Harewood strikes as Villa progress despite draw
Aston Villa 1 Litex Lovech 1 (Aston Villa win 4-2 on aggregate)
Friday 03 October 2008
Marlon Harewood struck his first goal of the season as Aston Villa booked their place in the group stages of the Uefa Cup despite being held at home in the second leg by their Bulgarian opponents. The former West Ham United striker broke the deadlock after 27 minutes only for the visitors to level matters shortly after the break through a controversial penalty from Wilfred Niflore.
The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill made six changes to the side that beat Sunderland at the weekend. Stiliyan Petrov captained the side and in came James Milner, Harewood, Zat Knight, Carlos Cuellar, Moustapha Salifou and Wayne Routledge.
Villa broke the deadlock after 27 minutes through Harewood's first goal of the campaign. Brad Friedel's long clearance was flicked on by Ashley Young into the path of Harewood who needed no second invitation to show his pace and clinical finishing.
He shook off the challenge of Plamen Nikolov before hammering a fierce shot into the corner of the net to stretch Villa's aggregate lead to 4-1.
The visitors equalised when, just after half-time, Wellington made a powerful run into the Villa box before going down after being challenged by Cuellar – but replays showed the former Rangers player had got a toe-end to the ball. Up stepped Wilfred Niflore to send Friedel the wrong way from the spot to ensure a draw on the night.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Friedel; Luke Young, Knight, Cuellar, Shorey; Routledge, Petrov, Salifou, Ashley Young (Osbourne, 85); Harewood, Milner. Substitutes not used: Guzan, Laursen, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Gardner.
Litex Lovech (4-4-1-1): Todorov; Manolev, Popov (Dos Santos, 85), Zanev, Barthe; Berberovic, Nikolov, Wellington (Angelov, 78), Dudu (Tsvetanov, 46); Sandrinho; Niflore. Substitutes not used: Golubovic, Angelov, Acedo, Bibishkov, Tsvetkov.
Referee: T Chapron (France)
Latest in Sport
Arsenal are so close to winning the Premier League, but sometimes Arsene Wenger holds them back, says Jamie Carragher
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
David Beckham reveals secret of his success: I 'stayed in to watch Match of the Day' rather than go out with friends on a Saturday night
Real Madrid vs Juventus preview: Juventus know they must attack to match past European glory
Two new members of Floyd Mayweather's The Money Team blag their way into entourage to celebrate to celebrate with Justin Bieber
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Ryan Gosling posts tribute to 'Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal' creator Ryan McHenry
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally