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Game #3482

Wednesday, 15 March 1978

Attendance: 90,000

Lost

UEFA Cup Quarter Final

Quarter Final

Barcelona

LDDLL

Camp Nou

Villa fight back against the odds, as reduced to ten men half way through the first half, they take the lead at the Camp Nou but Barcelona fight back to squeeze through to the UEFA Cup semi finals 3-4 on aggregate.

FC Barcelona

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

24โ€™ Sending off, John Gidman
HT Barcelona 0-0 Aston Villa
57โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Brian Little
67โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Barcelona), Migueli
77โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Barcelona), Asensi
FT Barcelona 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa see John Gidman sent off again as they have to play nearly two thirds of the return leg at Camp Nou with ten men. Despite the setback, Villa take the lead but lose to two late Barcelona goals on the night and are knocked out of the UEFA Cup Quarter Finals on aggregate.

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: ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #41 |
Manager Game | #200 |
Wednesday, 15 March 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Ron Saunders |
Referee | DoฤŸan Babacan, Turkey |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |
Aggregate Score | 3-4 |
Last 5 Games | WLDDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: DoฤŸan Babacan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ

Barcelona

None

TEAM NEWS

John Gregory and Gordon Cowans replace Tommy Craig and Allan Evans.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.79 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 30.11 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 19.39 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders

MANAGER

Aston Villa

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

Barcelona

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

SUBSTITUTES

Not recorded

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

Not recorded

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
John Robson |
Alex Cropley |
Andy Gray |

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

"I do not agree with the sending off of John Gidman.

โ€œThe Barcelona player elbowed him and Gidman retaliated but did not make contact.

"Gidman has a lot of ability and we intended to use it in the space we knew would he free behind the left back.

โ€œBut the first time he went on a run he clashed with de la Cruz and paid the penalty.

"But I am proud of how my ten players conducted themselves on the night.

โ€œThey were all magnificent and we can look to the future with confidence. We deserve to get a draw at least."

Ron Saunders.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Thursday, 16 March 1978