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Game #3479

Wednesday, 1 March 1978

Attendance: 49,619

Drew

UEFA Cup Quarter Final

Quarter Final

Barcelona

LWWLD

Villa Park

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.

Aston Villa

2-2

FC Barcelona

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

KEY MAN

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

1โ€™ Debut, David Evans
20โ€™ Goal, 1-0, (Barcelona), John Cruyff
HT Aston Villa 0-1 Barcelona
63โ€™ Sub off, David Evans, Sub on, Allan Evans DEBUT
80โ€™ Goal, 2-0, (Barcelona), Zuviria
85โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Ken McNaught, Assist by Gordon Smith
88โ€™ Goal, 2-2, John Deehan, Assist by Allan Evans
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

Barcelona

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
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

Previous 5 vs. Barcelona: None

FIXTURE DETAILS

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Ron Saunders |
Referee | Cรฉsar Correia, Portugal |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 2-2 |
Last 5 Games | LWWLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Cรฉsar Correia | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards:

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 | 30.07 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 19.36 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer |
D David Evans |
CB Ken McNaught |
FB Gordon Smith |
M John Gregory |
M Leighton Phillips |
M Gordon Cowans |
M Dennis Mortimer |
W Frank Carrodus |
F Brian Little |
F John Deehan |

Barcelona

Artola, Ramos, Migueli, De la Cruz, Rexach, Olmo, Cruyff (g) (Macizo), Coastas (Juanjo), Asensi, Zuvirรญa (g), Fortes. Manager: Rinus Michels.

SUBSTITUTES

CB Allan Evans for D David Evans | 63' |

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jake Findlay |
CB Charlie Young |
FB Mick Buttress |
M Ivor Linton |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
John Robson |
Alex Cropley |
Andy Gray |
John Gidman |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY 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.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Thursday, 2 March 1978