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Game #4984

Aston Villa

Won

1st Round

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟩

Thursday, 18 September 2008

UEFA Cup

PFC Litex Lovech

Gradski, Lovech

Attendance: 7,000

PFC Litex Lovech

1-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

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.

KEY MAN

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

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 18 September 2008

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Carlos Cuéllar
🥅 | 10’ Goal, 0-1, (PFC Litex Lovech), Ivelin Popov
⚽ | 45’ Goal, 1-1, Nigel Reo-Coker
🕒 | HT PFC Litex Lovech 1-1 Aston Villa
🟥 | 60’ Sending off, (PFC Litex Lovech), Cédric Cambon
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
🟥 | 71’ Sending off, (PFC Litex Lovech), Mihail Venkov
⚽ | 72’ Goal, 2-1, Gareth Barry (pen)
🔁 | 74’ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Wayne Routledge
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Moustapha Salifou
🟨 | 80’ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
⚽ | 90’ Goal, 3-1, Stiliyan Petrov
🕒 | FT PFC Litex Lovech 1-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

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 Cuéllar made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Glasgow Rangers for a fee of £9,000,000 in August 2008.

Aston Villa

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

PFC Litex Lovech

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
Bulgarian Champions: 🏆🏆
Bulgarian Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2007-08

FIXTURE HISTORY

PFC Litex Lovech

Previous 5 vs. Litex: None

PREVIOUS MATCH

None

NEXT MATCH

FIXTURE DETAILS

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Christoforos Zografos | 🇬🇷 | Athens, 2004-2008
Kick off: 3.20pm
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Score: 🟩 3-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 92 | 🟩 | 35 🟨 | 32 🟥 25 | 1.49

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Christoforos Zografos | 🇬🇷 | Athens, 2004-2008
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Grigorios Panou, Afthanassios Nikolakopoulos

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

PFC Litex Lovech

🟥 🟥 🟨

TEAM NEWS

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.32 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 37.36 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.83 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
LB Nicky Shorey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Martin Laursen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 | 🟢 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🟨 | ⚽ |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Stanimir Stoilov | 🇧🇬 |

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PFC Litex Lovech

GK Uros Golubović | 🇷🇸 |
LB Dudú Paraíba | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
LB Mihail Venkov | 🇧🇬 | 🟥 |
CB Cédric Cambon | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
CB Plamen Nikolov | 🇧🇬 |
RB Stanislav Manolev | 🇧🇬 |
M Dzemal Berberović | 🇧🇦 |
M Tom | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Sandrinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Ivelin Popov | 🇧🇬 | ⚽ |
CF Wilfried Nilflore | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 68’ |
🔁 W Wayne Routledge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 74’ |
🔁 M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 | for M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 78’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Dudú Paraíba | 🇧🇷 | (CB Alexandre Barthe | 🇫🇷 |)
🔁 | M Tom | 🇧🇷 | (CF Emil Angelov | 🇧🇬 |)
🔁 | CF Wilfried Nilflore | 🇫🇷 | (M Jérémy Acédo | 🇫🇷 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Isaiah Osbourne | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Todor Todorov | 🇧🇬 |
M Momchil Tzvetanov | 🇧🇬 |
CF Kroum Bibishkov | 🇧🇬 |
CF Roberto Eduardo | 🇧🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/18
Homegrown: 5/18

SQUAD STATS

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Home Nation 🇧🇬 : 5/14

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

“It was a very sluggish start. We did the one thing we didn’t want to and gave away an early goal. “It took a long time for us to get into our stride. “But the equalising goal gave us such an advantage. That basically changed the whole impetus of the game.” Martin O'Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*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 Petrov’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 O’Neill:* “It was a very sluggish start. We did the one thing we didn’t want to and gave away an early goal. “It took a long time for us to get into our stride. “But the equalising goal gave us such an advantage. That basically changed the whole impetus of the game.”

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