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Game #5032

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Attendance: 17,800


Europa League Play Off

Play Off

SK Rapid Wien

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Gerhard Hanappi Stadion, Vienna

Martin O'Neill fields another weakened team in Europe and the inevitable happens once again. Villa make it successive defeats to open 2009-10 as they fall to Rapid in Vienna as Nikica Jelaviฤ‡ scores his first but definitely not his last goal against Villa after 40 seconds to give his side a narrow advantage ahead of the second leg.

SK Rapid Wien


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Martin O'Neill's policy of resting players backfires again, Thursday, 20 August 2009.



๐Ÿฅ… | 1โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (SK Rapid Wien), 40 seconds, Nikica Jelavic
๐ŸŸจ | 41โ€™ Booking, Steve Sidwell
๐Ÿ•’ | HT SK Rapid Wien 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 55โ€™ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Curtis Davies, Sub on, Shane Lowry ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ•’ | FT SK Rapid Wien 1-0 Aston Villa


Villa's disappointing start to the campaign continued after conceding a 41 second goal in Austria to lose their second game in succession. It was a happier occasion for defender Shane Lowry however as he made his Villa debut aged 20 after joining from ECU Joondalup in Australia in February 2005 at the age of 15.

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

SK Rapid Wien

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


Previous 5 vs. Rapid: None


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #2 |
Manager Game | #140 |
Thursday, 20 August 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | Bucharest, 2001-2016
Kick off: 6.15pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด | Bucharest, 2001-2016
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Cristian Nica, Aurel Oniลฃฤƒ




SK Rapid Wien



Steve Sidwell, Brad Guzan, Nigel Reo-Coker and Craig Gardner replace Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stiliyan Petrov, Fabian Delph and Brad Friedel as Martin O'Neill makes four changes for the UEFA Cup.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.61 |

Oldest Player |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | 32.61 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.75 |


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Peter Pacult | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SK Rapid Wien

GK Helge Payer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Jรผrgen Patocka | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Milan Jovanoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Markus Katzer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Andreas Dober | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Markus Heikkinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Steffen Hofmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Christopher Drazan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
M Yasin Pehlivan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Mario Konrad | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Nikica Jelaviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 55โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | for CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Christopher Drazan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | (M Branko Boลกkoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Mario Konrad | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | (RB Christopher Trimmel | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |)


GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Raimund Hedl | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Hannes Eder | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Ragnvald Soma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Stefan Kulovits | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Christian Thonhofer | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |


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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น : 8/13



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€œWe gave a really good response when we went behind,โ€ Martin O'Neill.

*The Daily Telegraph*
Thursday, 20 August 2009

Aston Villa gauged their success last season in large part by qualification to the Europa League, but the chances of their making it even as far as the group stages this time around was thrown into doubt on Thursday night after they lost their first leg of the final stages of qualifying against Rapid Vienna.

It leaves them nought for two this season, and with what Martin Oโ€™Neill understatedly described as โ€œa big gameโ€ to look forward to at Villa Park in six days time.

The Villa manager had promised changes from the side that started and played so poorly against Wigan at the weekend, and he made four in total, exchanging his captain Stiliyan Petrov with Nigel Reo-Coker being the most significant. He tinkered with the formation too, Villa playing five across the midfield for the first time since February. Ultimately, they were changes that backfired.

This was not a night to be a Villa supporter, crowbarred into the corner of a packed-out Gerhard Hanappi stadium. Armed with loudhailers, microphones and never-ending enthusiasm, bare-chested supporters who had taken it upon themselves to MC for the night whipped their fellow fans into a ferment. The travelling supporters - less than 300 of them - didnโ€™t stand a chance.

In fact, they spent most of the opening 15 minutes with their hands held in front of their eyes, ostensibly shading themselves from the sun which was sinking behind the stadium, although it could just as easily have been because they didnโ€™t want to see what was happening before them.

They wouldnโ€™t have believed their eyes anyway, not when Rapid scored in under a minute. Christopher Drazan crossed from the left, Curtis Davies slipped - so cruel - and Nikica Jelavic was left in the middle of the penalty area with a free header to guide past a gawping Brad Guzan. Villa hadnโ€™t touched the ball. Only 16 seconds had elapsed. They donโ€™t call them Rapid for nothing.

Oโ€™Neill had accused his side of lacking fight at the weekend, and so this was the perfect opportunity to show their manager that they are not lacking in desire, for Reo-Coker to play the captaincy card and get his team-mates going. With their game-plan in tatters, off they tore in lung-bursting runs, bursting to eradicate the embarrassment. Ashley Young gave James Milner a tongue-lashing for not being quicker, more aggressive. โ€œWe gave a really good response when we went behind,โ€ Oโ€™Neill said.

The only problem was that it had little effect. The passing in midfield was often poor, while defensively Habib Beye was done over by Drazan too often to credit, and even though the former Newcastle right-back received some words of wisdom from Guzan as they walked off the pitch at the break, he went missing again with a little over 20 minutes to go, and Guzan did well to save a low effort from the excellent Drazan.

The target had always been to score an away goal. Emile Heskey had a successful pre-season, turning into something of a goal machine out in Spain, but his new-found talent was not on show last night. It wasnโ€™t until the 63rd minute that those unhappy Villa supporters saw their first moment of inspiration, as Young swivelled, and sent a left-footed cross fizzing into the area, but Daviesโ€™ header went over.

Time slipped by without any more chances, then the notorious Rapidviertelstunde began, the home fans marking the final 15 minutes of the match with resounding, rhythmic clapping that shook the stadium as it has done for near on 90 years. Villa, like their supporters, were drowned out. Even so, they are not yet down and out.