Date: 28th January 2020 at 9:49pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
2 – 1
Leicester City

Villa Park

EFL Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg

28/01/2020 7:45 pm

Attendance: 39300

Referee: Dean

Aston Villa Leicester City
Targett (12), Trezeguet (90+3) Iheanacho (72)
Nyland Schmeichel
Konsa
 
Soyuncu
 
Mings Evans
Hause Chilwell
Guilbert 84 Ndidi
Douglas Luiz
 
Ricardo Pereira
Nakamba Tielemans
Targett Maddison
El Ghazi 77 Barnes 86
Samatta 67 Iheanacho
Grealish Perez 56

Substitutes

Chester Justin
Lansbury Gray 86
Hourihane Vardy 56
Trezeguet 77 Albrighton
Elmohamady 84 Ward
Sarkic Benkovic
Davis 67 Praet

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 22
3 On Target 6
3 Corners 8
16 Fouls 15
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
38 % 62

Aston Villa welcomed Leicester City to Villa Park earlier this evening for our second leg EFL Cup semi-final clash.

With the scores tied at one apiece after the King Power Stadium clash, spirits were boosted when head coach Dean Smith named his starting XI as January capture, Mbwana Samatta made his competitive debut after receiving his work permit.

It was a bright start from the visitors, but Matt Targett took his chance 12 minutes in to give us the advantage and it should’ve been two, but a second from Samatta I’m reliably informed (I was grabbing a drink) was ruled out for offside.

Leicester definitely had their chances though and Orjan Nyland was in inspired form.

A lack of a clinical edge in the second half cost us as Samatta had another great chance but just wasn’t sharp enough, and although Leicester dominated chances, one sloppy bit of defending cost us again as Kelechi Iheanacho snuck in at the far post and made it count with 18 left on the clock.

Would we hold on, could we get a second or even take it to penalties?

Well hold on we did, and when Elmohamady sent in a late cross, Trezeguet made up for an earlier effort and made it 2-1 to us.

Mike Dean did look unhappy – Wes Edens didn’t and he wasn’t alone!

If you don’t mind me, I’m off to see what Gary Lineker thinks of the pitch invasion. Was it a good natured Cup invasion, or one of those things from the dark ages when he runs out of things to say?

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