Game #4756

Season | 2002-03 |

Matchday | #1 |
Manager Game | #14 |

Sunday, 21 July 2002

Intertoto Cup | 3rd Round 1st Leg | Away | FC Zürich | Letzigrund, Zurich | 4,560 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Graham Taylor | 

Referee | Florian Meyer | 
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LDWWL | 

Line Up |

GK Peter Enckelman |
FB Mark Delaney |
BOOKED | 45' |
FB Jlloyd Samuel | BOOKED | BOOKED | 85' | SENT OFF | 85' |
LB Alan Wright |
M Gareth Barry | 
SUB OFF | 81' |
M George Boateng | FINAL |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | SUB OFF | 73' |
M Steve Stone |
F Michael Boulding |
DEBUT | SUB OFF | 57' |
CF Peter Crouch |
CF Dion Dublin |

Substitutes |

M Mustapha Hadji for F Michael Boulding | 57’ | 
M Lee Hendrie for M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 73’ | 
M Hassan Kachloul for M Gareth Barry | 81’ |

Unused Substitutes |

F Stefan Moore 
M Ian Taylor
CB Liam Ridgewell
GK Stefan Postma  

Cards | 

 Yellow | Mark Delaney | 45’ |

 Yellow | Jlloyd Samuel | 85’ |

 Red | Jlloyd Samuel | 85’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.96 | 

Oldest Player | CF Dion Dublin | 33.27 |

Youngest Player | M Thomas Hitzlsperger | 20.31 |

 On this day 21 July 2002 

Midfielder George Boateng played his final game for the club aged 26 before following Gareth Southgate and Ugo Ehiogu to cash rich Middlesbrough in return for a fee of £6,210,000. Boateng played for Villa between 1999-00 and 2002-03 making 135 appearances and scoring 5 goals. Despite his premature departure Boateng would return to Villa to join the coaching staff the following decade.​

Forward Michael Boulding made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from First Division Grimsby Town on a free transfer. 

Match Report

BBC Sport

Sunday, 21 July, 2002

Villa face uphill task

Aston Villa will have a tough task to overhaul a two goal deficit after their loss to FC Zurich in the first leg of their Intertoto Cup third round tie. 


Villa were playing with a depleted side with regular first teamers Darius Vassell, Marcus Allback, Alpay, Bosko Balaban, Steve Staunton and Olof Mellberg missing. 
 

And despite a bright start they fell behind to a Alhassane Keita first-half shot. 
 

Ursal Yasar put FC Zurich two up after 83 minutes but was sent-off for his goal celebrations which earned him a second bookable offence. 
 

Villa’s extra-man advantage did not last long as defender Jlloyd Samuel was dismissed a minute later. 


Samuel was playing in a makeshift defence with striker Dion Dublin and was red-carded for a second bookable offence. 
 

Keita’s 32nd minute opener for the Swiss side came against the run of play and after Villa had hit the woodwork of the Zurich goal. 
 

Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger seized on a loose clearance and struck a powerful 15-yard shot only for it to hit the crossbar. 
 

Zurich’s first goal came at the expense of an error at the back by the visitors. 
 

David Pallas’ 32nd minute cross eluded everyone except Keita who fired a low shot into the corner of the net. 
 

Yasar’s goal came late in the game to leave Villa with an uphil struggle in the return leg even if their star players return. 
 

*Teams:* 
 

*FC Zurich:* Konig, Nef, Hellinga, Keller, Taroni, Fischer, Yasar, Akale Kanga, Quentin, Keita, Pallas. Subs: Taini, Schneider, Gygax, Raimondi, Tarek Chihab, Iodice, Jeannerel. 
 

*Aston Villa:* Enckelman, Delaney, Wright, Boateng, Dublin, Barry, Crouch, Stone, Boulding, Samuel, Hitzlsperger. Subs: Postma, Moore, Taylor, Ridgewell, Hendrie, Kachloul, Hadji. 
 

*Referee:* Florian Meyer (Braunschweig).