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Game #4678

Aston Villa

Won

1st Round

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟩 🟩

Thursday, 27 September 2001

UEFA Cup

Varteks Varaždin

Gradski, Lovech

Attendance: 12,100

Varteks Varaždin

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa secure a last minute away win in Croatia but it is not enough as Varteks win on away goals and Villa are knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the first round.

KEY MAN

Mustapha Hadji, stoppage time consolation

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 27 September 2001

🕒 | HT Varteks Varaždin 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Boško Balaban, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
🔁 | 49’ Sub off, Olof Mellberg (injury), Sub on, Steve Stone
🔁 | 63’ Sub off, Hassan Kachloul, Sub on, Dion Dublin
🟨 | 84’ Booking, David Ginola
⚽ | 90’+2 Goal, 1-0, Mustapha Hadji
🟨 | 90’+5 Booking, George Boateng
🕒 | FT Varteks Varaždin 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Despite Mustapha Hadji's injury time winner Villa are knocked out of the UEFA Cup on the away goals rule.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Varteks Varaždin

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
Croatian Champions: ❌
Croatian Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Varteks Varaždin

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #13 |
Manager Game | #169 |
Thursday, 27 September 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz | 🇩🇰 | Viborg, 1999–2010
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Aggregate Score: 🟨 3-3
🟥 Varteks Varaždin win on Away goals
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 168 | 🟩 | 75 🟨 | 45 🟥 48 | 1.61

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz | 🇩🇰 | Viborg, 1999–2010
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨

Varteks Varaždin

🟨

TEAM NEWS

Villa recall David Ginola and hand a first start to Boško Balaban as Dion Dublin and Juan Pablo Ángel drop out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.40 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | 🇩🇰 | 37.88 |

Youngest Player |
F Boško Balaban | 🇭🇷 | 22.97 |

MANAGER

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | 🇩🇰 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 | 🔁 |
CB Alpay Özalan | 🇹🇷 |
RB Mark Delaney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M George Boateng | 🇳🇱 | 🟨 |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Hassan Kachloul | 🇲🇦 | 🔁 |
M Mustapha Hadji | 🇲🇦 | ⚽ |
W David Ginola | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
F Boško Balaban | 🇭🇷 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Branko Janžek | 🇭🇷 |

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Varteks Varaždin

GK Danijel Mađarić | 🇭🇷 |
LB Danijel Hrman | 🇭🇷 | 🔁 |
CB Matjia Kristić | 🇭🇷 |
CB Zoran Kastel | 🇭🇷 |
RB Goran Granić | 🇭🇷 |
M Miljenko Mumlek | 🇭🇷 | 🔁 |
M Denis Mukaj | 🇦🇱 |
M Ivan Režić | 🇭🇷 |
W Silvester Sabolčki | 🇭🇷 |
CF Veldin Karic | 🇭🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Sasa Bjelanovic | 🇭🇷 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | for F Boško Balaban | 🇭🇷 | 46’ |
🔁 M Steve Stone | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 | 49’ |
🔁 CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Hassan Kachloul | 🇲🇦 | 63’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Danijel Hrman | 🇭🇷 | (CB Antun Andričević | 🇭🇷 |)
🔁 | M Miljenko Mumlek | 🇭🇷 | (LB Andrija Balajić | 🇭🇷 |)
🔁 | CF Veldin Karic | 🇭🇷 | (CF Oskar Drobne | 🇸🇮 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Zeljko Rumbak | 🇭🇷 |
D Goran Borovic | 🇭🇷 |
M Hrvoje Sklepic | 🇭🇷 |
M Nikola Safaric | 🇭🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/18
Homegrown: 4/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🇭🇷 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🇭🇷 : 16/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“We got what we came for, an away victory, but it was not a big enough margin.” John Gregory.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Thursday, 27 September, 2001

*Villa leave it too late* Aston Villa slipped quietly out of the Uefa Cup after taking more than 90 minutes to make an impression in Croatia. Mustapha Hadji curled home a superb stoppage time shot to seal Villa victory on the night, but that was no consolation to John Gregory after a lame performance by his side. Villa needed to score at least twice to overturn Varteks’ shock first-leg lead but rarely looked like breaking their hosts down before Hadji’s late strike. Even a five minute injury-time period was not enough for Villa, who had survived the marathon of the InterToto Cup to reach this stage. Gregory had been positive enough in his team selection, David Ginola restored to the starting line-up and summer signing Bosko Balaban handed a full debut in his homeland. Dion Dublin and Juan Pablo Angel were both on the bench, ready to provide Gregory with more options in his search for goals. They did not come - and the first-leg shambles that saw Villa surrender meakly rarely looked like being banished to memory. In fact, it was the Croatians who looked the more dangerous on the counter-attack, with Veldin Karic looking menacing. Varteks’ first-leg hero Sasa Bjelanovic got on the end of a corner from Miljenko Mumlek but he directed his header off target. Then a low centre from Mukaj was only inches away from finding the onrushing Bjelanovic. Villa may have one of the strongest defences in the Premiership but for the second time in a week they were given plenty to think about by the Croatians. John Gregory looked far from happy with his side’s performance in the opening 45 minutes and the interval arrived with home keeper Danijel Madaric not having made a single save. Villa’s problems got worse in injury time when central defender Olaf Mellberg was stretchered off with an ankle injury and replaced by Steve Stone. That forced Villa into a defensive reshuffle with Stone moving to right back and Delaney into the centre of the back four. Gregory also decided on a change up front with Angel replacing Balaban, who had made little impression in the opening 45 minutes, but Villa still rarely threatened. Madaric made his first save after 50 minutes when he held on to a rising effort from Hadji, then Lee Hendrie was just off target with a rising drive. Villa finally enjoyed a spell of pressure as the game wore on, culminating in a superb Hadji strike as the game moved into stoppage time. But it was too little too late for Villa, who have battled long and hard in this competition, only to fall at the first hurdle.

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