Thursday August 19, 2010 Play-off round Finished Gerhard Hanappi Stadion

Rapid Wien 1 - 1 Aston Villa

  • Nuhiu 32’
  • Bannan 12’

  1. Villa kids show worth in Vienna

    Villa kids show worth in Vienna

    A young Aston Villa side earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Rapid Vienna in their Europa League play-off at the Hanappi Stadion in Austria. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Rapid Wien
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+3 There's the final whistle. A good draw for Villa, who leave Vienna with a draw and an away goal.
    • 90+2 A succession of corners for Rapid, with the second seeing Gartler mis-cue his header and go down heavily as the crowd claim a penalty. No way.
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' Rapid piling it on now. Can Villa hold out?
    • 87' Wellman is in real pain actually, he's stretchered off the sidelines as some of his fellow Vienna folk hurl abuse at him. Really, that's not on, he's quite possibly fractured his ankle, and is a teenager.
    • 86' Warnock with an error bu Beye intercepts a through ball that would have sent Gartler clean through.
    • 85' Wellman's night is over just as it begun. He can walk, but not run, and will come off for Osbourne.
    • 84' Thankfully Wellman is on his feet after that fall. The Rapid fans show their countryman no love.
    • 83' Wellman is down in some pain after landing awkwardly. Seems like he turned his ankle. What a shame, on only minutes ago in his homeland, against the club that raised him.
    • 82' Free-kick to Rapid and Hoffmann puts in a beauty and they watch it fly on to Kazter's head but he puts it wide! Villa awful on set plays today but Rapid haven't made them pay!
    • 80' VILLA SUB: Albrighton, who has been excellent, is replaced by young Austrian Andreas Wellmann.
    • 79' Hoffman puts it in and Sonnleitner meets it but well wide.
    • 78' A straight ball runs away from Davies and off the defender for a corner. He complained about not being given a chance by O'Neill but, frankly, he's been mediocre tonight.
    • 77' Delfouneso shows remarkable pace to chace a very long ball down the right but he just fails to keep it in.
    • 76' Free-kick to Rapid, taken quickly and Hinum has a crack but he sends the drive well wide and over.
    • 75' Villa make a royal mess of clearing a simple ball as it ricochets into Gartler's path, he's clean through but fires straight at Guzan, who made himself big! What a chance!
    • 74' VILLA SUB: One kid for another as Bannan is replaced by exciting young Brummie forward Nathan Delfouneso.
    • 73' Bannan on the right shows good feet to find Lichaj, now REO-COKER but he thrashes the shot into the side netting! He got away from his marker but stumbled into the finish, was off balance.
    • 72' RAPID SUB: Salihi is off for Gartler.
    • 71' Good stuff from Villa as Lichaj gets upfield, sliding it across to Downing but cleared just in time.
    • 68' Villa ride that spell of Rapid pressure. The sting has been taken out of this game.
    • 66' Downing is furious at not getting the goal kick as the ball clearly hit Kayhan. Hoffmann's corner is barely cleared as Villa feel the pressure.
    • 65' Good passing play from the hosts as they use the width of the pitch.
    • 64' A delay in play as the ref has a word with Guzan, then the fourth official. Guzan was hit by a lighter, and is being sprayed with water. He takes the goal kick anyway.
    • 63' Hoffmann puts in the corner, Beya scuffs the clearance and Rapid have two chances to get one on target, but Kavlak's shot is blocked and Nuhiu smashes it over.
    • 62' Another corner to the hosts which Villa clear wide left. Rapid spread it to the right, a slip from Warnock lets Hoffmann in but he recovers to give away a corner.
    • 61' Nuhiu is harshly adjudged to have fouled Davies on the corner. The ref's generosity is non-discriminatory.
    • 60' Free-kick around 35 yards out but Hoffmann's delivery takes a touch off Katzer and then the ref gives a corner. Another poor call.
    • 59' Oh that's harsh on Villa, Kayhan lost the ball and Reo-Coker raced away but the ref bought Kayhan's dive and pulled play up.
    • 58' Guzan was booked earlier on for time wasting, I think.
    • 57' Bannan gives away a free-kick after pulling Soma down.
    • 56' Villa are hemming Rapid in now. Good response after a weak start to the second half.
    • 55' Good pressure from Villa as Downing finds Albrighton, great touch and shimmy but easy for the keeper, straight at him.
    • 54' Even more remarkably, Salihi is okay after a touch of the smelling salts. Albanians - well hard.
    • 53' How Guzan has stayed on the pitch and not given away a penalty is beyond me. He did a 'Schumacher' on Salihi, flying into his chest and face with his knee as he claimed a high ball.
    • 52' Alas the delivery does not match the endeavour, Downing's corner cleared.
    • 51' Good hassling by Downing to win a corner off Kayhan.
    • 50' Hoffmann with a clever ball wide but Villa hold a good line to draw the offside.
    • 49' Nuhiu is just offside. Villa seem to be a touch sluggish compared to the first half hour of this match.
    • 48' Hoffmann takes a rather theatrical tumble on the edge of the box, which the ref ignores.
