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Game #4130

Wednesday, 24 October 1990

Attendance: 36,461

Won

UEFA Cup 2nd Round

2nd Round

Inter Milan

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win in what is described as "arguably the best performance an English club side has ever produced in Europe." as the appointment of Jozef Vengloลก continues to pay dividends.

Aston Villa

2-0

Inter Milan

Assist(s) | Tony Cascarino | 15' | Gordon Cowans | 67' |

KEY MAN

Kent Nielsen, the most important goal of his life.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 15โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Kent Nielsen, Assist by Tony Cascarino
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Inter Milan
โšฝ | 67โ€™ Goal, 2-0, David Platt, Assist by Gordon Cowans
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Inter Milan

ON THIS DAY

Jozef Vengloลก' Villa put on one of the great Jozef Vengloลก' Villa European nights - a setting for which these games were seemingly made.

A stunning victory over Italian giants Inter Milan in the 1st leg left Villaโ€™s prospects for progression looking very promising.

Villa were now unbeaten in the last five and had now lost just once in eleven games under Jozef Vengloลก winning eight.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Inter Milan

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Serie A Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Coppa Italia Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1988-89

FIXTURE HISTORY

Inter Milan

Previous 5 vs. Inter: None

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1990-91 |
Matchday | #14 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Wednesday, 24 October 1990

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Ruลพomberok, 1990-1991
Referee: Lajos Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ | Hungary, 1984 - 1991
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lajos Nรฉmeth | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ | Hungary, 1984 - 1991 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Inter Milan

None

Lajos Nรฉmeth

TEAM NEWS

Paul Birch replaces Ian Ormondroyd.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.01 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.23 |

Youngest Player |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.24 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

Giovanni Trapattoni | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Chris Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kent Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | โšฝ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stuart Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Cascarino | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Inter Milan

GK Walter Zenga | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Andreas Brehme | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Riccardo Ferri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Giuseppe Bergomi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Sergio Battistini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Paolo Stringara | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Fausto Pizzi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lothar Matthรคus | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Nicola Berti | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Aldo Serena | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Jรผrgen Klinsmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Fausto Pizzi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | (M Andrea Mandorlini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Lee Butler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Blake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ian Olney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Ian Ormondroyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Astutillo Malgioglio | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Antonio Paganin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Giuseppe Baresi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Giuseppe Marino | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

SQUAD STATS

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 : 9/11

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 : 13/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น : 13/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

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 think it proves that everybody in Europe has to have respect for English soccer again."

"David Platt has showed again that he is World class player.

โ€œBut we had other players out there who showed that they are top performers as well.

"I am proud to be manager of Aston Villa.

โ€œWe have excellent players and it showed tonight.

"But. although we have a two goal advantage I would not say it makes us favourites to go through.

"We will have to repeat the performance in San Siro and it will not be easy."

Jozef Vengloลก.



"Europe has been mutilated by the absence of English sides.

โ€œlt will be a different game [the San Siro return leg].

โ€œWe have paid the penalty tonight. But we will be be back and Villa will find it much harder.

"I thought there were occasions when we should have scored tonight and punished Villa. But it was not to be.

โ€œIt was a very exciting game. David Platt and Tony Daley caused us problems.

"It was superb to be playing against an English club side again and to see the improvement in English football.โ€

Giovanni Trapationi.



"I don't get many goals, and most seem to come from inside the penalty area, so to score one like that was fantastic for me.

"I can't think of a more vital goal in my career.

โ€œTony Cascarino set me up but there was nothing else I could do except try the shot.

โ€œThere was nowhere to go. I saw the chance and went for it."

Kent Nielsen.



โ€œ[Lothar Matthaus] didn't get forward as we expected.

"They played as if they would be happy with a draw.

โ€œThey even substituted with a sweeper at 2-0 down.

โ€œThat speaks for Itself.

โ€œThey settled for that.โ€

Paul Birch.



"It is one of my main ambitions to break into the England team and I hope last night's match means I get some recognition.

"After that, I now feel I can play well at the highest level"

Tony Daley.



โ€œIt was a tremendous performance from everyone.

โ€œWe were the better side and deserved our victory.

โ€œWe put the frighteners on them from start to finish and got behind their defence which the didnโ€™t like.

โ€œNow we have the confidence to go to Milan and do the same thing.

Chris Price.



โ€œFor three weeks since I heard the draw I have been like a kid wanting to talk about it to everyone.

โ€œIโ€™m just delighted we played so well.

โ€œAs for my goal, well, Sid Cowans never misses one of my runs.

โ€œHe made the pass look very easy. I just had to control it and score.โ€

David Platt.



โ€œPlatt had a superb game and did everything he could have done."

