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Aston Villa   2 - 3   Rapid Vienna (agg 3 - 4)

Aston Villa
A disconsolate Aston Villa contemplate defeat

By Les Roopanarine

For the second time in two seasons, Aston Villa's Europa League ambitions were snuffed out by a second-half fightback from Rapid Vienna.

Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Villa the early advantage with a clinical finish.

Vienna hit back through Atdhe Nuhiu, but Emile Heskey restored Villa's lead after a Stiliyan Petrov penalty miss.

Villa were to have the edge for barely a minute, though, Mario Sonnleitner heading Vienna level before substitute Rene Gartler put the visitors through.

To compound Villa's torment in losing to Vienna again - this time last year, it was Nikica Jelavic who scored a decisive late goal at Villa Park - Heskey was guilty of an abysmal miss as he followed up the rebound from Petrov's penalty.

With the goal at his mercy, the former England man contrived to scuff his shot into the ground and over the bar.

It was the stuff of nightmares for Kevin MacDonald, whose caretaker tenure of Villa is fast descending into turmoil.

Reluctantly cast in the role following Martin O'Neill's resignation, MacDonald has said he is unsure if he wants it permanently. After this result, which follows hard on the heels of Sunday's 6-0 mauling at Newcastle, he may no longer have the luxury of choice.

For those of a claret-and-blue persuasion, Villa's second-half implosion must have been all the more painful for the promise which preceded it.

After events at St James' Park, Villa might have been forgiven for starting cautiously. Instead, they showed an adventure which swiftly dispelled any doubts about their collective state of mind.

Barely a minute had passed when Ashley Young slotted an incisive ball through the Rapid Vienna defence for Agbonlahor, who tested goalkeeper Raimund Hedl with a low effort across goal.

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It set the tone for an effervescent early display from Young, who added to Hedl's discomfort with a curving free-kick, and then combined devastatingly with Agbonlahor to hand Villa the initiative.

Released along the right by Stephen Ireland, the fleet-footed winger calmly steered a first-time ball into the six-yard box, where Agbonlahor slid in ahead of Sonnleitner to score.

Unfortunately for MacDonald and Villa, the Young-Agbonlahor axis was derailed soon afterwards.

Having picked up a knock which he tried and failed to shake off, Agbonlahor was forced off with the interval approaching, robbing Young of his initial zest and Villa of their chief goal threat.

Yet with Vienna struggling to make an impression offensively - two first-half efforts from Yasin Pehlivan posed a greater threat to Birmingham's bird population than Brad Guzan's goal - there seemed little immediate cause for concern.

That feeling grew stronger after the interval when Agbonlahor's replacement, Marc Albrighton, made a weaving run through the Austrian defence before firing wide.

But almost immediately, Veli Kavlak swung a right-wing cross into the danger area and Nuhiu - who also scored for Vienna in the first leg - rose to head home, silencing Villa Park.

They quickly rediscovered their voices when Young went down in the area under a challenge from Markus Katzer, but the Dutch referee, Eric Braamhaar, was rightly unmoved.

He was in more generous mood when Heskey was subsequently felled by Sonnleitner, but both Petrov - whose spot kick was pushed away by Hedl - and Heskey looked the proverbial gift horse in the mouth.

Atonement comes in various guises, and when Vienna failed to clear a corner five minutes later, Heskey looked to have made amends, the ball rebounding in off his midriff from a Habib Beye drive.

But having equalised in fortuitous circumstances, Villa were once again unable to maintain their lead.

Three minutes later, Stefan Hoffmann sent in a corner from the right, and Sonnleitner stooped to guide home a header at the near post.

Now behind on away goals, Villa's European hopes - and, perhaps, MacDonald's job prospects - were hanging by a thread.

There was to be no happy ending; instead, two Vienna substitutes combined to confirm MacDonald's misery. Christoper Trimmel wrong-footed the Villa defence with a precise centre to the far post, and Gartler was on hand to stab home.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-3 Rapid Vienna FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 3-4)
  • Agbonlahor 22
  • Heskey 77
  • Nuhiu 52
  • Sonnleitner 78
  • Gartler 81

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Rapid Vienna

  • 01 Hedl
  • 06 Sonnleitner yellow card
  • 08 Heikkinen
  • 14 Katzer
  • 22 Soma
  • 23 Dober yellow card
  • 11 Hoffmann (Patocka 90+1)
  • 17 Kavlak
  • 21 Saurer (Trimmel 73)
  • 35 Pehlivan (Gartler 78)
  • 15 Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 24 Payer,
  • 03 Patocka,
  • 07 Kulovits,
  • 26 Hinum,
  • 28 Trimmel,
  • 09 Salihi,
  • 20 Gartler
Ref: BraamhaarAtt: 29,980
ASTON VILLA
RAPID VIENNA

Possession

  • Aston Villa 56%
  • Rapid Vienna 44%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 6
  • Rapid Vienna 4

