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Game #4493

Tuesday, 25 November 1997

Attendance: 24,000

Lost

UEFA Cup 3rd Round

3rd Round

Steaua Bucureศ™ti

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Stadionul Steaua

Villa lose an away leg in the UEFA Cup for the first time this season as they take a one goal deficit, but a crucial away goal, into the upcoming home game with Steaua Bucureศ™ti.

Steaua Bucharest

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Dwight Yorke, lifeline

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 29โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Steaua Bucureศ™ti), Michael Oakes o.g.
๐Ÿฅ… | 32โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Steaua Bucureศ™ti), Cristian Ciocoiu
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Steaua Bucureศ™ti 2-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 54โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Fernando Nรฉlson, Sub on, Gary Charles
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Steaua Bucureศ™ti 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

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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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Steaua Bucureศ™ti

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
Liga 1 Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Cupa Romรขniei Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1996-97

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Steaua: None

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #21 |
Manager Game | #147 |
Tuesday, 25 November 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: ฤฝuboลก Micheฤพ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Stropkov, 1993โ€“2008
Kick off: 6.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: ฤฝuboลก Micheฤพ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Stropkov, 1993โ€“2008
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Steaua Bucureศ™ti

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ian Taylor replaces Gary Charles.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.04 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.50 |

Youngest Player
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.47 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Mihai Stoichiลฃฤƒ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |

Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Steaua Bucureศ™ti

GK Zoltan Ritli | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Iulian Miu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Valeriu Rฤƒchitฤƒ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Tiberiu Csik | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Iosif Rotariu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Laurentiu Reghecampf | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Catalin Munteanu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Damian Militaru | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Erik Lincar | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Cristian Ciocoiu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marius LฤƒcฤƒtuลŸ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 69โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Erik Lincar | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | (CF Lavi Hrib | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Cristian Ciocoiu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | (CF Marius Luca | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marius LฤƒcฤƒtuลŸ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | (M Narcis Raducan | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Daniel Gherasim | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Marius Baciu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Ciprian Mozacu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Dennis Serban | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |

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 : 7/11

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 : 13/17

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด : 18/18

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

โ€œIf the third goal had gone in when their shot hit the bar early in the second half then we would have been looking at an absolute mountain to climb.

โ€œNot many sides come back from-3-0.

โ€œThat has got to go down as one of the most' important goals I haveโ€™ scored -- if not the most important in the context of when it arrived."

Dwight Yorke.

*The Irish Independent*
Wednesday, 26 November 1997

Yorke goal provides a lifeline for Villa

DWIGHT YORKE gave Aston Villa a UEFA Cup lifeline to leave his side with only a single-goal deficit to make up in the return third-round encounter with Steaua Bucharest in a fortnight's time.

Villa looked to be heading for the exit doors in the competition after Cristian Ciocoiu had struck twice in quick succession, the first off the back of Michael Oakes' head, before the interval.

Manager Brian Little seemed doomed to spend his 44th birthday on the third anniversary of him taking over the Villa Park hot seat on the end of a resounding defeat.

At that stage his side appeared to be in total disarray and, had Catalin Munteanu's effort gone in rather than hitting the crossbar early in the second half, then the floodgates may well have opened.

But Yorke left Villa needing only a 1-0 victory to book their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in 20 years.

It was sweet revenge for Yorke. who had been the subject of racist taunts along with Villa's other black players when they had inspected the stadium 24 hours earlier.

After his meekly taken header Villa gradually regained their composure with Mark Draper outstanding as they re-established a grip on proceedings in the centre of the park.

Although Damian Militaru flashed a free kick just over the bar. Villa appeared to be taking the sting out of the Romanians and they should have taken the lead in the 17th minute through Mark Draper. who shot wide.

Oakes was left cursing his luck as Ciocoiu grabbed the first of his two goals inside two minutes to leave Villa with that mountain to climb.

Bucharest broke with lightning speed after the out-of-sorts Stan Collymore. sporting a new pair of ยฃ2,500 boots, had lost possession in the centre of the pitch.

Munteanu fed the ball out to Lacatus and his pin-point cross picked out Ciocoiu at the far post. His volley rattled against the post but the rebound hit Oakes on the back and crossed the line.

If Lady Luck had been against Villa on that occasion. they could have no complaints when Ciocoiu added the second Bucharest goal in the 32nd minute. A cross from the right by Rotariu picked out Ciocoiu and in spectacular fashion he sent an overhead kick from around 12 yards out flying past Oakes.

Bucharest continued in the same vein after the start of the second period but the pendulum swung back Villa's way in the space of 60 action-packed seconds, when they could have gone 3-0 behind but instead halved the deficit.

Munteanu was left cursing his luck when his effort from close range rattled against thy underside of the bar and rebounded to safety after one-two with Militaru had taken him clear.

But Villa gave themselves a huge lifeline within 60 seconds. Collymore and Wright engineered space for Milosevic on the left flank and he had time to send in a pin-point centre which Yorke sent into the corner of the net via a glancing header.