"Inter will win 1-0 at San Siro but we will go through 2-1 on aggregate."

Graham Taylor.

*Aberdeen Press and Journal*
Thursday, 25 October 1990

Platt goal puts Villa in control

DAVID PLATT conjured up memories of English football's greatest European nights as Aston Villa humiliated Italian giants Inter Milan at Villa Park. Great Dane Kent Nielsen cracked the intimidating reputation of Giovanni Trapattoniโ€™s World Clip All-Stars with a thunderous opener in the 14th minute.

But it was Platt who destroyed them in the second half. He hit the bar before driving through to crack his ninth goal of the season in the 67th minute to make Villa favourites for the second leg in the famous San Siro Stadium in a fortnight.

The England midfield star was fired by the chance to avenge the biggest disappointment of his short career, and he took it mercilessly.

Faced with three of the West Germans who ended his World Cup dream in the semi-final in Turin this summer, Platt was inspired to a Titanic display that eclipsed Lothar Matthaus in midfield and drove Villa to a victory to rank alongside their triumph over Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final.

With a full hand of Italian internationals to complement their German contingent. Inter arrived with an arrogant swagger, content to let Villa run themselves out and then hit them with incisive counterattacks.

But such was the English underdogsโ€™ determination that the script was soon torn up, and Villaโ€™s biggest crowd for a decade was soon celebrating a magnificent breakthrough.

Platt had a shot blocked, but when the ball came back to Cascarino he simply rolled it into the path of centre half NIELSEN, whose searing rightfooter from 30 yards gave the record-breaking Zenga not a prayer.

With Cascarino terrorising the Italians in the air and electric heeled Winger Tony Daley hounding them down both flanks, Villa were always on top and almost grabbed a second in the 28th minute when Zenga went full length to restore his reputation to deny Daley.

Inter were stung out of their defensive frame of mind and Nigel Spink saved well from Fausto Pizzi, while German full back Andreas Brehme dipped a 20-yarder just over his bar.

But Villa knew the value of a second goal, and pursued it avidly after the break. Twice Cascarino was only a whisker away from damaging crosses, and then Platt connected with Chris Priceโ€™s header that volleyed against the top of the bar.

But in the 67th minute Villa Park went wild.

Cascarino and the busy Daley hounded the Inter defence into a poor clearance from Spinkโ€™s long goal kick, and the ball arrived with Gordon Cowans. He produced a marvellous illustration of his understanding with PLATT, chipping the ball over for the England star to beat the offside flag perfectly, and clip the ball wide of Zenga.

Zenga produced a desperate save 10 minutes from time to deny Daley the third goal which would have given Inter no way back in the second leg.

Platt said: โ€œWe came out determined to go at them. We have been excited about this game ever since the draw was made and we got the result we deserved.โ€

Asked about Daley's contribution, Platt said: โ€œAfter he watched us on Saturday Giovanni Trapattoni (the Inter coach) said he thought that Tony had played very well, and anybody with Tonyโ€™s pace is always going to cause trouble.โ€

Giovanni Trapationi praised Villa's UEFA Cup demolition job on his side last night and declared: "Europe has been mutilated by the absence of English sides."

Trapattoni warned, however, that Villa would face a sterner test in the San Siro stadium in the return leg:

โ€œIt will be a different game. We have paid the penalty tonight. But we will be be back and Villa will find it much harder.

"I thought there were occasions when we should have scored tonight and punished Villa. But it was not to be."

Trapattoni was not too dismayed with Inter's display but he was clearly impressed with Villa.

โ€It was a very exciting game. David Platt and Tony Daley caused us problems," he added.

"It was superb to be playing against an English club side again and to see the improvement in English football."

Villa boss Jozef Venglos praised his entire team:

"I think it proves that everybody in Europe has to have respect for English soccer again."

"David Platt has showed again that he is World class player.

โ€œBut we had other players out there who showed that they are top performers as well.

"I am proud to be manager of Aston Villa.

โ€œWe have excellent players and it showed tonight.

"But. although we have a two goal advantage I would not say it makes us favourites to go through.

"We will have to repeat the performance in San Siro and it will not be easy."

Kent Nielsen celebrating the most important goal of his life - a spectacular 25-yard drive which set Villa on the victory trail against Inter - said:

"I don't get many goals, and most seem to come from inside the penalty area, so to score one like that was fantastic for me.

"I can't think of a more vital goal in my career," said the Danish international.

But Nielsen also admitted that he was left with little option for his first goal of the season:

โ€œTony Cascarino set me up but there was nothing else I could do except try the shot.

โ€œThere was nowhere to go. I saw the chance and went for it."