    • 47' Hogg gets an early touch for Villa but cannot launch an attack. Reo-Coker slides in.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - If you're wondering why Rapid star striker Nikola Jevlavic is not playing tonight - the home side's president announced on the tannoy that he is indeed joining Rangers. More on that here.
    • - A year ago tomorrow saw Rapid beat Villa 1-0, with the English side crashing out of the Europa League. What money on revenge tonight?
    • 45' No stoppage time, 1-1 at the break.
    • 45' Albrighton wins a throw on the right. No he doesn't. Rapid ball. He looks perplexed.
    • 44' Hoffmann plays it into Salihi but he heads it over! Super cross.
    • 43' Hoffman to take this free-kick, just to the right of the D.... GREAT SHOT AROUND THE WALL but Guzan watches it and claims well.
    • 43' Davies leaves Salihi in a heap on the floor. 25 yards out this...
    • 42' The loose ball spins away after that chance but Villa win a free-kick much to the disgust of the home fans, who think Beye fouled Hinum.
    • 41' Almost a second for Rapid as Salihi flicks it in for Nuhiu, who gets ahead of Davies but just misses it! Villa riding their luck.
    • 40' Albrighton puts the ball in from the left but he sends it well wide of the queueing players and the far post.
    • 39' Heskey uses his body to win a free-kick after an admittedly poor ball in for him. Clever forward play.
    • 38' Good ball in from Hoffman again and Nuhio can meet it but he puts it well off target from the edge of the box.
    • 37' Davies puts it out for another corner as Rapid turn the screw...
    • 36' Rapid are passing the ball much better now.
    • 35' Decent ball in from the corner but Davies again clears.
    • 34' Good ball in again from Hoffman as Davies heads over his own bar.
    • 33' Reo-Coker with a super tackle on Hoffman but the ref says it's a foul and books him - one assumes for his reaction.
    • 31' GOAL RAPID! Villa caught out at the back, they were napping as Salihi nodded into the bottom left, across the keeper after a simple cross was defended dreadfully by Lichaj.
    • 30' Rapid have a throw on the left, attempting a little routine from it but Bannan is back defending to clear.
    • 29' Villa have a free-kick but no joy from Downing's delivery, beyond Heskey as it sails away.
    • 28' Villa look susceptible on set pieces as another one causes problems for Davies and co. Guzan claims though.
    • 26' Rapid are looking dangerous on the counter attack though, as Warnock is forced to clear.
    • 24' Downing pops up on the right as Albrighton cuts inside, it's a good ball from Downing but the keeper just beats Albrighton to it.
    • 22' Good pressure from Rapid but Villa are holding firm enough.
    • 20' WHAT A MISS! Nuhiu heads into the ground and over from point-blank range!
    • 19' Good ball in from a corner the left low to the edge of the box but the shot from Hinum is deflected out for a corner.
    • 18' Downing puts in the ball left-footed but too deep for the bodies flying in at the far post and the whistle went for a foul in the box anyway.
    • 17' Soma earns a yellow for a rough challenge on Albrighton. Downing to take the free-kick from the right.
    • 16' Heskey cannot make contact with the corner and it's out for a Rapid goal kick.
    • 15' Corner to Villa on the right as Albrighton again gives Katzer problems.
    • 13' Rapid win a throw on the left as they try to force a quick leveller. Reo-Coker tracks Kavlak though and wins a goal kick.
    • 12' Rapid rocked by that strike, although Bannan and Albrighton have been in superb form early on.
    • 11' VILLA IN FRONT! Bannan with a thrashed finish into the roof of the net after Albrighton on the right tore Katzer to shreds with a superb run and low cross. Soma left Bannan unmarked. Villa's kids ahead!
    • 10' Kayhan rules himself out of the return leg at Villa Park after a late tackle.
    • 9' Salihi goes down in the box but no penalty and Nuhiu with a wicked drive for the top right but a super save by Guzan!
    • 8' Beye, in a rare Villa start, wins a throw for his club after a spell of neat passing.
    • 7' Villa knocking it about well enough early on in this match.
    • 5' Guzan gathers easily after a decent move from the hosts sees Kavlak almost burst in.
    • 4' Bannan finds exciting young prospect Albrighton who puts in a dangerous ball, Heskey holds it up and Bannan shoots but he drills it just wide from 18 yards!
    • 2' Early free-kick for Rapid but easily cleared by Villa.
    • 1' Match underway in Vienna!
    • - Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)
    • - TEAMS: Rapid Vienna: Hedl, Sonnleitner, Heikkinen, Katzer, Soma, Kayhan, Hoffmann, Kavlak, Hinum, Salihi, Nuhiu; Subs: Payer, Patocka, Drazan, Gartler, Saurer, Dober, Pehlivan // Aston Villa: Guzan, Warnock, Lichaj, Davies, Beye, Reo-Coker, Albrighton, Bannan, Hogg, Downing, Heskey; Subs: Friedel, Delfouneso, Osbourne, Weimann, Clark, Lowry, Baker
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Aston Villa's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna, from 5.45 UK time.
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    Manager: Peter Pacult

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    Manager: Kevin MacDonald

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