Tuesday January 1, 2013 Day 21 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 2 - 2 Aston Villa

  • Routledge 9’
  • Graham 90’
  • Weimann 44’
  • Benteke 84’ (pen.)

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    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+5' They could win it here, but the initial shot is charged down and Agustien smashes the follow up well over the bar. Breathless end to a very good game.
    • 90+4' Goal! Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa - Graham smashes the ball from eight yards after his initial shot is blocked. Dyer does well to skip past a challenge and get in the cross. Mayhem in the box, but Graham stays cool.
    • 90+2' Benteke and Flores now come together. Flores is furious, claiming he's been hit in the face. There was an elbow there to be fair, should have been a red.
    • 90+1' Five minutes of stoppage time...
    • 90' Herd and Michu get involved in a little spat as the defender has his hand on the Spaniard's neck.
    • 89' Holman breaks and Villa push up to the halfway line. They're understandably looking to run down the clock now.
    • 88' Graham loops in a cross, cleared by Herd. All Swansea now though as they camp in Villa's half.
    • 87' Benteke once again holds off the challenge in the penalty area, but his cross is cleared. Dyer is fouled and Swansea are straight up the other end.
    • 86' Villa substitution: Jordan Bowery is on for Albrighton.
    • 85' Goal! Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa - And Villa are in front! Benteke sends Vorm the wrong way and this could be one hell of a comeback.
    • 84' Benteke goes up for the header and it's cleared off the line by Dyer! Dyer chases it out and brings down Weimann in the area. Penalty!
    • 83' Benteke is almost through, but Williams is back on the cover and he hoofs it clear at the expense of a corner.
    • 82' Barry Bannan comes on to replace the injured Westwood.
    • 81' Lambert is furious as Swansea don't give the ball back to Villa. Guzan palms away the initial shot and Dyer's follow up is high and wide over the bar.
    • 80' Westwood isn't going to be able to carry on here. No substitutiton yet though...
    • 79' Swansea substution: Britton is off for Kemy Agustien.
    • 78' Westwood is down after a really clumsy challenge from Michu. Looks to be in a lot of pain.
    • 77' Delph is taken out by Ki. The freekick is hit long to Benteke, who nods on but to no one in particular. He's won literally every header he's gone up for this afternoon.
    • 76' Davies wins the ball back quickly for Swansea. Benteke is charging about causing havoc both offensively and defensively at the minute.
    • 75' Hernandez cuts inside, plays it back out to Rangel who crosses in to Michu. The ball sort of hits him on the face - comedy gold - and Villa can clear.
    • 74' Rangel finds Hernandez, his volleyed cross has too much on it. This match is becoming nicely end to end.
    • 73' Swansea are now on the attack, but good defending from Clark and he releases Weimann. He darts up the right touchline and tries to find Benteke with a cross. Into the arms of Vorm though.
    • 72' Benteke chests the ball down in the area and fires a shot in over his body; a sort of half bicycle kick. It's blocked by Williams and Weimann is there to pick up the scraps. His shot is just wide of the far post.
    • 71' Benteke for the umpteenth time wins the ball in the air. He gets the return from Weimann, but for the umpteenth time this season is caught offside.
    • 70' Out for a corner as Dyer tricks his way to the byline. Taken by Ki, but easily cleared.
    • 69' Villa aren't letting Vorm play it short by pushing up high. They force him to hit long, but Swansea win the second ball anyway.
    • 68' Villa substitution: Stevens is replaced by Brett Holman.
    • 67' Weimann does well to hold the ball up. Benteke loses it though and Lambert is about to make a change...
    • 66' Another Swansea substitution: Routledge is off for Nathan Dyer.
    • 65' The wall does its job to repel Ki and Swansea build again from the back.
    • 64' Albrighton fouls his man just outside his own area. He should never have been in that position as he looked to turn rather than just clear.
    • 63' So a straight swap then for Swansea. Ki started the season really well, but has lost a bit of form recently.
