Wednesday December 1, 2010 5th Round Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 2 - 1 Aston Villa

  • Larsson 12’ (pen.)
  • Žigic 84’
  • Agbonlahor 30’

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  1. Zigic earns Blues derby victory over Villa

    Zigic earns Blues derby victory over Villa

    Birmingham put one over their neighbours Aston Villa to clinch a semi-final place in the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win at St Andrew's. More

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    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+7' FULL TIME: Birmingham 2 Aston Villa 1. Blues fans celebrate a famous win as Zigic's winner takes them into the last four of the Carling Cup. There's a pitch invasion as McLeish's side put one over their Midlands rivals.
    • 90+7' Birmingham survive and break with Derbyshire who feeds Jerome but the striker can't get anything behind his shot and Friedel saves.
    • 90+6' Delfouneso forces a corner. Last chance saloon for Villa.
    • 90+5' Collins fouls and is booked by Foy for protesting.
    • 90+5' Jerome draws a foul out of Clark and City are almost through to the semi-finals.
    • 90+4' Birmingham are awarded a free-kick for a foul by Collins and there's not long to go here.
    • 90+3' Collins heads on a Luke Young cross but it goes through harmlessly to Foster's safe hands.
    • 90+2' Matt Derbyshire is on for goalscorer Zigic, who is still hurt. Five minutes of stoppage time.
    • 91' Nathan Delfouneso and Pires are on for Villa. Warnock and Hogg are replaced.
    • 90' Friedel is out to meet Zigic and the Serb goes down after bumping into the American keeper.
    • 89' Foster emerges with the ball in both hands as Dunne heads into the danger zone.
    • 89' Johnson concedes a corner with Agbonlahor challenging. Downing to take it.
    • 88' David Murphy is on for Larsson, whose pass released Jerome down the right for the second Blues goal.
    • 87' Downing's cross is headed off target by Clark with time running out.
    • 87' Villa don't have long to get their way back into the game. It was a bolt out of the blue for the Villans.
    • 85' The ball looped up from a deflection but Friedel could have kept it out, instead only succeeding in pawing it into the net.
    • 84' GOAL! For all Villa's pressure, it's Birmingham who score late on! Zigic bundles the ball past Friedel from Jerome's cross.
    • 83' Barry Ferguson fouls Downing after Ireland keeps possession skillfully. Villa pressing hard for a late winner.
    • 82' Ashley Young is booked for a late tackle and is ruled out of the game against Liverpool.
    • 81' Lightning pace by Agbonlahor sets up Ireland, Foster saves but Young looks certain to bury the rebound only for the ball to be blocked by a defender.
    • 80' Ireland is getting forward to add to Villa's numbers in the box. Birmingham need to keep an eye on the Irishman.
    • 79' Dann is hobbling on but there's some concern for the defender.
    • 78' Ireland's shot can't find it's way through a forest of legs. Dann is struggling with that knock.
    • 77' A great piece of skill by Gardner allows him to rifle in a shot but he pulls at the effort and it doesn't match the trickery. It's got the fans on their feet again though.
    • 76' Dann's made of strong stuff and he's ready to come back on. It was one of those that seemed like it could be serious.
    • 75' Dann requires treatment on his left knee and it looks a painful one for the stopper.
    • 74' Downing has another shot that is charged down by Dann and the defender is hurt in making the block.
    • 73' Ireland hasn't been a hit so far at Villa but a goal here would really endear himself to the supporters.
    • 72' Ireland replaces Bannan, who surprisingly makes way for the summer signing from Manchester City.
    • 71' Foy books Hogg for a clumsy challenge on Fahey.
    • 70' Zigic isn't making the ball stick since half-time and the fans are getting impatient with the lanky hitman.
    • 69' Carr thinks he's won a corner for his side but a goal-kick is given to Villa.
    • 68' Bannan is showing up well this half and there's no doubt Villa are in the ascendancy. There's plenty of options on the bench for Houllier to look to.
    • 67' Downing has a shot charged down and Villa win another corner in the end from Dann's header behind.
    • 65' Former Villa man Gardner replaces Bowyer, who has picked up a couple of knocks. The midfielder won the penalty for his side and was a typically fiery influence.