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 11
  • Rapid Vienna 5

Corners

  • Aston Villa 5
  • Rapid Vienna 1

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 14
  • Rapid Vienna 18
  • Final Result
  • 94:12 The referee starts the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:36 Atdhe Nuhiu fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick. Mario Sonnleitner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:17 Rene Gartler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 90:00+0:50 Raimund Hedl takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:50 Substitution Jurgen Patocka comes on in place of Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 90:00+0:50 The referee blows for offside against James Collins.
  • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 89:21 Free kick taken by Raimund Hedl.
  • 89:21 Booking Ashley Young booked.
  • 89:12 Ashley Young challenges Raimund Hedl unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 88:35 Habib Beye takes a shot. Save made by Raimund Hedl.
  • 88:09 Atdhe Nuhiu challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 86:18 Mario Sonnleitner challenges Emile Heskey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 84:53 Raimund Hedl takes the free kick.
  • 84:53 Booking James Collins is shown a yellow card.
  • 84:47 Foul by Ashley Young on Christoper Trimmel, free kick awarded.
  • 83:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Atdhe Nuhiu on Carlos Cuellar. Carlos Cuellar takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:01 Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Gartler. Markus Katzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:31 Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 82:31 Booking Andreas Dober is cautioned.
  • 82:22 Andreas Dober concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton.
  • 81:15 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso replaces Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 80:15 Assist on the goal came from Christoper Trimmel.
  • 80:15 GOAL - Rene GartlerAston Villa 2 - 3 Rapid Vienna Goal scored by Rene Gartler from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 2 (3)-(4) 3 Rapid Vienna.
  • 79:02 Curtis Davies fouled by Markus Heikkinen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
  • 77:49 Assist on the goal came from Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 77:49 GOAL - Mario SonnleitnerAston Villa 2 - 2 Rapid Vienna Mario Sonnleitner finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 2 (3)-(3) 2 Rapid Vienna.
  • 77:32 Corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann from the right by-line,
  • 77:15 Substitution (Rapid Vienna) makes a substitution, with Rene Gartler coming on for Yasin Pehlivan.
  • 76:26 The assist for the goal came from Habib Beye.
  • 76:26 GOAL - Emile HeskeyAston Villa 2 - 1 Rapid Vienna Emile Heskey fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2 (3)-(2) 1 Rapid Vienna.
  • 75:50 Habib Beye has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 75:12 Foul by Markus Katzer on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young from right wing.
  • 74:06 The offside flag is raised against Atdhe Nuhiu. Indirect free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
  • 73:56 Andreas Dober fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andreas Dober.
  • 72:55 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Veli Kavlak, free kick awarded. Stefan Hoffmann takes the free kick.
  • 72:22 Substitution Christoph Saurer goes off and Christoper Trimmel comes on.
  • 72:15 Booking Mario Sonnleitner receives a caution.
  • 72:09 Emile Heskey conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 71:56 Penalty taken by Stiliyan Petrov saved by Raimund Hedl. Aston Villa 1 (2)-(2) 1 Rapid Vienna.
  • 71:06 Mario Sonnleitner gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey.
  • 67:20 Headed effort from inside the box by James Collins misses to the right of the target.
  • 66:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young played to the near post.
  • 65:37 Emile Heskey fouled by Christoph Saurer, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:20 The ball is crossed by Christoph Saurer, save made by Bradley Guzan.
  • 61:53 Markus Heikkinen concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Shot comes in from Ashley Young from the free kick.
  • 61:30 A cross is delivered by Emile Heskey.
  • 60:02 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Nigel Reo-Coker goes wide left of the target.
  • 59:39 Handball by Andreas Dober. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 59:20 The ball is swung over by Markus Katzer, comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.
  • 58:50 The offside flag is raised against Emile Heskey. Mario Sonnleitner takes the free kick.
  • 56:02 Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Raimund Hedl. Raimund Hedl restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:25 Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line.
  • 51:24 The assist for the goal came from Veli Kavlak.
  • 51:24 GOAL - Atdhe NuhiuAston Villa 1 - 1 Rapid Vienna Atdhe Nuhiu finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 1 (2)-(2) 1 Rapid Vienna.
  • 48:58 Andreas Dober gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye. Habib Beye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:35 Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 46:42 Atdhe Nuhiu fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann, Emile Heskey manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:12 Effort from long distance by Yasin Pehlivan goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 41:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Atdhe Nuhiu on Marc Albrighton. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
  • 40:39 Ashley Young challenges Markus Heikkinen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Markus Heikkinen takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:09 Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on.
  • 37:53 Habib Beye concedes a free kick for a foul on Veli Kavlak. Veli Kavlak crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:01 Andreas Dober fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Markus Heikkinen.
  • 36:04 Right-footed shot by Yasin Pehlivan went wide right of the target.
  • 35:40 Yasin Pehlivan takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 34:19 Yasin Pehlivan has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the net.
  • 32:20 Stephen Ireland takes the inswinging corner, Header from close range by James Collins clears the bar.
  • 30:52 Unfair challenge on Veli Kavlak by Habib Beye results in a free kick. Christoph Saurer takes the free kick.
  • 29:09 The ball is sent over by Christoph Saurer, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 25:25 Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball.
  • 23:43 The referee blows for offside. Ragnvald Soma restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:19 The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.
  • 21:19 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa 1 - 0 Rapid Vienna Gabriel Agbonlahor fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1 (2)-(1) 0 Rapid Vienna.
  • 19:39 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Markus Heikkinen results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ashley Young.
  • 19:02 James Collins takes a shot. Blocked by Mario Sonnleitner.
  • 17:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Sonnleitner on Emile Heskey. Ashley Young produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Raimund Hedl.
  • 17:23 The ball is sent over by Stephen Ireland, save made by Raimund Hedl.
  • 16:16 Corner taken by Ashley Young, James Collins has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 14:47 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Veli Kavlak results in a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:59 Habib Beye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Veli Kavlak. Andreas Dober takes the free kick.
  • 10:15 Markus Heikkinen challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gabriel Agbonlahor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:00 Effort from a long way out by Andreas Dober goes wide right of the goal.
  • 8:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu by James Collins. Stefan Hoffmann fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 8:03 The ball is delivered by Christoph Saurer, clearance made by James Collins.
  • 6:49 A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, clearance made by Ragnvald Soma.
  • 4:53 Ragnvald Soma gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Young from right channel.
  • 0:51 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Raimund Hedl.
  • 0:29 Markus Heikkinen challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Habib Beye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:01 Long distance effort on goal by Ashley Young goes wide left of the target.

