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Litex Lovech

  • Popov 11’

Aston Villa

  • Reo-Coker 45’
  • Barry 72’ (pen.)
  • Petrov 90’

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  1. Villa lucky to beat Litex

    Villa lucky to beat Litex

    Aston Villa struggled to victory on their first visit to Bulgaria as they beat Litex Lovech 3-1 in their UEFA Cup first round first leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Litex Lovech
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+3' That's the final whistle, and Villa go home as 3-1 victors, but that doesn't tell half the story! Keep it right here for loads more LIVE UEFA Cup action coming right up!
    • 90+2' GOAL!! Litex can't hold on any more and Stilian Petrov finds himself free in the box to shoot. His first shot is saved but Golubovic can't hold onto the rebound and Petrov gets his goal and possibly kills off the tie. Hard luck on Litex!
    • 87' Villa are clearly already on the plane home. Stilian Petrov rolls a free-kick in a promising position out to Shorey, but it's overhit and out for a goal kick. One of the worst routines you'll ever see.
    • 84' Litex have got another free-kick, and danger-man Popov will take it. It's floated into the box... Headed clear by Villa. It will be interesting to see how Litex play at Villa Park. If they keep it to a one-goal deficit it could be a cracking return leg.
    • 82' Villa are breaking via Petrov and it's three on three! Petrov chooses to go right for Harewood, but the big striker scuffed his shot and the keeper can smother it on the ground!
    • 80' Stilian Petrov is the first Villa player to get a booking for a foul on substitute Acedo. He is booed by the crowd, no doubt for his previous association with Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia. Apparently he lost 8-0 on the only other occasion he played here, for CSKA.
    • 79' Barry gets a bit of a rest as he comes on for Moustapha Salifou.
    • 73' Reo-Coker comes off to be replaced by Wayne Routledge.
    • 72' GOAL!! No mistake from the Villa captain! Somehow, after being second-best for much of this match, Villa have the lead, two away goals and every chance of rfinishing the tie right here.
    • 71' PENALTY!! Milner's cross isn't cleared and Harewood nods it goalbound and Mihail Venkov punches it away! He has to go, and he does! Nine-man Litex could go behind as Gareth Barry steps up...
    • 68' Villa aim to make the most of their one-man advantage by bringing on Marlon Harerwood to partner Gabriel Agbonlahor up front. Craig Gardner - who in turth has had a 'mare today - is the man to come off.
    • 64' Substitute Francois Barthe makes an immediate impact as he sends a wicked cross to the far psot for Niflore... Palmed away in the nick of time by Friedel! Excellent goalkeeping, as you might expect from the big American.
    • 60' It's a red card! Litex are down to 10 men for the last half an hour of this match! This could be the turn in lick that Villa were looking for.
    • 59' Cedric Cambon and Milner go to ground together in a heap, as the Frenchman pulled down the defender! He's already been booked...
    • 55' Since moving into the centre of the park, Reo-Coker has been the most offensive-minded Villa midfielder. He latches onto a long ball up, beats one man and shoots from the edge of the box, but it's a tame effort.
    • 50' Barry misplaces a square ball in midfield and Litex look to set up a counter, but Petrov does well to stop the next wave of ornage shirts pouring forward.
    • 50' The home side are looking full of confidence at the moment, with all of their attacking players offering feints and flicks for the crowd to enjoy.
    • 46' The second half is underway with no changes as yet.
    • 45+1' That equaliser came right before the half-time whistle! Villa can count themselves fortunate to be level against the hosts.
    • 45+1' GOAL!! Villa are level! Only goalkeeper Golubovic knows why he's come so far out from his goal, but his clearance ricochets off a defender and Nigel Reo-Coker is there to roll into the empty net! That's Reo-Coker's second in a week!
    • 45' Laursen lets an elementary low pass forward escape him and Popov pounces! He goes round Friedel... Into the side netting! Should have been 2-0!
    • 41' Litex win another free-kick, in a similar position to the one that produced the goal. Tome wil GO FOR GOAL... The right-footed curler is well over the bar. He looks a very useful player, despite that frankly rubbish effort.
    • 40' Another wonderful break forward from Litex, and Tome's cross in is a deadly one and it gets stuck underneath Cuellar's fett! Luckily there is nobody close enough to take advantage and the Spaniard clears.
    • 36' Agbonlahor can break following a Litex corner. He is crowded out by two men and is forced to turn around 180 and pass back. He's been marked out of this game so far.
    • 33' Wellingtome sprays the play out to Dudu who strikes first time... A good volley with the outside of his boot, but a routine save for Friedel in the end.
    • 30' Luke Young's tackle sends the ball looping into the air and it will fall for MANOLEV TO SHOOT... He sends his effort into the stands.
    • 27' That disallowed goal has boosted Villa somewhat, and they are playing with more intent now. Gardner, who was being given a torrid time on the right of midfield by Tome and Venkov, swaps positions with Reo-Coker.
    • 24' Wait... It's been ruled out for offside! The linesman put his flag up because Craig Gardner was in an offside position at the far post. Was he interfering? Probably not. It remains 1-0.
