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Game #5718

Aston Villa

Thursday, 18 April 2024


Quarter Final

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

Europa Conference League

LOSC Lille

Attendance: 47,093

Stade Pierre Mauroy

LOSC Lille


Aston Villa

Assist(s): None


There we were thinking "oh well there's always next year" and Matty Cash rocks up with another late cup goal to send the tie to extra time. Suddenly Villa played like Villa and Lille, with chances themselves, were undoubtedly second best in the 30 minutes of extra time without taking the lead thanks to some outstanding saved from Lille's young 'keeper Chavalier. On to pens and a 4-3 win should have been so much smoother but for a moment of idiocy from the Slovakian referee. Thankfully the distraction was only a momentary one and Emi Martínez wouldn't be denied.


Emiliano Martínez, they hate him, we love him, we won through because of him



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Thursday, 18 April 2024

🥅 | 15’ Goal, 0-1, (LOSC Lille), Yusuf Yazici
🟨 | 21’ Booking, Nicolò Zaniolo
🕒 | 26’ Game paused due to injuries
🚑 | 26’ Injury, Emiliano Martínez, head injury
🚑 | 26’ Injury, Nicolò Zaniolo, hamstring
🔁 | 28’ Sub off, Nicolò Zaniolo, Sub on, Morgan Rogers
🕒 | 29’ Game restarts
🟨 | 39’ Booking, Emiliano Martínez, timewasting
🕒 | 45’+4 HT LOSC Lille 1-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Lucas Digne for a bad foul
🥅 | 68’ Goal, 0-2, (LOSC Lille), Benjamin André
🔁 | 69’ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🟨 | 76’ Booking, Morgan Rogers for a bad foul
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Jhon Durán
⚽ | 87’ Goal, 1-2, Matty Cash
🟨 | 90’ Booking, Jhon Durán for a bad foul
🕒 | 105’ ET HT LOSC Lille 2-1 Aston Villa
🟨 | 109’ Booking, Ollie Watkins for a bad foul
🎥 | 112’ VAR Check for penalty (LOSC Lille), no penalty
🕒 | 120+1’ ET FT LOSC Lille 2-1 Aston Villa

🟢 1-0 Youri Tielemans, Scored

**20:25:** Following the first, and successful, spot kick from Tielemans, Martinez moves towards the loose ball as it rolls towards the penalty spot. Lille’s Bentaleb reacts and runs to collect the ball.

Martinez picks up the ball and, as is customary, starts to feel it.

Referee Kružliak and Bentaleb move towards Martinez as if to engage in words but the Villa ‘keeper releases the ball before a conversation can occur and takes his position on the line.

Referee Kružliak in a clearly antagonistic mood follows Martinez and begins to lecture him. Observers are confused as nothing that is not completely normal in a penalty decision, let alone a penalty shoot out in the quarter final of a European competition, has been seen.

🔴 1-0 Nabil Bentaleb (LOSC Lille), Missed, Save by Emiliano Martínez

**20:26:** Martinez shuffles on the line a la Grobbelaar, as the aggressor Bentaleb goes to take Lille’s first kick and despite feigning a move to the right, saves to the left to leave Villa 1-0 ahead in the shoot out.

Bentaleb, already having showed aggressive intent, pointlessly connects with the rebound and attempts to strike the ball. Martinez has to take cover from an expected delivery into the goal mouth. Bentaleb’s shot however is typically comically poor and sails into the Lille fans behind the goal.

Martinez reacts by putting his finger to his lips to shush a crowd who have baited him from the first minute. Martinez remains in control of his area and repeats his gesture to both sides of his goal.

**20:27:** The Neanderthal crowd throw objects at Martinez. Classy.

Referee Kružliak decides Martinez deserves another lecture, and is removed from the goal, before the referee tackles Martinez once again with no further incident seeming to have occurred.

Martinez questions why referee Kružliak was ignoring the provocation and missiles from the stand.

Referee Kružliak walks away.

Meanwhile Referee Kružliak has delayed Ollie Watkins’ penalty for no apparent reason whilst the Lille crowd hold onto the match ball refusing to return it to the field of play.

The opposition ‘keeper, Chevalier, is positioned on the six yard line facing off against Ollie Watkins at twelve yards.

