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Opening volley fires Villa to victory

Published: Thursday 14 August 2008, 21.25CET
FH Hafnarfjördur 1-4 Aston Villa FC
Two goals in the first six minutes set Villa on the way to a convincing triumph over their Icelandic opponents.
Opening volley fires Villa to victory
Ashley Young was one of four goalscorers for Villa ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FHAston Villa

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2008, 21.25CET

Opening volley fires Villa to victory

FH Hafnarfjördur 1-4 Aston Villa FC
Two goals in the first six minutes set Villa on the way to a convincing triumph over their Icelandic opponents.

Two goals in the first six minutes helped Aston Villa FC put one foot into the UEFA Cup first round after a convincing 4-1 away win against FH Hafnarfjördur.

Four-star Villa
Gareth Barry scored the first on three minutes and Villa took control of the tie soon afterwards through Ashley Young's effort. Gabriel Agbonlahor increased the visitors' advantage and although Matthias Gudmundsson reduced the arrears, Martin Laursen added a fourth.

Disrupted gameplan
The home side's coach, Heimir Gudjónsson, had talked before the match of making life difficult for the English club, but before they could put their gameplan into action, Villa were ahead, Barry poking in following Young's cross. Then the latter broke away and shot across goalkeeper Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose touch could not prevent the ball creeping in off the post.

Big advantage
After the shock of falling two goals behind, FH created a couple of good chances before Agbonlahor added a side-footed third in the 38th minute. The Icelandic outfit did strike on the stroke of half-time, Tryggvi Gudmundsson's excellent cross reaching his namesake Matthias who nodded home, but Laursen's header restored the three-goal cushion and despite further half-chances for both teams, it is Villa who will be the overwhelming favourites to progress when the two teams meet again on 28 August.

Last updated: 15/08/08 9.53CET

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Lineups

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FH

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Aston Villa

12
G. SigurdssonGunnar Sigurdsson (GK)
1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
11
GudnasonAtli Gudnason
Substitution75
5
LaursenMartin Laursen (C)
Goal64
21
SverrissonBjörn Sverrisson
Yellow Card81
6
BarryGareth Barry
Goal4
Yellow Card55
8
D. VidarssonDavíd Vidarsson (C)
Substitution63
7
YoungAshley Young
Goal7
Substitution71
3
SiimDennis Siim
9
HarewoodMarlon Harewood
27
ValgardssonHjörtur Valgardsson
11
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Goal38
Substitution76
2
EirikssonHöskuldur Eiriksson
Substitution75
15
DaviesCurtis Davies
16
M. GudmundssonMatthias Gudmundsson
Goal45
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
Substitution66
10
VilhjálmssonMatthías Vilhjálmsson
20
Reo-CokerNigel Reo-Coker
4
NielsenTommy Nielsen
Yellow Card8
21
ShoreyNicky Shorey
9
T. GudmundssonTryggvi Gudmundsson
26
GardnerCraig Gardner

Substitutes

1
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
13
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
6
ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
Substitution63
14
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
Substitution76
24
SverrissonBirkir Sverrisson
16
KnightZat Knight
5
BjarnasonFreyr Bjarnason
17
SalifouMoustapha Salifou
Substitution66
14
SævarssonGudmundur Sævarsson
Substitution75
18
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Substitution71
7
J. GardarssonJónas Gardarsson
Substitution75
27
OsbourneIsaiah Osbourne
19
HallfredssonHákon Hallfredsson
48
BakerNathan Baker

Coach

Heimir Gudjónsson (ISL) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Radek Matějek (CZE)

Assistant referees

Antonin Kordula (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Roman Hrubeš (CZE)

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