Aston Villa 0 - 1 Liverpool

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 24/08/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref: M Clattenburg Att: 42,098

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Daniel Sturridge 21

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  • Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1. All over and the visitors take the spoils. Back-to-back wins for them, successive defeats for Villa.

  • Sturridge trying to hold on to the ball, but can't. Pushing and shoving with Luna. Last chance for Villa to snatch something. El Ahmadi into Vlaar. Bacuna sends over a cross, Toure clears and then the flag goes up against Agbonlahor. That should be it.

  • Benteke helps a long ball on, but Toure can hack clear. Tonev then gets around Enrique, but puts far too much on his cross and the ball sails out for a throw on the other side of the field. Johnson taking his time.

  • Sturridge back on the deck. Liverpool in no hurry to get play going again. When they do Sturridge heads for the corner flag, but ends up running out of play. Still time for Villa.

  • Three minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Sturridge touches on for himself. He chases into the box, where Guzan comes to meet him. Sturridge goes down, but then bounces back up. Clattenburg gives nothing. Looking at it again, Guzan did get a hand to the ball.

  • Lucas tracks back with Agbonlahor, but puts in a challenge from behind which sends the Villa man sprawling. Lucas into the book. Tonev takes the free-kick. He goes for goal from 35-yards out, but fires well off target. Bit of a waste.

  • Sturridge all alone in the Villa half for Liverpool. He is joined by Henderson, who hooks over a cross. Allen there to touch on, but no-one has broken into the box.

  • Sturridge has two defenders at his back, but wins a throw. Relief for Liverpool. They can't keep hold of the ball and Benteke is picked out again on the edge of the box. No room in which to work.

  • Benteke draws a smart save from Mignolet. El Ahmadi able to win a free header and drop the ball into Benteke's path. His stinging volley is parried behind. Corner comes to nothing.

  • Space for Henderson to run into. He finds Gerrard, but his touch is a little heavy and he is left on the deck as Villa run the ball back across halfway.

  • Rodgers now looking a little nervous. He has looked to tighten things up, but needs his team to get hold of the ball and push Villa back. Hosts knocking on the door on a regular basis.

  • Final change for Villa. They have turned to towering frontman Helenius, who replaces Westwood. Second switch by Liverpool sees Allen sent on in place of Coutinho.

  • Tonev plays a pass into Sturridge, who finds himself in a right-back position. Villa come again and Enrique has to head anywhere as a dangerous cross is fired into the box. Liverpool offering nothing going forward.

  • Delph races after a ball played into space, but can't catch up with it and it rolls out of play. Villa looking for one golden opportunity. Can they carve one out?

  • Benteke goes down in the box claiming a push. Clattenburg not convinced. Toure was with him. He gave him a nudge, but nothing more. Benteke then flagged offside.

  • Okore pushing forward again, with Liverpool leaving just Sturridge up top. He is able to tee up Tonev, who works Mignolet with a low drive. The Liverpool keeper gets himself into a mess with Agger, and Villa win a corner.

  • Luna allowed to push on. He runs in a circle, but manages to escape Sturridge and cross. Liverpool deal with the delivery and Gerrard then fires a clearance into Luna and out for a throw.

  • Okore able to run the ball out for Villa. Liverpool sitting very deep. They are standing firm, with Gerrard crunching into another challenge on Tonev. The Reds aren't going to let their lead slip without a fight.

  • Cissokho tries to run around Bacuna, but the Villa man goes to ground to put in a tackle. Good strength from Cissokho who is a useful option to shore things up on the flanks.


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