**20:28:** Martinez as is customary walks to take his place on the line to await his next action and gestures to the Lille crowd to stop throwing missiles.

🟨 | Booking, Emiliano Martínez
🟥 | Sending off, Total insanity as the referee sends off Emiliano Martínez for a second yellow card for gesturing to the crowd to stop throwing missiles at him and booing him as they have done from the first whistle. It is unclear what would have happened as no substitutes are permitted once the match had completed its course.

Referee Kružliak has a rush of blood to the head and runs over in an apparently uncontrolled fashion and shows Martinez a yellow card, despite the Villa ‘keeper again being rained on by missiles thrown from the Lille crowd.

Martinez, as confused as those watching, questions the referee as to his actions, before Douglas Luiz, acting as captain since John McGinn’s substitution comes to talk to the referee to try and understand his action.

Referee Kružliak waves his hands like a petulant child refusing to hear Douglas Luiz or Martinez’s questions as to what has just happens and what the consequences are.

It is assumed, without referee Kružliak’s engagement, that Martinez has received a second yellow card and is therefore dismissed and unable to take any further part in the penalty shoot out.

Villa now face the rest of the penalty shoot out with just one kick taken by either side without a goalkeeper.

Luiz continues to try to engage with referee Kružliak whilst Martinez stands on the sidelines in total confusion.

Martinez again appeals to referee Kružliak to take action against the behaviour of the Lille crowd but to no avail.

**20:29:** Ollie Watkins still waits to take his penalty due to the delay caused by referee Kružliak but as he finally gets the chance another ball is thrown from the Lille crowd. Martinez, unbelievably, is called over by referee Kružliak to remove the errant ball with the Villa ‘keeper and all observers totally confused as to whether Martinez can still play a part in the game.

🟢 2-0 Ollie Watkins, Scored

**20:30:** Ollie Watkins meets with Martinez following his successful spot kick and Martinez takes his place in goal in lieu of any confirmation from the referee Kružliak as to whether he can continue or not.

Bizarrely referee Kružliak then helps Lille centre forward Jonathan David place the ball on the spot. Martinez repeats his moves from the Bentaleb save and is foiled by David’s stop start approach.

🟢 2-1 Jonathan David (LOSC Lille), Scored

David celebrates by encouraging the Lille crowd to keep up their behaviour.

**20:31:** Martinez, beaten by David, walks to the customary position in a penalty shootout.

Meanwhile as Matty Cash approaches to take Villa’s third kick, Lille’s ‘keeper Chevalier confronts him before being ordered back by referee Kružliak.

🟢 3-1 Matty Cash, Scored

Cash scores.

Martinez, still with no idea as to whether he is permitted to continue playing, returns to his goal line before once again gesturing to referee Kružliak for clarity. No response, positive or negative is received.

🟢 3-2 Angel Gomés (LOSC Lille), Scored

**20:32:** Martinez takes a more conservative approach to the penalty of Lille’s Angel Gomes, holding his arms wide and above his head.

Gomes takes the legality of a penalty kick to its limits, by shuffling, delaying and stuttering in his run up.

Martinez, justifiably, gestures to the referee Kružliak, to highlight the potential illegality of Gomes’ kick,

Martinez receives no response from referee Kružliak and points to his eyes to question referee Kružliak’s observation and control of the game.

🔴 3-2 Leon Bailey, Missed, Save by Lucas Chevalier

Lille ‘ keeper Chevalier saves Leon Bailey’s spot kick and celebrates by gesturing to the crowd, flexing repeatedly before finally walking away.

Referee Kružliak fails to take any action.

🟢 3-3 Rémy Cabella (LOSC Lille), Scored

**20:33:** Martinez returns to goal, subdued by referee Kružliak and sees Lille’s Cabella score past him to level the scores.

Thereafter Cabella crouches to his knees, adopts an aggressive gesture to the already unruly crowd and then kicks the ball away and runs to Lille’ keeper Chevalier before continuing to urge the missile throwing Lille crowd to more intensity.

Referee Kružliak fails to take any action.

Martinez retrieves the ball before throwing it to the incoming Douglas Luiz and retakes his customary spot.

Sudden Death

**20:34:** Luiz receives a bizarre and unjustified lecture from referee Kružliak prior to his kick for no clear reason.

🟢 4-3 Douglas Luiz, Scored

Despite the interruption Luiz puts Villa in control of the shootout.