    • 64' Luke Young's cross is headed down by Dunne and almost falls for Collins. Birmingham need to regain their composure.
    • 64' Bannan lets fly but Zigic is in the way. Villa asking all the questions at the moment.
    • 63' Roger Johnson heads away the free-kick but Hogg's shot deflects behind for a corner.
    • 62' Carr hacks down Warnock and the Blues captain is booked.
    • 61' Bannan's left-foot shot produces a diving save out of Foster. The little Scot is trying to become a bigger influence with his skills in midfield.
    • 60' Warnock is closed down inside the box and Bowyer is down injured while Villa play on. Foy is happy for things to continue.
    • 59' Carson Yeung looks freezing as he watches on alongside Steve McManaman.
    • 58' Delicately poised at St Andrew's. It's getting tetchy but it's an entertaining affair.
    • 57' Dann is lucky the referee didn't see too much wrong with a kick on Bannan as he's already been booked.
    • 56' Foster safely clutches a Clark header under pressure towards goal.
    • 55' Jerome is unable to profit at the near post as Friedel spoons the ball away, it's end to end as Foster makes a similar save at the other end to keep out an Ashley Young centre.
    • 53' Bannan is involved in a flare-up with Ridgewell and Bowyer. It's been coming and tempers are beginning to fray.
    • 53' Zigic's flick releases Larsson but his cross is cut out. Zigic has done well in general but was careless with the big chance that came his way in the first half.
    • 52' Referee Foy is misisng a couple of late tackles here - it could boil over if the official continues to try and let things flow.
    • 51' All a bit scrappy as Downing is beaten all too easily in a 50-50 tackle while Bowyer is hurt in midfield.
    • 50' Villa pass up an opportunity to get the ball into the box and Young ends up conceding a foul for a mistimed tackle on Larsson.
    • 48' Agbonlahor is chopped down by Dann and it's a yellow card for the centre-back.
    • 47' Collins is having an unusually jittery night. He passes the ball out of play under no real pressure.
    • 46' Friedel is out to club a clearance forward for Villa but the ball runs away from Agbonlahor.
    • 46' The second half gets underway. There's still a steady falling of snow but it's all to play for and, remember, the tie must be settled tonight.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Birmingham 1 Aston Villa 1. Entertaining stuff as Agbonlahor cancels out Larsson's penalty soon after Friedel got away with spilling a Zigic shot over the line. Ridgewell was flagged offside even though he didn't interfere with play.
    • 45' Birmingham are finishing the half on top. Only a minute of stoppage time to play.
    • 44' Bannan shoots at Foster after providing a neat pass earlier in the move. Downing set up the young Scot but it was a pretty tame effort.
    • 42' Warnock hits an aimless ball forward as a Villa attack comes to nothing. Ridgewell is having a running argument with the assistant referee after feeling a number of decisions haven't gone his way down the Blues' left flank.
    • 41' Larsson takes the free kick but it's overhit and drifts out of play. Disappointing from the former Arsenal midfielder.
    • 40' Zigic wins a free kick out of Stephen Warnock. Another chance for Birmingham.
    • 39' A slice from Dunne concedes another corner as Birmingham build up a head of steam.
    • 38' Agbonlahor heads behind at the near post as Larsson's corner causes problems. Another flag-kick for the home side.
    • 37' Luke Young concedes a corner as Birmingham look to regain the lead.
    • 36' Bowyer is crunched by Hogg. He wins the ball but it's a nasty tackle and the youngster gets a talking to from Foy.
    • 34' It's been breathless stuff at St Andrew's. No shortage of controversy as the hosts will feel they deserve to be two-up rather than pegged back to 1-1.
    • 33' Zigic releases Jerome, who is clean through but dinks his finish agonisingly wide of the far post. A great chance for Blues to regain the lead.
    • 32' It was a shot by Zigic that was mishandled by Friedel in the scramble. It was Ridgewell who was offside but didn't impede the Villa keeper in the slightest.
    • 30' Ashley Young and Clark were involved in the build-up and Agbonlahor was just onside as he expertly finished to make it 1-1.
    • 30' GOAL! Villa are level as Agbonlahor turns a right-footed shot wide of Foster and into the corner of the net. It's all happening here!
    • 29' Friedel claws the ball back seemingly from over the line but Scott Dann is presumably flagged offside. Not sure the defender was interfering with play though and that incident warrants closer inspection.