    • 62' Graham does well to bring the ball down, but he can't find the pass. First change here...De Guzman is replaced by Ki.
    • 60' Guzan stretches out a hand to repel the header from Michu, and Benteke stays strong to clear the ball from danger.
    • 58' Graham is penalised for a foul, as is Benteke straight after. Handball, right on the edge of the area from Bennett. Probably should have been a penalty in truth.
    • 57' Britton with a rare misplaced pass, but Villa can't take advantage as Weimann, who once again has covered a ridiculous amount of ground, can't retrieve the long ball.
    • 56' Clark's back on his feet, but he's moving gingerly at best.
    • 55' Michu gets his head on a Rangel cross from deep. Easily caught by Guzan and Clark seems to have picked up a knock challenging for the ball.
    • 54' Lowton overhits the pass and it's straight out. A much more competitive start to this half than the last though.
    • 53' Lowton puts a low ball towards the far post. So much space for him there and he'll be disappointed noone was following that in.
    • 52' Lowton fails to control the ball and Swansea sweep up the other end. Villa are back in numbers though, but Graham still manages to twist in the box and hit a shot wide of the far post.
    • 51' De Guzman chucks in the freekick and it's a poor one, easily claimed by Guzan.
    • 50' No changes at the start of this half by the way.
    • 49' Rouledge cuts inside and there are two Swansea players who can attack it. In the end Graham leaves it to Hernandez, who slices well wide.
    • 47' Villa are pressing hard at the start of this half, but Swansea are continuing ot keep hold of the ball.
    • 46' An early freekick from Villa and Benteke once again wins the duel in the air. Weimann can't retrieve it though and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 45+1' De Guzman hits the freekick into the wall, Michu's follow up is well over the bar. Half time.
    • 45' An unjust scoreline here, but Swansea only have themselves to blame for some terrible finishing. Stevens is the 3rd Villa player to pick up a yellow and it's again in a dangerous position...
    • 44' Goal! Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa - Weimann gets on the end of a Benteke through ball that evades the attempts of Williams to intercept. The striker still has a lot to do to hit the far corner, but he drives it past the outstretched arm of Vorm.
    • 43' Delph overruns the ball and clatters into Britton, who once again has been quietly efficient in this half.
    • 42' Weimann goes down under the challenge of Davies as Benteke again nods on to his strike partner. He wanted the penalty, but there was really nothing in it.
    • 41' Weimann picks up a ludicrous yellow card as he kicks the ball away in anger as the linesman adjudges the ball to have gone out. He's got a point though; it didn't look like it entirely crossed the line.
    • 40' Ref Halsey books Clark for that foul on Routledge as the ball finally goes out of play.
    • 39' Britton keeps the ball under pressure well, the move is worked to Routledge who has come to the right. He's taken out, but advantage is played and the cross is easily cleared.
    • 37' Michu continues to pull the strings from deep as he sprays wide to Routledge. Good skill from the winger, but he plays the ball back inside and the move breaks down.
    • 36' Lambert is looking more than frustrated on the touchline. A big team talk facing him at half time here.
    • 35' Benteke gives the ball straight to Britton, and looks to blame someone else.
    • 34' Hernandez tries to loft one over for Michu, but easily cleared. Villa hit back as Delph powers through midfield, but Routledge is on the cover and helps to clear.
    • 33' Delph is caught in possession 30 yards from his own goal. Britton plays it for Michu, who cuts it back across goal, but there's no one there to take on the shot.
    • 32' Williams with a rare punt straight upfield to Guzan. That just about sums it up for Villa as Weimann scuffs a five yard pass straight out of play.
    • 31' Swansea have conceded the most goals from set pieces in the division. They've also scored the least.
    • 30' Hernandez wins a corner out by the corner flag and De Guzman puts it in. Cleared at the near post and his follow up is terrible; straight over the bar.
    • 29' Routledge skips inside and is fouled. No long balls from the home side though as they quickly get back underway with the short pass.
    • 28' Somehow, inexplicably, this game is still 1-0. Villa are just suicidally open here at times.