🔴 4-3 Benjamin André (LOSC Lille), Missed, Save by Emiliano Martínez

Benjamin André, hardly a shrinking violet over the two legs, hits his kick centrally and Martinez saves to win the shootout for Villa.

**20:35:** Martinez celebrates in his box, facing the Lille crowd - it would have been rather odd to have done otherwise.

Martinez turns towards his team to celebrate before referee Kružliak blows his whistle suggesting the final spot kick needs to be retaken.

Martinez sprints towards his team-mates with referee Kružliak appearing to have blown his whistle in error.

Despite a shocking, embarrassing performance from referee Kružliak in the shoot out Villa win 4-3.


Leon Bailey comes of the bench to make his 100th appearance for the club since joining in August 2021.

Aston Villa

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

LOSC Lille

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
Ligue 1 Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Coupe de France Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
Coupe de la Ligue Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 2020-21


LOSC Lille

Previous 5 vs. Lille: 🟨 🟥 🟩



Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #49 |
European Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #76 |
Thursday, 18 April 2024
Attendance | 47,093 |


Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Ivan Kružliak | 🇸🇰 | Bratislava, 2011- 🆘
Kick off: 5.45pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
AET Result: 🟥 Lost
AET Score: 🟥 1-2
Aggregate Result: 🟨 Drew
Aggregate Score: 🟨
Penalties: 🟩 4-3
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥


Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |


🕒 76 | 🟩 | 43 🟨 | 13 🟥 20 | 1.87

Villa Career Form:

Top 4


Referee: Ivan Kružliak | 🇸🇰 | Bratislava, 2011- 🆘
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 1
🆘 Breathtaking incompetence from the Slovak official in the penalty shoot out that brought shame and embarrassment once again on the standards of refereeing in European competition
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Branislav Hancko | 🇸🇰 | Jan Pozor | 🇸🇰 |
Fourth official: Peter Kralović | 🇸🇰 |
VAR: Pol van Boekel | 🇳🇱 |
Assistant VAR: Michal Ocenáš | 🇸🇰 |




🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

LOSC Lille

🟨 🟨 🟨



Squad Average Age: 25.91
Starting XI Average Age: 27.57
Subs Average Age:
Bench Average Age: 24.25

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 31.65 |
Youngest Starter: W Moussa Diaby | 🇫🇷 | 24.80 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | 33.74 |
Youngest Squad Player: F Omari Kellyman | 🇬🇧 | 18.58 |

Oldest Substitute:
Youngest Substitute:


Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |


Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 🟨 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Pau Torres | 🇪🇸 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
M Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Nicolò Zaniolo | 🇮🇹 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Moussa Diaby | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |


Paulo Fonseca | 🇵🇹 |


LOSC Lille

GK Lucas Chevalier | 🇫🇷 |
RB Tiago Santos | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 |
RB Bafodé Diakité | 🇫🇷 |
CB Yeny Loro | 🇫🇷 |
LB Gabriel Gudmundsson | 🇸🇪 | 🔁 |
LB Ismaily Gonçalves dos Santos | 🇧🇷 |
M Benjamin André | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
M Nabil Bentaleb | 🇩🇿 | 🟨 |
M Yusuf Yazıcı | 🇹🇷 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
W Hákon Arnar Haraldsson | 🇮🇸 | 🔁 |
CF Jonathan David | 🇨🇦 |


Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation



🔁 | M Morgan Rogers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for M Nicolò Zaniolo | 🇮🇹 | 28’ |
🔁 | W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | for W Moussa Diaby | 🇫🇷 | 69’ |
🔁 | CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 🟨 | for M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 80’ |



🔁 | M Angel Gomés | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for W Hákon Arnar Haraldsson | 🇮🇸 | 77’ |
🔁 | W Ivan Cavaleiro | 🇦🇴 | for M Yusuf Yazıcı | 🇹🇷 | 86’ |
🔁 | M Rémy Cabella | 🇫🇷 | for LB Gabriel Gudmundsson | 🇸🇪 | 90’ |




GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
GK Joe Gauci | 🇦🇺 |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Finley Munroe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Clément Lenglet | 🇫🇷 |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Omari Kellyman | 🇬🇧 |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 |



