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Tenacious Villa keep CSKA in their sights

Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 22.45CET
Aston Villa FC 1-1 PFC CSKA Moskva
A second-half John Carew goal pegged back the visitors in Birmingham, yet the dominant home side may live to regret a litany of missed opportunities.
Tenacious Villa keep CSKA in their sights
John Carew wheels away after slotting in Villa's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Aston VillaCSKA Moskva

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners8
 
1
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 22.45CET

Tenacious Villa keep CSKA in their sights

Aston Villa FC 1-1 PFC CSKA Moskva
A second-half John Carew goal pegged back the visitors in Birmingham, yet the dominant home side may live to regret a litany of missed opportunities.

A John Carew goal midway through the second half pegged back PFC CSKA Moskva in Birmingham, but Aston Villa FC may live to regret a litany of missed chances.

Determined comeback
The home side dominated throughout at Villa Park, yet were trailing for over half the match after a moment of supreme class from Vágner Love on 14 minutes, the Brazilian's ninth goal of this UEFA Cup campaign. It was a dream start for Zico in his first competitive match in charge of CSKA, and he would have been impressed with how his team dealt with wave after wave of Villa attacks before the pressure told 21 minutes from time, Carew meeting Craig Gardner's sentient drag-back and firing beyond the wrong-footed Igor Akinfeev.

Vágner Love class
Coming into the match without a competitive fixture in two months, CSKA looked a little ring rusty during the fractious opening stages. Vágner Love is never less than well-oiled, however. With tackles flying in, the Brazilian provided a moment of colour that stood out in the mire. Collecting a loose ball he twisted and turned into space, played a one-two with Alan Dzagoev and, having outstripped Zat Knight, coolly slotted beyond goalkeeper Brad Guzan. How Villa manager Martin O'Neill must have longed for such composure at the other end.

Villa pressure
The home team soon took the initiative as Ashley Young led a merry dance on the left flank but Gabriel Agbonlahor and Carew both passed up presentable headed opportunities. The profligacy was a sign of things to come as the hosts surged forward, Gardner going close after half-time when he headed Young's corner against the crossbar. Villa's attacking bent left holes at the back, and CSKA could have doubled their lead midway through the second period but the advancing Aleksei Berezutski applied a defender's finish to Vágner Love's clever lay-off. Two minutes later Carew had made it 1-1, leaving the tie wide open ahead of next Thursday's second leg.

Last updated: 19/02/09 11.12CET

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Lineups

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Aston Villa

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CSKA Moskva

22
GuzanBrad Guzan (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK) (C)
2
YoungLuke Young
Yellow Card88
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
15
DaviesCurtis Davies
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
16
KnightZat Knight
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
21
ShoreyNicky Shorey
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
26
GardnerCraig Gardner
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
Yellow Card39
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
6
BarryGareth Barry (C)
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution90
7
YoungAshley Young
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution90+2
10
CarewJohn Carew
Goal69
46
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Substitution80
11
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
9
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal14

Substitutes

1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
33
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
46
BannanBarry Bannan
5
RamónRamón
17
SalifouMoustapha Salifou
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution80
51
LowryShane Lowry
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution90
45
AlbrightonMarc Albrighton
14
Ricardo JesusRicardo Jesus
9
HarewoodMarlon Harewood
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
14
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Substitution90+2

Coach

Martin O'Neill (NIR) Zico (BRA)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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