    • 28' DISALLOWED GOAL! Panic at the back for Villa and Brimingham think they've scored. The assistant referee flags for an infringement.
    • 27' Ridgewell gets down the left and forces a corner after a neat ball by Keith Fahey.
    • 26' Bowyer is throwing himself into challenges and the Blues fans are loving the midfielder's enthusiastic input.
    • 25' Jerome is leading the line superbly for Birmingham and causing no end of problems for the visiting defenders.
    • 24' It was Luke Young who made the vital interception for Villa to thwart Zigic. The Serbian looked a bit rusty there.
    • 23' Jerome and Larsson do well and Zigic is left free inside the box but his first touch is poor and Villa clear the danger.
    • 23' Ridgewell covers a run by Agbonlahor to head back to Foster. Villa have had 65% possession overall.
    • 21' No doubt that Villa are on top but City still have that one-goal lead.
    • 20' Ashley Young fires well off target from a difficult angle out on the left. Not sure he was shooting from there but it failed to get anywhere near Foster's goal.
    • 19' Downing has a tame shot that is cleared as Villa maintain a spell of pressure that ends with a stray pass by Ashley Young.
    • 18' A third corner in quick succession for Villa. Ashley Young will take it again.
    • 17' Ridgewell dallies inside his own area and ends up conceding a corner thanks to the pressure applied by Agbonlahor.
    • 16' Villa are keeping the ball but they look a bit stunned to have fallen behind.
    • 14' Dunne just bundled Bowyer to the ground and it was a straightforward decision for referee Foy.
    • 13' Foster prevents a corner as Blues look to preserve their lead. Jerome took advantage of a mistake by Collins to set up the penalty.
    • 12' GOAL! Sebastian Larsson calmly sends Friedel the wrong way from the spot with a neat side-footed spot-kick. Against the run of play but Birmingham lead.
    • 11' PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM! Jerome tees up Bowyer, who is floored by Richard Dunne.
    • 10' Bannan shows a neat touch on the right flank but the ball runs out of play for the young Scotland cap.
    • 9' Collins is in action in his own box to head away a first-time cross by Carr. Agbonlahor then screws a cross off target for Villa as they break quickly.
    • 8' James Collins' header is hacked away by Zigic from a corner as Villa are doing most of the probing so far.
    • 7' Agbonlahor is looking lively as he produces another cross into the danger zone. Villa fans will be glad he's back in the side, even more so than usual considering his record against Birmingham.
    • 6' Another poor Downing cross drifts behind the goal.
    • 5' Agbonlahor skins Stephen Carr with a beautiful piece of skill but his cross is mopped up at the back post by Ridgewell.
    • 4' Downing has been prominent early on but he mishits a cross straight to Ben Foster. Friedel survives a slightly nervy moment at the other end.
    • 4' Jerome cuts in from the left and unleashes a shot that is comfortably held by Friedel. Birmingham's first attempt of the game.
    • 2' Hogg is way off target from the corner. Things are still settling down.
    • 2' Stewart Downing's cross is deflected behind for the first corner of the game.
    • 1' There's an early touch for Brad Friedel who slows things down.
    • 1' We're underway - flakes of snow are still falling but things are about to get a lot hotter out on the pitch. Birmingham kick off.
    • 19.43 The atmosphere is bouncing at St Andrew's. The teams are coming out onto the pitch ready to do battle in front of a capacity crowd.
    • 19.39 Not long to go now - Birmingham fans are in expectant mood against their big rivals.
    • 19.34 We're reliably informed it is indeed Ridgewell in defence and not schoolboy starlet Redmond.
    • 19.26 It appears as though Liam Ridgewell is at full-back rather than young Redmond. Which does make a lot more sense. We'll just wait to get that confirmed but it appears as though the initial team list is wrong.
    • 19.20 There's a lot of experience on the Villa bench. John Carew, Robert Pires, Carlos Cuellar and Stephen Ireland, who had been doubtful, are all in reserve for Houllier's men.
    • 19.16 Just under half an hour until kick-off as the tension starts to build.
    • 19.12 It might be freezing but there's a lot at stake for the two clubs. Pride is one thing and bragging rights another but, with Arsenal and West Ham already through, there will only be four teams left in the competition come close of play tonight. Ipswich face West Brom in the other quarter-final.