    • 27' Michu again finds the woodwork Brilliant play from Routledge to find Williams, who passes into Michu. A wonderful turn from the striker sets up the shot, but his left footed effort comes off the far post.
    • 26' Hernandez is caught by Delph and it'll be a freekick 10 yards inside Villa's half...played short and Villa quickly push out.
    • 24' Williams intercepts the through ball and plays back to Vorm who kicks long. The away side have settled now and it's a much more even game.
    • 23' Benteke is caught offside with the Swansea defence pushing up high. Villa are doing similarly so it's very compact at the minute.
    • 22' Respect again to the Villa fans, who kept up their tradition of clapping in the 19th minute in honour of club captain Petrov, who is fighting cancer.
    • 21' 74% possession to Swansea so far today. Graham picks out Rangel galloping up the touchline, he finds De Guzman, who crosses but easily cleared.
    • 20' Instead of going for goal, De Guzman plays square to Rangel. whose shot goes well wide of the far post.
    • 19' Clark with another terrible mistake as he passes straight into Graham, the ball bouces towards the area with both players giving chase. Clark eventually commits the foul and it's a promising freekick...
    • 18' Poor challenge from Delph, who's lucky not to go in the book. Benteke outmuscles Flores on the left touchline, cuts inside and gets a shot in on goal from 20 yards, but it's tame and easily saved.
    • 17' A glimmer of a chance for Villa as Benteke wins a couple of headers and gets the ball to Weimann. The striker can't quite skip past Chico Flores though and the ball is cleared.
    • 16' Short corner taken by Swansea, the cross from De Guzman comes in and Graham is all alone, but his header is straight at Guzan and he's offside anyway.
    • 15' Long ball for Michu who again has acres of space in the final third. he keeps it simple though and Swansea are content to keep possession.
    • 13' Britton with a lovely pass inside the left back for Michu, but the ball's cleared off the striker's shins and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 12' Just truly woeful defending from Villa in these opening minutes. That Michu one on one came from a suicidal pass across the defence straight from kick ff. Their confidence seems shot.
    • 11' Graham from eight yards out and he should really score, but his first time effort from a low ball across goal goes just wide. This should be three or four already.
    • 10' A minute later and Michu is now clean through! He hits the inside of the near post and it's back out, the Spaniard can't control it with the goal gaping.
    • 9' Goal! Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa - Routledge again goes through clear of the Villa defence. This time he takes it round Guzan and hits it into the empty net from a tight angle.
    • 8' Weimann gets in a shot at the near post, but it lacks the pace to really trouble Guzan.
    • 6' It was a wonderful piece of skill from Routledge to put himself clear for that earlier chance. A flick on the turn over Herd's head and his pace took him away from the defener.
    • 5' Michu almost plays in Graham, but his pass doesn't quite have enough on it, and again it's cleared to safety.
    • 4' Routledge is clean through as he goes one-on-one up against Guzan. The keeper stays tall though and Routledge's shot bounces off his chest. Mayhem in the box ensues, but it's eventually cleared at the back post.
    • 3' Albrighton loops one over for Weimann to chase, but there's way too much on it and it's straight through to Vorm.
    • 2' Neat early play from Swansea as De Guzman steps away from a couple of challenges, but Albrighton is back to clear for a throw.
    • 1' Swansea get the game underway and immediately play all the way back to Vorm. The keeper kicks long towards Michu, but Villa win it back.
    • 14:58 Villa are fielding their youngestt ever first 11 in the Premier League today. They've an average age of 23 and 119 days. Lambert's certainly not compromising in his faith in youth.
    • 14:55 Paul Lambert: "You've got to use that hurt and that feeling of being beat and you have to bounce back and that's something the lads will do. I see them every day and can judge what desire they have - and no-one was talking about that up until the Chelsea game. We fight and we keep going. I'm not going to beat them with a rod. You have to pick them up. They are the ones that are going to have to go again for us and we are going to have to lift them."
