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On September 16, 2023, Villa Park hosted an intense Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. The game ended with Aston Villa grabbing a dramatic 3-1 victory. Although not entirely unexpected given Villa’s recent performance, the match highlighted their fighting spirit, and it certainly left fans buzzing.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Timeline
- 1 Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Timeline
- 2 Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Star Player
- 3 Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Super Subs Made It Happen!
- 4 Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Couldn’t Hold Their Palace!
- 5 Final Words
25’ – Ayew’s injury forces him off, making way for Mateta. This might prompt Edouard to take up a position on the right wing.
34’ – Diaby’s fantastic goal gives Villa the lead, courtesy of Torres’ precise pass. However, the excitement is tempered as VAR disallows the goal as Diaby is offside.
47’ – Palace takes the lead as Edouard nets a goal, courtesy of Mateta’s impressive setup. A slick pass from Mateta found Edouard in the center, capitalizing on Martinez’s slip. Score: Palace 1-0.
87’ – It’s a stunning equalizer for Villa! Digne’s pinpoint cross finds Duran in the box. He controls it expertly, swivels, and unleashes a left-footed rocket into the top-left corner. Villa level!
90+3’ – In the 90+3 minute, a penalty is awarded to Villa! Tielemans plays a slick pass to Watkins, who’s fouled by Richards in the box. VAR checks for a possible ball touch and the penalty stays!
90+8’ – It’s the match-winner for Villa! Douglas Luiz delivers a cool penalty, fooling Johnstone, and placing it into the bottom-left corner. Villa secures a dramatic 2-1 victory!
90+10’ It’s a clincher for Villa! A lightning counter, Diaby’s cross from the left, and Bailey calmly slots it home. A thrilling finish at Villa Park!
The Big Stat
Aston Villa avoids back-to-back losses
Villa, under Emery’s helm since last year, steered clear of back-to-back Premier League losses, a feat they’ve achieved just thrice. Their recovery from the Liverpool defeat was nothing short of impressive.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 16, 2023
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Star Player
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) – 8.70
Douglas Luiz delivered a standout performance in midfield for Aston Villa. He showcased his composure in possession, distributed the ball effectively, and displayed tenacity in winning duels. Luiz’s pivotal moment came with the winning penalty, sealing Villa’s dramatic comeback and securing all three points.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Super Subs Made It Happen!
Aston Villa displayed attacking intent throughout the game, with Watkins missing a golden opportunity in the first half. They had a goal disallowed by VAR but were unable to break through Palace’s resolute defense. Villa’s urgency in the late stages earned them a dramatic victory.
Aston Villa Player Ratings
- Emiliano Martínez – 7/10: Made crucial saves to keep Villa in the game.
- Matty Cash – 6/10: Missed a good scoring opportunity and had some defensive lapses.
- Ezri Konsa – 7/10: Defended well and made important clearances.
- Pau Torres – 6/10: Had a decent game but was not very impactful.
- Lucas Digne – 7/10: Provided an assist and was solid defensively.
- Boubacar Kamara – 6/10: Decent performance in midfield.
- Douglas Luiz – 8/10: Worked tirelessly in midfield and made key interceptions, also scored from the spot.
- John McGinn – 6/10: Showed some promise but was eventually substituted.
- Moussa Diaby – 8/10: Showed great attacking intent and got an assist.
- Nicolò Zaniolo – 6/10: Contributed to the attack but was later substituted.
- Ollie Watkins – 7/10: Missed a good chance but remained a threat.
- Youri Tielemans (sub) – 6/10: Came on but didn’t have a significant impact.
- Leon Bailey (sub) – 8/10: Scored a late goal to seal the deal for Villa.
- Jhon Durán (sub) – 8/10: Scored a late goal to secure a draw.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Couldn’t Hold Their Palace!
Crystal Palace defended admirably and capitalized on a moment of defensive lapse by Villa in the second half. Edouard’s clinical finish put them ahead. However, they were forced to defend deep as Villa pressed relentlessly, but ultimately couldn’t hold on for the win.
Crystal Palace Player Ratings
- Sam Johnstone – 8/10: Made crucial saves to keep Palace in the lead.
- Joel Ward – 7/10: Defended well and provided support going forward.
- Joachim Andersen – 7/10: Solid at the back and contributed to clearances.
- Chris Richards – 7/10: Made important defensive interventions.
- Tyrick Mitchell – 6/10: Had a decent game in defense and attack.
- Cheick Doucouré – 7/10: Worked hard in midfield before being substituted.
- Will Hughes – 6/10: Solid midfield performance with a yellow card.
- Jordan Ayew – 6/10: Tried to make an impact before getting injured.
- Eberechi Eze – 7/10: Created chances and had some promising moments.
- Jeffrey Schlupp – 6/10: Contributed to the attack and made a good pass.
- Odsonne Édouard – 8/10: Scored a vital goal and caused problems for Villa.
- Jean-Philippe Mateta (sub) 7/10: Provided assist for the first Palace goal.
- Naouirou Ahamada (sub): N/A
- Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (sub): N/A
With this victory, Aston Villa now stands two points ahead of Crystal Palace. Prior to this matchup, Villa was trailing them by just a single point in the standings.
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