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Game #4984

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Attendance: 7,000


UEFA Cup 1st Round

1st Round

PFC Litex Lovech

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Gradski, Lovech

Villa travel to Bulgaria for the UEFA Cup first round and open up a commanding lead as Reo-Coker scores for the second game in succession.

PFC Litex Lovech


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Nigel Reo-Coker makes it two in two as Villa come from behind to win in Bulgaria, Thursday, 18 September 2008.



๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Carlos Cuรฉllar
๐Ÿฅ… | 10โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (PFC Litex Lovech), Ivelin Popov
โšฝ | 45โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ•’ | HT PFC Litex Lovech 1-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸฅ | 60โ€™ Sending off, (PFC Litex Lovech), Cรฉdric Cambon
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
๐ŸŸฅ | 71โ€™ Sending off, (PFC Litex Lovech), Mihail Venkov
โšฝ | 72โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Gareth Barry (pen)
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Wayne Routledge
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Moustapha Salifou
๐ŸŸจ | 80โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
โšฝ | 90โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | FT PFC Litex Lovech 1-3 Aston Villa


Martin O'Neill changes policy and names a broadly representative side for the UEFA Cup. Gareth Barry makes his 400th appearance for Villa as they beat nine men opponents to take three away goals into the second leg. Meanwhile, centre back Carlos Cuรฉllar made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Glasgow Rangers for a fee of ยฃ9,000,000 in August 2008.

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

PFC Litex Lovech

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
Bulgarian Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Bulgarian Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2007-08


Previous 5 vs. Litex: None


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #9 |
Manager Game | #92 |
Thursday, 18 September 2008


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Christoforos Zografos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Athens, 2004-2008
Kick off: 3.20pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Christoforos Zografos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Athens, 2004-2008
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Grigorios Panou, Afthanassios Nikolakopoulos




PFC Litex Lovech

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


Craig Gardner, James Milner (first start) and Carlos Cuรฉllar replace Curtis Davies, John Carew and Ashley Young.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.32 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.36 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.83 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Stanimir Stoilov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸข |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

PFC Litex Lovech

GK Uros Goluboviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Dudรบ Paraรญba | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Mihail Venkov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Cรฉdric Cambon | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Plamen Nikolov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Stanislav Manolev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Dzemal Berberoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Tom | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Sandrinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Ivelin Popov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | โšฝ |
CF Wilfried Nilflore | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Wayne Routledge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Dudรบ Paraรญba | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (CB Alexandre Barthe | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Tom | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Emil Angelov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Wilfried Nilflore | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jรฉrรฉmy Acรฉdo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Todor Todorov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Momchil Tzvetanov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CF Kroum Bibishkov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CF Roberto Eduardo | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |


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
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 5/18



Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ : 5/14



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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โ€œIt was a very sluggish start. We did the one thing we didnโ€™t want to and gave away an early goal.

โ€œIt took a long time for us to get into our stride.

โ€œBut the equalising goal gave us such an advantage. That basically changed the whole impetus of the game.โ€

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Thursday, 18 September 2008

*Aston Villa came from behind to beat nine-man Litex Lovech in the Uefa Cup.*

Litex shocked the visitors when Ivelin Popov curled in a free-kick but keeper Uros Golubovic gifted Villa a leveller.

Golubovic missed an attempted clearance and Nigel Reo-Coker slotted in before Cedric Cambon was sent-off for the home side for two bookable offences.

Mihail Venkov was then red-carded for handball and Gareth Barry, on his 400th Villa outing, scored from the spot before Stiliyan Petrovโ€™s late goal.

The win flattered a Villa side who found the going tough in Bulgaria.

They had made a lethargic start that gave their hosts extra encouragement and Litex took advantage by going ahead after 10 minutes.

Reo-Coker conceded a dubious free-kick just outside the Villa area and Popov curled a shot past Friedel, who appeared to have been put off by Stanislav Manolev jumping to head the ball.

The goal gave Litex even more belief and, unlike their opponents, they displayed purpose and energy going forward.

The visitors opted for a five-man midfield with winger Ashley Young and towering forward John Carew out injured, but lone striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was an isolated presence up front.

Barry did head in a James Milner cross for the visitors only for his effort to be ruled out for offside before Villa survived a massive scare.

Wilfried Niflore was put through on goal and he rounded Friedel but - with the angle against him - he shot into the side-netting.

It proved a vital miss as Litex keeper Golubovic immediately gifted Villa a leveller by kicking thin air rather than the ball on the edge of his area and leaving Reo-Coker to slot in.

The equaliser was more than Villa deserved and Litex did not help their cause in the second half when Cambon hauled down Agbonlahor for a second yellow card.

Venkov soon followed as he blatantly swatted the ball off the line after unconvincing keeper Golubovic failed to punch away a cross.

Barry confidently slotted in the resultant penalty and Villa then had little trouble to secure the win.

Petrov gave the scoreline a more emphatic look when he scored at the second attempt after his initial shot had been saved.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a very sluggish start. We did the one thing we didnโ€™t want to and gave away an early goal.

โ€œIt took a long time for us to get into our stride.

โ€œBut the equalising goal gave us such an advantage. That basically changed the whole impetus of the game.โ€