    • 24' GOAL!! Good football from Villa. Milner checks onto his right and sends in a cross for BARRY TO HEAD IN THE EQUALISER!!
    • 21' Villa are starting to get a bit more joy out wide, with Agbonlahor leaving his central position to come out and receive the ball. His ball in is hacked away before Gardner's cross on the opposite side is caught by the keeper.
    • 17' Gareth Barry chases down a long ball on the left wing, but the Villa captain tugs the full-back's shirt fighting for the ball and gives away the foul. Their best hope looks like getting Milner or Agbonlahor in behind the defence, but so far niether have hardly had a touch.
    • 15' Litex are all over Villa at the moment. Thier Brazilian trio are running rings around the visitors playing in an umfamiliar formation. Tom goes on an excellent run, beating two men before being blocked by Shorey.
    • 13' The crossfield ball from Litex should be Gardner's but he mistimes his jump and Dudu is in! He goes for the first-time shot... Blocked well by Cuellar!
    • 11' GOAL!! Ivelin Popov curls the free-kick in looking for a touch but it beats everyone and goes in! Friedel was rooted to the spot! Villa are a goal down!
    • 10' Sandrinho bursts forward and goes over following the challenge from Reo-Coker right on the edge of the box! Reo-Coker appeared to win the ball but never mind. Popov will shoot...
    • 7' Shorey feeds Milner n the left-hand side and he swings a cross over for Agbonlahor, but the Litex defence clear. Nice, open start to this match.
    • 6' Another Brazilian, Tom, dips in from the wing and lays the ball across for POPOV TO SHOOT... The strike comes from distance and it skims the turf and wide.
    • 3' Lovech win a corner, and it's Brazilian Dudu who will take it. He tries to fire it in to the near post but it rebounds off a Litex forward and out for a goal kick.
    • 1' The match is underway!
    • 15:16 Villa boss Martin O'Neill is without big striker John Carwew and assist-machine Ashley Young, who are both out through injury. Defender Carlos Cuellar makes his Villa debut while James milner gets his first start since moving from Newcastle.
    • 15:15 Today's match at the Lovech Stadium in Bulgaria is the first of six involving British clubs, and you can follow them all here LIVE!
    • 15:12 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s LIVE coverage of Litex Lovech v Aston Villa in the UEFA Cup first round!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL!! Litex can't hold on any more and Stilian Petrov finds himself free in the box to shoot. His first shot is saved but Golubovic can't hold onto the rebound and Petrov gets his goal and possibly kills off the tie. Hard luck on Litex!
    • 82' Villa are breaking via Petrov and it's three on three! Petrov chooses to go right for Harewood, but the big striker scuffed his shot and the keeper can smother it on the ground!
    • 72' GOAL!! No mistake from the Villa captain! Somehow, after being second-best for much of this match, Villa have the lead, two away goals and every chance of rfinishing the tie right here.
    • 71' PENALTY!! Milner's cross isn't cleared and Harewood nods it goalbound and Mihail Venkov punches it away! He has to go, and he does! Nine-man Litex could go behind as Gareth Barry steps up...
    • 64' Substitute Francois Barthe makes an immediate impact as he sends a wicked cross to the far psot for Niflore... Palmed away in the nick of time by Friedel! Excellent goalkeeping, as you might expect from the big American.
    • 60' It's a red card! Litex are down to 10 men for the last half an hour of this match! This could be the turn in lick that Villa were looking for.
    • 45+1' GOAL!! Villa are level! Only goalkeeper Golubovic knows why he's come so far out from his goal, but his clearance ricochets off a defender and Nigel Reo-Coker is there to roll into the empty net! That's Reo-Coker's second in a week!
    • 45' Laursen lets an elementary low pass forward escape him and Popov pounces! He goes round Friedel... Into the side netting! Should have been 2-0!
    • 24' Wait... It's been ruled out for offside! The linesman put his flag up because Craig Gardner was in an offside position at the far post. Was he interfering? Probably not. It remains 1-0.
    • 24' GOAL!! Good football from Villa. Milner checks onto his right and sends in a cross for BARRY TO HEAD IN THE EQUALISER!!
    • 11' GOAL!! Ivelin Popov curls the free-kick in looking for a touch but it beats everyone and goes in! Friedel was rooted to the spot! Villa are a goal down!

Live Team Line-Up

  • Litex Lovech

    Starting line-up

    • U. Golubovic
    • C. Cambon Red Card
    • M. Venkov Red Card
    • P. Nikolov
    • D. Berberovic
    • I. Popov Goal
    • Dudu
    • S. Manolev
    • Tom
    • W. Niflore
    • Sandrinho

    Subs

    • T. Todorov
    • K. Bibishkov
    • M. Cvetanov
    • Du Bala

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Aston Villa

    Captain: Gareth Barry

    Starting line-up

    • B. Friedel
    • L. Young
    • C. Cuéllar
    • M. Laursen
    • N. Shorey
    • G. Barry Substitution Out (78′)
    • S. Petrov Goal Yellow Card
    • C. Gardner Substitution Out (67′)
    • N. Reo-Coker Goal Substitution Out (73′)
    • J. Milner
    • G. Agbonlahor

    Subs

    • Z. Knight
    • N. Delfouneso
    • B. Guzan
    • I. Osbourne

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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