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Game #4134

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 7 November 1990

Lost

2nd Round

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

UEFA Cup

Inter Milan

Attendance: 75,580

San Siro

Inter Milan

3-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

An utterly shocking refereeing performance from Aleksey Spirin hands the tie to Inter Milan despite their ability to win through without his help. There was no debate that it had happened just whether it was done intentionally or through incompetence, three decades later we still do not know.

KEY MAN

Alexei Spirin for his blatant cheating to turn the tie in Inter's favour - the truth will come out. Or was it the woeful local media for their abhorrent coverage of Villa's defeat. Either way they both failed in decency and dignity in equal measures to that which Villa succeeded. Shame on them.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 7 November 1990

๐Ÿฅ… | 6โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Inter Milan), Jรผrgen Klinsmann
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Inter Milan 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 61โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Inter Milan), Nicola Berti
๐Ÿฅ… | 73โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Inter Milan), Alessandro Bianchi
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Derek Mountfield, Sub on, Ian Olney
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Inter Milan 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

One of the most controversial games in Villaโ€™s history, heading into the 2nd leg Villa held a 2-0 lead and victory, while not assured, was certainly a strong possibility.

The game however would not play out that way and a controversial refereeing performance - including allowing an Inter Milan goal despite the cross having clearly been delivered from a position out of play - saw Villa harshly penalised throughout and Inter the beneficiaries of the refereeโ€™s largesse.

Such were the scale of the โ€˜errorsโ€™ by the officials on the night that still today there are real suspicions as to whether something altogether more sinister was going on.

Internazionale would go on to win the UEFA Cup.

Undeservedly then, Jozef Vengloลกโ€™ Villa were dumped out of the UEFA cup and had now lost twice in as many games.

This demoralising defeat acted almost as a watershed moment for Vengloลกโ€™ Villa as their strong start to the season - losing only twice in fourteen games and winning nine - gave way to relegation form and a tumble down the table.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1990-91 |
Matchday | #18 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Wednesday, 7 November 1990

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Ruลพomberok, 1990-1991
Referee: Alexey Spirin | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ | Ruzayevka, 1987โ€“1992
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 18 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 9 ๐ŸŸจ | 4 ๐ŸŸฅ 5 | 1.72

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alexey Spirin | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ | Ruzayevka, 1987โ€“1992 ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 1
๐ŸŸฉ : 0
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ Simply the worst refereeing performance ever witnessed
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Inter Milan

None

TEAM NEWS

Stuart Gray replaces Bernie Gallacher.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.83 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.27 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.07 |

MANAGER

Jozef Vengloลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

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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 Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Kent Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Stuart Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Cascarino | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

MANAGER

Giovanni Trapattoni | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

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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 | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fausto Pizzi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Lothar Matthรคus | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Nicola Berti | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Alessandro Bianchi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |
CF Aldo Serena | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Jรผrgen Klinsmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” CF Ian Olney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Sergio Battistini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | (RB Antonio Paganin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | M Nicola Berti | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | (M Andrea Mandorlini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Lee Butler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Blake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ian Ormondroyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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

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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 : 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 : 14/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น : 13/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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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:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"That was an expensive experience, but one our players have to undergo. โ€When the draw was made we knew were playing against one of the best teams in the world. They are all great players. "In my opinion the third goal was completely offside. โ€œBut that is up to the referee and donโ€™t want say anything more about it.โ€ Jozef Vengloลก "That is one of the best matches of my career. โ€œTo turn round a 2-0 deficit is very difficult and Iโ€™m very proud. โ€œBut Aston Villa proved they are very good side." Giovanni Trapattoni. "I don't know if the ball was over the line. โ€œI wasn't sure if it was half out or completely out. โ€œIt's got be entirely out.โ€ Fausto Pizzi. "It was out. There's no doubt about it in my mind. I couldn't believe it when the referee waved play on." Paul McGrath. โ€œWe played very well at Villa Park, we lifted ourselves but the tables were turned here. โ€œTheir second goal was a disputed free kick. โ€œTheir third goal โ€ฆ I donโ€™t know if someone was offside to the ball was out of play." David Platt. Meanwhile the Birmingham Evening Mail disgrace themselves with this diatribe of nonsense that takes some believing that it was allowed to pass any sort of editorial standard: โ€œDon't whinge about defeat โ€œTHE camera did not lie but surely Aston Villa will not fool themselves into believing they were cheated out of the UEFA Cup competition. โ€œNo matter how incensed supporters may be about one blatantly incorrect decision and another even more critical in the context of the game that was dubious, the only serious complaint should be about Villa's second half performance. โ€œBleats about Alexei Spirin's refereeing are pointless. โ€œThey alter nothing but the accuser's choleric. โ€œWe don't want to be whingeing Brummies, do we?

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