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Europa Lge qualifying results

26 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

  • AA Gent2-0Feyenoord
    FT (agg 2-1)
  • AEK Athens1-1Dundee UtdFT (agg 2-1)
  • Apoel Nicosia1-1Getafe
    FT (agg 1-2)
  • Aston Villa2-3Rapid ViennaFT (agg 3-4)
  • Aust. Vienna1-1Aris Salonika
    FT (agg 1-2)
  • Brondby0-3Sporting
    FT (agg 2-3)
  • Dinamo Minsk2-3Club Bruges
    FT (agg 3-5)
  • Dinamo Zagreb2-1Gyor ETO FC
    FT (agg 4-1)
  • Dnepr Mogilev1-2Villarreal
    FT (agg 1-7)
  • Elfsborg0-2Napoli
    FT (agg 0-3)
  • FC Aktobe2-1AZ Alkmaar
    FT (agg 2-3)
  • FC Metalist Kharkiv 2-2Omonia Nicosia
    FT (agg 3-2)
  • FC Porto4-2Genk
    FT (agg 7-2)
  • FC Utrecht4-0CelticFT (agg 4-2)
  • Fenerbahce1-1PAOK Salonika
    FT (agg 1-2)
  • FK Qarabag0-1Borussia Dortmund
    FT (agg 0-5)
  • Grasshoppers1-0Steaua Bucharest
    FT (agg 1-1) Steaua Bucuresti win 4-3 on penalties
  • HJK Helsinki0-4Besiktas
    FT (agg 0-6)
  • Juventus1-0SK Sturm Graz
    FT (agg 3-1)
  • Karpaty Lviv1-1Galatasaray
    FT (agg 3-3) Karpaty Lviv win on away goals rule
  • Lech Poznan0-0Dnipro
    FT (agg 1-0)
  • Levski Sofia2-1AIK Solna
    FT (agg 2-1)
  • Lille2-0FC Vaslui
    FT (agg 2-0)
  • Litex Lovech1-2Debrecen
    FT (agg 1-4)
  • Lokomotiv Moscow1-1Lausanne Sports
    FT (agg 2-2) Lausanne Sports win 4-3 on penalties
  • Macc Tel-Aviv4-3Paris SG
    FT (agg 4-5)
  • Man City2-0FC TimisoaraFT (agg 3-0)
  • Maritimo1-2BATE Borisov
    FT (agg 1-5)
  • Motherwell0-1Odense BKFT (agg 1-3)
  • NK Maribor3-2Palermo
    FT (agg 3-5)
  • PSV Eindhoven5-0Sibir Novosibirsk
    FT (agg 5-1)
  • Tavriya Symferopol1-3Bayer Leverkusen
    FT (agg 1-6)
  • The New Saints2-2CSKA Sofia
    FT (agg 2-5)
  • Trabzonspor1-2LiverpoolFT (agg 1-3)
  • U Urziceni1-1Hajduk Split
    FT (agg 2-5)
  • VfB Stuttgart2-2Slovan Bratislava
    FT (agg 3-2)


see also
Europa League as it happened
26 Aug 10 |  Europe
MacDonald job hopes suffer blow
26 Aug 10 |  Europe
Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa
22 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Uefa may act over Guzan barrage
20 Aug 10 |  Aston Villa
Rapid Vienna 1-1 Aston Villa
19 Aug 10 |  Europe


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