    • 19.06 TEAM NEWS: Teenager Nathan Redmond starts for Blues but otherwise there's a lot of experience in McLeish's line-up with Cameron Jerome and Nikola Zigic forming a twin strikeforce. Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner is on the bench.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Redmond, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Taylor, Gardner, Derbyshire, Michel, Beausejour, Jiranek, Murphy. /// Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Clark, Hogg, Bannan, Downing, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Pires, Ireland, Carew, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj.
    • 19.02 Youthful trio Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Jonathan Hogg all feature in midfield. Both teams in full in just a moment.
    • 19.01 Gabriel Agbonlahor plays for Villa after recovering from a bout of gastoentiritis.
    • 19.00 Villa boss Gerard Houllier: "In football, we know that provocation is never punished. It's always retaliation that is punished. We have to make sure if we are being provoked, we have the nerve to stand up to the situation and not react."
    • 18.57 Chris Foy is to referee tonight's game - he's yet to produce a red card this season but that record could be put to the test in this spicy affair.
    • 18.53 Alex McLeish has promised to pick a stronger side than in previous rounds. "I'm not going to say we're going to win," reasons Big Eck. "I'm going to say we can win, we're capable of winning and we go into the game in fine fettle."
    • 18.45 The team news from St Andrew's should be available soon.
    • 18.43 We've got minute-by-minute coverage coming up on the Midlands derby in the Carling Cup quarter-finals as Birmingham host local rivals Aston Villa.
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL! For all Villa's pressure, it's Birmingham who score late on! Zigic bundles the ball past Friedel from Jerome's cross.
    • 81' Lightning pace by Agbonlahor sets up Ireland, Foster saves but Young looks certain to bury the rebound only for the ball to be blocked by a defender.
    • 77' A great piece of skill by Gardner allows him to rifle in a shot but he pulls at the effort and it doesn't match the trickery. It's got the fans on their feet again though.
    • 33' Zigic releases Jerome, who is clean through but dinks his finish agonisingly wide of the far post. A great chance for Blues to regain the lead.
    • 30' GOAL! Villa are level as Agbonlahor turns a right-footed shot wide of Foster and into the corner of the net. It's all happening here!
    • 28' DISALLOWED GOAL! Panic at the back for Villa and Brimingham think they've scored. The assistant referee flags for an infringement.
    • 12' GOAL! Sebastian Larsson calmly sends Friedel the wrong way from the spot with a neat side-footed spot-kick. Against the run of play but Birmingham lead.
    • 11' PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM! Jerome tees up Bowyer, who is floored by Richard Dunne.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Redmond, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Taylor, Gardner, Derbyshire, Michel, Beausejour, Jiranek, Murphy. /// Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Clark, Hogg, Bannan, Downing, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Pires, Ireland, Carew, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr Yellow Card
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann Yellow Card
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • L. Bowyer Substitution Out (65′)
      • S. Larsson Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • K. Fahey
      • N. Žigic Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy Substitution In88′
      • M. Derbyshire Substitution In90′
      • C. Gardner Substitution In65′
      • M. Jiránek
      • J. Beausejour
      • Míchel
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • L. Young
      • J. Collins Yellow Card
      • R. Dunne
      • S. Warnock Substitution Out (90′)
      • J. Hogg Yellow Card Substitution Out (90′)
      • C. Clark
      • B. Bannan Substitution Out (72′)
      • A. Young Yellow Card
      • S. Downing
      • G. Agbonlahor Goal

      Subs

      • J. Carew
      • R. Pires Substitution In90′
      • N. Delfouneso Substitution In90′
      • E. Lichaj
      • B. Guzan
      • C. Cuéllar
      • S. Ireland Substitution In72′
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