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Game #3479

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 1 March 1978

Drew

Quarter Final

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

UEFA Cup

Barcelona

Attendance: 49,619

Villa Park

Aston Villa

2-2

FC Barcelona

Assist(s) | Gordon Smith | 85' | Allan Evans | 88' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Barcelona, for all their talent, body check and foul their way to a two goal lead but their rugged tactics backfire as Villa hit two goals in the last five minutes to draw the tie and Barcelonaโ€™s bleating and deeply hypocritical appeals for a foul on the โ€˜keeper for John Deehanโ€™s equaliser are rightly met with short shrift from the referee.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 1 March 1978

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, David Evans
๐Ÿฅ… | 20โ€™ Goal, 1-0, (Barcelona), John Cruyff
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Barcelona
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, David Evans, Sub on, Allan Evans ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿฅ… | 78โ€™ Goal, 2-0, (Barcelona), Zuviria
โšฝ | 85โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Ken McNaught, Assist by Gordon Smith
โšฝ | 88โ€™ Goal, 2-2, John Deehan, Assist by Allan Evans
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Barcelona

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa score two late goals to draw the UEFA Cup quarter final first leg against Barcelona ahead of a tough return match at the Camp Nou. Meanwhile, Saunders hands debuts to defender David Evans, 19, who joined from West Bromwich Schools in July 1974 and centre back Allan Evans, 21, after his move from Dunfermline Athletic for a fee of ยฃ30,000 in May 1977.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1976-77

Barcelona

La Liga Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Copa del Rey Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1978-79

FIXTURE HISTORY

Barcelona

Previous 5 vs. Barcelona: None
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #38 |
Manager Game | #197 |
Wednesday, 1 March 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Cรฉsar Correia | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Sรฃo Brรกs de Alportel, 1973-1981 ๐Ÿ†˜
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 197 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 93 ๐ŸŸจ | 50 ๐ŸŸฅ 54 | 1.67

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Cรฉsar Correia | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Sรฃo Brรกs de Alportel, 1973-1981
Matches Officiated: 1
๐ŸŸฉ : 0
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ Barcelona's win at all costs attitude saw no clamp down on the body checks and trips throughout the game.
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Barcelona

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders hands a surprise debut to David Evans and recalls John Gregory with John Gidman and Tommy Craig dropping out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.35 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.07 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.36 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D David Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Ken McNaught | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
FB Gordon Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F John Deehan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Rinus Michels | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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Barcelona

GK Pello Artola | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Pepito Ramos | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Migueli | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Antonio Olmo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Toรฑo de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Johan Cruyff | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Quique Costas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Juan Manuel Asensi | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Carles Rexach | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Rafael Zuvirรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
W Paco Fortes | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for D David Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 61' |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Johan Cruyff | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (M Josรฉ Macizo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Quique Costas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (CB Juanjo Enrรญquez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jake Findlay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Charlie Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB Mick Buttress | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ivor Linton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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Not Recorded

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 16/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ : 9/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ : 11/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 4 |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alex Cropley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข D David Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐ŸŸข CB Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"It is important to me that I give the English public something to remember me by. "I cannot imagine the Aston Villa game being more difficult than the game against Ipswich. But if the score against us is more than 3-0 it will he impossible. "The Spanish players like playing against foreign opposition. โ€œIt gives them a better chance to express themselves and show their skills. โ€œAston Villa have built up a reputation in Spain. โ€œThey are now very well known by the Spanish people after their victory over Athletic Bilbao. โ€œThey have got a lot of respect now." Johan Cruyff.

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