    • 14:50 Let me know your thoughts on the game through Twitter @TomEmburyD. How can Villa overcome the slump of all slumps against this free flowing Swansea side?
    • 14:45 It looks like both teams will be playing a 4-4-2, but both can also easily change into a 4-5-1, with Michu for Swansea often dropping deep, and Weimann able to do similar for Villa. You’d expect a decent game here; both teams are very open defensively, both like to get on the ball, and two of the best strikers in the division are on show.
    • 14:40 So Michu does start, but Danny Graham keeps his place after scoring against Fulham. Britton also returns, as does Vorm and Chico Flores. For Villa, Albrighton is making a rare start, Delph is back in after suspension, but they still have a massive injury list including experienced players in Darren Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor and Ron Vlaar.
    • 14:35 The teams are in - SWANSEA: Vorm, Davies, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Britton, De Guzman, Hernandez, Michu, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Monk, Ki, Agustien, Tiendalli, Schecter///ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Bennett, Herd, Weimann, Delph, Stevens, Westwood, Benteke, Albrighton. Subs: Given, Ireland, Holman, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj.
    • 14:30 Make sure you follow our official Twitter account @EurosportCom_EN for all the latest news, scores and goals as they fly in today.
    • 14:25 Villa are in a truly terrible run of form. They’ve lost their last three games and have conceded 16 goals without reply. That surely has to be some sort of Premier League record. A win and a couple of draws in Swansea’s last three games are keeping them in the top half of the table, level on points with Liverpool.
    • 14:20 Michu, perhaps the player of the season so far, is facing a late fitness test. It would be a shame if he didn’t make this match, he’d fancy bagging a couple against what has recently been a woeful Villa defence.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to Eurosport UK’s live minute-by-minute coverage of the Premier League clash between Swansea and Aston Villa from the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Goal! Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa - Graham smashes the ball from eight yards after his initial shot is blocked. Dyer does well to skip past a challenge and get in the cross. Mayhem in the box, but Graham stays cool.
    • 85' Goal! Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa - And Villa are in front! Benteke sends Vorm the wrong way and this could be one hell of a comeback.
    • 84' Benteke goes up for the header and it's cleared off the line by Dyer! Dyer chases it out and brings down Weimann in the area. Penalty!
    • 81' Lambert is furious as Swansea don't give the ball back to Villa. Guzan palms away the initial shot and Dyer's follow up is high and wide over the bar.
    • 72' Benteke chests the ball down in the area and fires a shot in over his body; a sort of half bicycle kick. It's blocked by Williams and Weimann is there to pick up the scraps. His shot is just wide of the far post.
    • 60' Guzan stretches out a hand to repel the header from Michu, and Benteke stays strong to clear the ball from danger.
    • 44' Goal! Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa - Weimann gets on the end of a Benteke through ball that evades the attempts of Williams to intercept. The striker still has a lot to do to hit the far corner, but he drives it past the outstretched arm of Vorm.
    • 27' Michu again finds the woodwork Brilliant play from Routledge to find Williams, who passes into Michu. A wonderful turn from the striker sets up the shot, but his left footed effort comes off the far post.
    • 11' Graham from eight yards out and he should really score, but his first time effort from a low ball across goal goes just wide. This should be three or four already.
    • 10' A minute later and Michu is now clean through! He hits the inside of the near post and it's back out, the Spaniard can't control it with the goal gaping.
    • 9' Goal! Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa - Routledge again goes through clear of the Villa defence. This time he takes it round Guzan and hits it into the empty net from a tight angle.
    • 4' Routledge is clean through as he goes one-on-one up against Guzan. The keeper stays tall though and Routledge's shot bounces off his chest. Mayhem in the box ensues, but it's eventually cleared at the back post.
    • 14:35 The teams are in - SWANSEA: Vorm, Davies, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Britton, De Guzman, Hernandez, Michu, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Monk, Ki, Agustien, Tiendalli, Schecter///ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Bennett, Herd, Weimann, Delph, Stevens, Westwood, Benteke, Albrighton. Subs: Given, Ireland, Holman, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj.
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