Game #5171

2011-12

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Position:

Final

Asia Trophy Final

Chelsea

Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Attendance: 38,911

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Alex McLeish's Villa lose in the final of the short-lived Barclays Asia Trophy before the real games start in a fortnight's time.

Aston Villa

0-2

Chelsea

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5171

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #2 |
Manager Game | #2 |
Saturday, 30 July 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 6.00pm |
Referee | Mike Dean, Wirral |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DWWWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mike Dean

Villa

Not recorded

Chelsea

Not recorded

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.51 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 35.30 |

Youngest Player |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 20.50 |

TEAM NEWS

Stephen Ireland (first appearance in 15 following his loan), Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso and Fabian Delph replace Jean Makoun, Darren Bent, Emile Heskey and Barry Bannan.

UNAVAILABLE

None

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
RB Luke Young |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Stephen Ireland |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Fabian Delph |
W Marc Albrighton |
F Nathan Delfouneso |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

SUBSTITUTES

F Darren Bent for M Stephen Ireland | 62’ |
M Barry Bannan for F Nathan Delfouneso | 62’ |
M Gary Gardner for M Stiliyan Petrov | 74’ |
M Jean Makoun for M Fabian Delph | 75’ |
CB Ciaran Clark for CB Richard Dunne | 82’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
GK Andy Marshall
RB Habib Beye
M Jonathan Hogg
M Chris Herd
RB Shane Lowry

THE OPPOSITION

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Gary Gardner made his debut aged 19 after coming through the Villa youth team ranks.

Barry Bannan fights but Villa lose for the first time under Alex McLeish in the meaningless Hong Kong tournament, Saturday, 30 July 2011.

Source: avfc.co.uk/news/2011/07/30/villa-in-hong-kong-report-mcleishs-men-fall-in-final-to-chelsea/

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Source: avfc.co.uk/news/2011/07/30/villa-in-hong-kong-report-mcleishs-men-fall-in-final-to-chelsea/

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), 36 seconds
HT Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea
59’ Goal, 0-2, (Chelsea)
62’ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Darren Bent
62’ Sub off, Nathan Delfouneso, Sub on, Barry Bannan
Booking, Marc Albrighton
Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
74’ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Gary Gardner DEBUT
75’ Sub off, Jean Makoun, Sub on, Fabian Delph
82’ Sub off, Richard Dunne, Sub on, Ciaran Clark
FT Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*The Guardian*
Saturday, 30 July 2011

"Fernando Torres seals Chelsea’s victory over Aston Villa in Asia friendly."

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*Fernando Torres seals Chelsea’s victory over Aston Villa in Asia friendly*

Fernando Torres’s scriptwriter has finally earned his money. The Spaniard’s ineffective form in pre-season was jettisoned in timely fashion here as Chelsea bade farewell to the far east with victory, the Barclays Asia Trophy and a striker looking more like his old self. The goal guided in with the Spaniard’s first touch just before the hour-mark was instinctively pilfered and hardly celebrated. It was also hugely welcome.

Torres’s lack of impact had been a recurring theme over the fortnight Chelsea have spent flitting from Malaysia to Thailand to Hong Kong, his performances too peripheral and his demeanour rather downbeat. His had been a hangover from last season’s toils, when 18 appearances for his new club had yielded a solitary goal. By the end here, though, the World Cup winner signed for £50m was more recognisable.

His reward had come seconds after his introduction as a substitute alongside Didier Drogba, the first time the pair have been utilised together under Andre Villas-Boas away from the training pitch. The touch, shimmy and burst away from Stephen Warnock to create a subsequent opportunity, saved by the excellent Shay Given, was just as reassuring. These were positive signs for the Londoners.

Chelsea had looked further along in their pre-season preparations than Villa from the outset – this was their sixth game, all of which have now been won without the concession of a goal, to their opponents’ three – with their tempo upbeat through the centre and their wingers tearing into full-backs with gusto. The Londoners have been in the far east for two weeks and will naturally have become more accustomed to the steamy heat by now so, while Villa laboured, they thrived.

