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Injury-hit Villa knock out Porto

Emile Heskey (l), Steve Sidwell (c) and John crew celebrate
Heskey (left) and Sidwell (right) scored the goals as Villa beat Porto

An injury-hit Aston Villa side beat Porto 2-1 on Friday to reach Sunday's Peace Cup final against Juventus.

Goals from Emile Heskey and Steve Sidwell gave Martin O'Neill's side a strong half-time advantage.

And despite Heskey receiving a red card on 67 minutes and Porto striker Hulk scoring a late penalty, they held on.

Villa were without the injured Stiliyan Petrov and Luke Young, while James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Garner have been given extended breaks.

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New signing Stewart Downing could be out until Christmas as he is recovering from a foot injury and left-back Wilfred Bouma is battling to be fit after missing last season with a dislocated ankle.

Heskey was sent off after a confrontation with Porto defender Maicon.

The final of the pre-season tournament is in Seville.



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