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Shock win at Villa still fails to save Žilina

Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.36CET
Aston Villa FC 1-2 MŠK Žilina
Ten-man Žilina earned a famous victory, but it was not enough to keep their UEFA Cup hopes alive while Aston Villa progressed despite the loss.
Shock win at Villa still fails to save Žilina
Žilina celebrate taking a two-goal lead against Villa ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Aston VillaŽilina

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
3
Corners8
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed6
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.36CET

Shock win at Villa still fails to save Žilina

Aston Villa FC 1-2 MŠK Žilina
Ten-man Žilina earned a famous victory, but it was not enough to keep their UEFA Cup hopes alive while Aston Villa progressed despite the loss.

MŠK Žilina claimed a famous victory away to Aston Villa FC but it was not enough to keep their UEFA Cup hopes alive, while the home side progressed to the Round of 32 despite the defeat.

Ten-man effort

Two goals inside four minutes by Vladimír Leitner and Peter Štyvar set the Slovakian team on their way and although 17-year-old Nathan Delfouneso got one back for a largely second-string Villa side, the Premier League club could not draw level despite plenty of second-half pressure. Leitner was even sent off for Žilina who picked up their first win in the section at the fourth attempt.

Opener
Villa had won their previous two Group F games and started in confident mood, Zat Knight heading Ashley Young's corner firmly towards goal only for visiting keeper Dušan Perniš to tip over. However, Žilina struck first after 16 minutes when Leitner cut in from the left and curled in a cross that evaded both Knight and home custodian Brad Guzan to nestle in the far corner.

Delfouneso reply
Within three minutes the visitors had doubled their lead. Štyvar was the scorer, side-footing in after a flowing move involving Adauto Da Silva and Peter Pekarík. The home faithful were stunned, but Villa responded and cut their deficit before the half-hour mark. Knight's long ball was chested down by Marlon Harewood and Delfouneso pounced to volley in low from just outside the area.

Resolute display
Having started with only three first-team regulars, the hosts brought on Gareth Barry and Gabriel Agbonlahor as they searched for an equaliser, yet they struggled to break down a resolute Žilina defence. Leitner received a second booking for a challenge on Agbonlahor with eleven minutes remaining, but – even though Craig Gardner hit the post in stoppage time with a header – the ten men resisted to earn a first victory over English opposition.

Last updated: 05/12/08 12.43CET

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Lineups

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Aston Villa

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Žilina

22
GuzanBrad Guzan (GK)
22
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
20
Reo-CokerNigel Reo-Coker (C)
11
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
16
KnightZat Knight
4
VomáčkaBenjamin Vomáčka
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
2
YoungLuke Young
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
Goal16
Yellow Card62
Red Card80
26
GardnerCraig Gardner
6
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba (C)
17
SalifouMoustapha Salifou
Substitution68
12
JežRóbert Jež
Substitution90+3
27
OsbourneIsaiah Osbourne
Yellow Card29
Substitution65
3
PečalkaMário Pečalka
Yellow Card74
7
YoungAshley Young
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
14
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
Goal28
Substitution76
10
AdautoDa Silva Adauto
Substitution60
9
HarewoodMarlon Harewood
14
ŠtyvarPeter Štyvar
Goal19
Substitution86

Substitutes

1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
1
SemanMiroslav Seman (GK)
5
LaursenMartin Laursen
2
TesákLukáš Tesák
Substitution90+3
6
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution68
8
KaroglanMislav Karoglan
8
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution65
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution86
11
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Substitution76
19
BelákIvan Belák
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
25
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
Substitution60
47
ClarkCiaran Clark
20
ĎuricaMartin Ďurica

Coach

Martin O'Neill (NIR) Dušan Radolský (SVK)

Referee

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Erik Ræstad (NOR), Odd-Jarle Larsen (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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