Given’s excellence had retained some level of order up to the interval, though Chelsea still retired with the lead gleaned within the opening 36 seconds. Josh McEachran’s finish, rammed high into the net, had actually been cruel on the Irish veteran goalkeeper.

Given had done well to deny Nicolas Anelka, liberated by Daniel Sturridge’s pass, and even better to keep out Florent Malouda’s follow-up at the far post, but McEachran was not to be denied. This was a first senior goal to cap off a tour in which the 18-year-old has increasingly felt like a key member of the senior set-up.

His team-mates appeared to be relishing the occasion as much. Yuri Zhirkov, starting at left-back, and John Terry might have converted, while Given produced another staggering save to keep out Frank Lampard’s header as the hour approached. Villas-Boas’ reaction was to fling on Drogba and Torres, with the latter duly connecting with Malouda’s dragged attempt. There was to be no respite for their flustered opponents.

Villa will not be panicked and have games at Derby County and Braga still to come to fine-tune their own fitness, with work still to be done. Stephen Ireland, a player with much to prove at the club, had started this game only to pass up their best opportunity by blazing over from Gabriel Agbonlahor’s lay-off. Otherwise, the midfielder was starved of possession for long periods. Stilian Petrov and Darren Bent both skied over, but that was the closest Villa came thereafter, with this contest long since settled.

*Fernando Torres seals Chelsea’s victory over Aston Villa in Asia friendly*

Fernando Torres’s scriptwriter has finally earned his money. The Spaniard’s ineffective form in pre-season was jettisoned in timely fashion here as Chelsea bade farewell to the far east with victory, the Barclays Asia Trophy and a striker looking more like his old self. The goal guided in with the Spaniard’s first touch just before the hour-mark was instinctively pilfered and hardly celebrated. It was also hugely welcome.

Torres’s lack of impact had been a recurring theme over the fortnight Chelsea have spent flitting from Malaysia to Thailand to Hong Kong, his performances too peripheral and his demeanour rather downbeat. His had been a hangover from last season’s toils, when 18 appearances for his new club had yielded a solitary goal. By the end here, though, the World Cup winner signed for £50m was more recognisable.

His reward had come seconds after his introduction as a substitute alongside Didier Drogba, the first time the pair have been utilised together under Andre Villas-Boas away from the training pitch. The touch, shimmy and burst away from Stephen Warnock to create a subsequent opportunity, saved by the excellent Shay Given, was just as reassuring. These were positive signs for the Londoners.

Chelsea had looked further along in their pre-season preparations than Villa from the outset – this was their sixth game, all of which have now been won without the concession of a goal, to their opponents’ three – with their tempo upbeat through the centre and their wingers tearing into full-backs with gusto. The Londoners have been in the far east for two weeks and will naturally have become more accustomed to the steamy heat by now so, while Villa laboured, they thrived.

Given’s excellence had retained some level of order up to the interval, though Chelsea still retired with the lead gleaned within the opening 36 seconds. Josh McEachran’s finish, rammed high into the net, had actually been cruel on the Irish veteran goalkeeper.

Given had done well to deny Nicolas Anelka, liberated by Daniel Sturridge’s pass, and even better to keep out Florent Malouda’s follow-up at the far post, but McEachran was not to be denied. This was a first senior goal to cap off a tour in which the 18-year-old has increasingly felt like a key member of the senior set-up.

His team-mates appeared to be relishing the occasion as much. Yuri Zhirkov, starting at left-back, and John Terry might have converted, while Given produced another staggering save to keep out Frank Lampard’s header as the hour approached. Villas-Boas’ reaction was to fling on Drogba and Torres, with the latter duly connecting with Malouda’s dragged attempt. There was to be no respite for their flustered opponents.

Villa will not be panicked and have games at Derby County and Braga still to come to fine-tune their own fitness, with work still to be done. Stephen Ireland, a player with much to prove at the club, had started this game only to pass up their best opportunity by blazing over from Gabriel Agbonlahor’s lay-off. Otherwise, the midfielder was starved of possession for long periods. Stilian Petrov and Darren Bent both skied over, but that was the closest Villa came thereafter, with this contest long since settled.