies takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye by Atdhe Nuhiu. Free kick taken by Habib Beye.
  • 22:32 Long range shot by Tanju Kayhan goes wide left of the net.
  • 21:20 Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Thomas Hinum, free kick awarded. Ragnvald Soma takes the free kick.
  • 19:40 Corner taken by Veli Kavlak from the left by-line. Headed effort from the edge of the area by Atdhe Nuhiu goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 19:06 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Veli Kavlak, Stefan Hoffmann takes a shot. Blocked by Eric Lichaj.
  • 18:59 The ball is delivered by Veli Kavlak, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.
  • 16:53 Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing from right wing.
  • 16:53 Booking Ragnvald Soma receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:43 Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Ragnvald Soma results in a free kick.
  • 15:23 Corner taken by Stewart Downing.
  • 14:40 Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton. Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Markus Heikkinen gets a block in.
  • 13:25 Foul by Eric Lichaj on Atdhe Nuhiu, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Veli Kavlak from left wing, save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 12:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stefan Hoffmann by Habib Beye. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
  • 10:55 Assist by Marc Albrighton.
  • 10:55 GOAL - Barry BannanRapid Vienna 0 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Barry Bannan from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rapid Vienna 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 10:19 Eric Lichaj takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:19 Booking Booking for Tanju Kayhan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 10:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Bannan by Tanju Kayhan.
  • 9:39 Atdhe Nuhiu takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann, clearance by Eric Lichaj.
  • 8:06 Unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Markus Heikkinen results in a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:04 Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu. Markus Heikkinen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 5:49 Eric Lichaj is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Markus Katzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:17 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marc Albrighton. Stewart Downing takes a shot. Markus Heikkinen gets a block in.
  • 4:42 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Hamdi Salihi. Markus Heikkinen takes the free kick.
  • 3:36 Eric Lichaj has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 3:06 The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, Markus Katzer gets a block in. Marc Albrighton takes a short corner.
  • 1:31 Unfair challenge on Veli Kavlak by Eric Lichaj results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann, clearance by Jonathan Hogg.

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