GK Vito Mannone | 🇮🇹 |
GK Tom Negrel | 🇫🇷 |
CB Alexsandro Victor de Souza Ribeiro | 🇧🇷 |
CB Ousmane Touré | 🇫🇷 |
M Ayyoub Bouaddi | 🇫🇷 |
W Adam Ounas | 🇩🇿 |
W Tiago Morais | 🇵🇹 |
W Ichem Ferrah | 🇫🇷 |




1st XI Cost: £193.58m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11

Subs Cost: £51.08m
Team Cost: £244.66m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/14
Homegrown: ⭕/14

Matchday Squad Cost: £277.44m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/22
Homegrown: 4/22

Total Squad Cost: £377.46m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 18/37
Homegrown: 11/37



GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £15.66m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.00m |
GK Joe Gauci | 🇦🇺 | £1.28m |

CB Pau Torres | 🇪🇸 | £28.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | £27.90m |
CB Clément Lenglet | 🇫🇷 | Loan |

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 | £14.18m |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
FB Finley Munroe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Morgan Rogers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £8.00m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 | Free |
M Nicolò Zaniolo | 🇮🇹 | Loan |

W Moussa Diaby | 🇫🇷 | £47.66m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £30.60m |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | £14.28m |
F Omari Kellyman | 🇬🇧 | Youth |



1st XI Cost: £59.07m
Home Nation 🇫🇷 : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Subs Cost: £0.00m
Team Cost: £59.07m
Home Nation 🇫🇷 : 5/14
Homegrown: 2/14

Matchday Squad Cost: £66.09m
Home Nation 🇫🇷 : 9/22
Homegrown: 5/22



GK Vito Mannone | 🇮🇹 | £0.17m |
GK Lucas Chevalier | 🇫🇷 | Youth |
GK Tom Negrel | 🇫🇷 | Free |

CB Alexsandro Victor de Souza Ribeiro | 🇧🇷 | £1.71m |
CB Ousmane Touré | 🇫🇷 | Youth |
CB Yeny Loro | 🇫🇷 | Youth |

RB Tiago Santos | 🇵🇹 | £5.56m |
LB Gabriel Gudmundsson | 🇸🇪 | £5.14m |
RB Bafodé Diakité | 🇫🇷 | £2.57m |
LB Ismaily Gonçalves dos Santos | 🇧🇷 | Free |

M Benjamin André | 🇫🇷 | £6.00m |
M Nabil Bentaleb | 🇩🇿 | £3.85m |
M Ayyoub Bouaddi | 🇫🇷 | Youth |
M Rémy Cabella | 🇫🇷 | Free |
M Yusuf Yazıcı | 🇹🇷 | Loan |
M Angel Gomés | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |

W Hákon Arnar Haraldsson | 🇮🇸 | £12.84m |
W Adam Ounas | 🇩🇿 | £2.57m |
W Tiago Morais | 🇵🇹 | £2.57m |
W Ichem Ferrah | 🇫🇷 | Youth |
W Ivan Cavaleiro | 🇦🇴 | Free |

CF Jonathan David | 🇨🇦 | £23.11m |



Injury | 5 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | ACL
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ACL
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | ACL
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Foot
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | Calf

Out On Loan | 7 |
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stockport
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Exeter
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | Nice
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | Al-Duhail
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | Napoli
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Real Unión
M Tommi O'Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Real Unión



Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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

Match Symbols:

⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

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




Possession F | 48%

Possession A | 52%

Shots F | 9
Shots A | 12

Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4

Corners F | 7
Corners A | 7

Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 17


"He is unbelievable, isn't he? His antics - I heard someone mention Bruce Grobbelaar earlier and he is exactly the same. He is that character. "But, when you take away all of those antics, he is a fantastic goalkeeper. "He is arguably the world's number one goalkeeper at the moment, but he has got that added extrovert character that comes out in these situations. "These are the situations where I always used to think that the goalkeeper has the edge. There is no pressure on a goalkeeper, and you should score from 12 yards, but he makes it that much more difficult for a penalty taker with his antics. "When I was coaching in the Premier League, we used to do penalty strategies where we would have a history of penalty takers and which way they would go, the different heights, all sorts. "But from a goalkeeper's perspective, back in the day, we weren't allowed to move on the line. We had to stand still and we had to move at the last second. Nowadays, they can move along the line, pull funny faces and do whatever they want. "So it is completely different - it is totally different. "Emi Martinez will have worked with a goalkeeping coach and he will have known all of their penalty takers, their favoured sides and whether they go high or low - he would have had all of that information before they had even started the game." A legendary Villa ‘keeper in Nigel Spink appraises Villa’s legendary ‘keeper Emi Martinez “Lille was a difficult match and a team to play when we got them in the draw. They are playing well, they are organised and they were focusing on the two matches without playing in the league. "Of course as coaches we can try and use our experiences to help in every match. Here in Lille, it was a difficult match against a difficult team. They are very organised and very competitive so they were very focused. But we did it! “When we won 2-1, we spoke before today, talking about how difficult it will be to beat them again. Mentally, we thought about the possibility of playing extra-time and penalties. We did it. Myself, I try to understand each moment, trying to never be frustrated when they were winning. "I try to understand each moment on the pitch and not get frustrated. They were better than us in the first half but then we scored a goal. "Lille played very well in the first half and took a deserved advantage. But we knew this was always a possibility. They've been successful at home for a long time. We had the advantage from the first leg, so we had to be resilient and wait for our moment, and we did it. “We tried to get our moments, playing in our positioning and getting the goal. And we did. In extra-time, both teams were tired and neither side were aggressive in attack. In penalties, it’s about keeping calm and focusing with the players which players were 100 per cent convinced to shoot a penalty. In the end it was fantastic. "There's always luck involved in a penalty shoot-out. In the end, we won, but we accept that it was very difficult. Congratulations to Lille because they played and competed very well. "Emi Martínez is very important for us. He has his personality and his personality in the dressing room is very important because he is a leader with his experiences. He has a really brilliant mentality. "And then on the pitch he has his personality and he played fantastic. He saved two penalty shots so of course I am very proud of him. I am very proud of all the players." "Yesterday you [the media] were all asking about me about the reception he will get here in France and you could see it throughout the game. "He is very experienced and he was trying to control his emotions but the supporters were pushing him. I believe in him and he is mature but with personality. He is always under his own control. "Of course, we have our priority as well in this Conference League to be a contender and getting a trophy. As well, we are involved in the league to possibly play in the Champions League. "That was my objective when I arrived here. I spoke about trying to increase our level in the Premier League, and we've gradually been getting better. And we want to be present in Europe. Conference League, Europa League... hopefully we can play in the Champions League with Aston Villa. We have to enjoy the moment we are having, try to build our experience and work hard to get more." Unai Emery, post match. "It’s been a hell of a ride all of my career. ”I’m a believer and a hard worker. It was my destiny to win here again. "I have a reputation for time-wasting because the other goalkeeper was doing the same thing. I got booked in the first half even though we were losing the game, so I don’t know what the ref wants from me. Then, there was no ball on the penalty spot, so I was asking for a ball from the ball boy, and then I get booked - I don’t understand the rules. "I always say that all my career and my personal performances, my team needs me in those moments. Yesterday we watched Real Madrid vs Man City, the manager has always said maybe we can go to penalties and in my head in those moments I own my box. "This group of players and the manager is really special. The owners are really involved as well, Wes and Nassef, they are really behind us. It feels like we’re going to do something special. I don’t know if it is the Champions League or the Conference League, but we will do everything we can for this football club." "I love this football club and playing in a semi-final for them, it is incredible. "My career just keeps going up and up. You need to celebrate little victories. After 42 years we are in a European semi-final. It's incredible. "The fans should give us a lift on Sunday against Bournemouth, people will be tired so we need the home fans to give us a boost to go again. "I get motivated with the fans when they throw stuff on my back. All my life has been throwing stuff on my back and I always get up. It gives my fuel to perform. "We want to go all the way. That's the message we just sent now: 'we're going all the way, we're going all the way'. We need to have that mentality of when we have to go away we need to secure the game at home." Emiliano Martínez. "I always try to stay calm and prepare myself mentally. ”When I'm walking up to the ball, I know what I'm going to do. I try to take a deep breath, step up and put it away. "We've got a huge semi-final ahead of us against Olympiacos. Two big games. And in the Premier League we really want to keep hold of fourth place and reach the Champions League. We'll try to finish the season on a high note." Youri Tielemans. "Over the two games I think Emiliano Martínez was decisive "He is a great goalkeeper. In the first game we had a couple of real opportunities and he made some great saves. Today, in the penalty shoot-out. He's a great goalkeeper, that's all I can say. "No, that doesn't matter. His behaviour - I want to talk about the game only. I'm really proud of my players, really proud of what we did in both games. Everyone agrees with me when I say we deserved to go through. But football is like this. They were better in the shootout and we have to accept it. "I haven't seen many teams perform like we did against Aston Villa, even in the Premier League. We dominated two games and created so many good chances. Today we won the game. I think it would have been difficult to do better." Paulo Fonseca “We have time.” What Leon Bailey repeatedly told his teammates, gesturing towards the big screens at either end after replacing Moussa Diaby with 68 minutes on the clock. The Emery effect. “Emiliano Martinez will be suspended for the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final first-leg against Olympiacos FC scheduled on 2 May 2024. “The basis for his suspension is set forth in Article 52.02(b) of the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2023/24 Season). “From the first match in the group stage, players and team officials are suspended for the next competition match after three cautions, which did not result in a red card, as well as following any subsequent odd-numbered caution (fifth, seventh, ninth, etc.). “The player has been cautioned on three separate occasions during the quarter-finals, as follows: * One yellow card during the UECL Quarter-Final 1st Leg match played on 11.04.2024 * One yellow card during the UECL Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match played on 18.04.2024 * One yellow card during the UECL Quarter-Final 2nd Leg penalty shout-out on 18.04.2024. For the sake of clarity, the cautions of 18 April 2024 did not result in a red card because the second caution occurred during the penalty shout-out (this is provided for in the Laws of the Game).” Furious hindsight justification from UEFA. “I got booked in the first half even though we were losing the game, so I don’t know what the ref wants from me. Then, there was no ball on the penalty spot, so I was asking for a ball from the ball boy, and then I get booked - I don’t understand the rules.” The final word from Emiliano Martínez. But hey, we all know truth don’t make the headlines. "It was one of our poorest performances. ”The atmosphere was very good, just as it has been throughout the whole competition. The Lille players were giving it absolutely everything, to try and find the smallest margins to win, jumping around, trying to get us sent-off. We had to deal with that, deal with them being a very good team. “They played well in both legs. We rode the storm and managed to get a goal right at the end. In extra time we had a couple of chances but penalties were inevitable. “We are delighted but we are going to have to get used to it. In the semi-final it will be another hostile atmosphere. We know it is going to be much louder than tonight. “You are always confident when Emi is in goal he is going to save penalties. He is one of the best in the world at it. When the boys stepped up so confidently you just expected Emi would save one or two. He managed to do that, so we’re delighted. “He is probably the first person to get two yellows (and not get sent-off). I was panicking. I was trying to get him to calm down. But I am not going to tell anyone how to act. “He can do what he wants, as long as he saves two penalties. I was worried about the second yellow. From the bench, we knew he would be fine. So we were a bit more relaxed. I don’t know what the news is for the semi-final. He will miss it, which is the disappointing thing. But we were so close to going out tonight we were only thinking about getting through. “It says a lot about the character that players are playing through pain. Leon we did not expect to be here, never mind coming on and putting in a performance like that. “Several players, including myself, had off nights. But that is when you look at the squad. We have had many injuries, many games. You are in the trenches now. You look to your left and right and hope someone digs you out. “When I signed they were desperate to get back on these European adventures. “You see the same faces, the die-hards. It is brilliant to see them enjoying these nights. “We did not want to go out tonight and ruin any plans they have made. Thankfully we were able to get through and it is just great to see us getting this club back to where it belongs. Hopefully we can kick on now. “It feels like we have been growing and embracing the challenges ahead of us. That game at Albion I was raging because Albert Adomah was appointed penalty taker ahead of me. “I was taking the sixth, believe it or not. Tonight I got the curly finger. If I was still on the pitch I was hitting the first one. It was very strange being on the side of the pitch. It was the same when we qualified for the Euros with Scotland. It is horrible. It is fine when you are on the pitch. Of course, it is nerve-wracking. “But when you can’t control what your team is doing, it is even worse. That is when I just spoke to my mom, she confirmed she did not watch a single minute of the game.” John McGinn.