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11 December 2012
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 26142
S. Morison 19'
B. Holman 21'
A. Weimann 79', 85'
C. Benteke 90'+
Thank you for joining us this evening. We hope you have enjoyed the match as much as we have.
Norwich have been stunned here, and this will come as a bitter pill to swallow for the fans, who must have forgotten what it feels like to lose a match recently. The fact that it comes at the hands of old boss Paul Lambert can only make it even more galling.
90' + 4'
And that's it! The referee calls time on an enthralling match at Carrow Road. Aston Villa are through to the semi-finals after a great comeback.
90' + 3'
Given makes a great save to keep out Leon Barnett's header.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
GOAL!!! The visitors have their fourth of the night as Christian Benteke gets the ball on the edge of the area and fires a low shot past a helpless Mark Bunn. Norwich have had no answer to the Belgian.
Andreas Weimann has made a real difference here, and appears to have put Villa through to the semi-finals with his two second-half goals.
GOAL!!!! Aston Villa are going through to the Capital One Cup semi-finals as they get their third of the night. Christian Benteke finds himself beating Mark Bunn and Leon Barnett to the ball in the area before laying it off for Andreas Weimann to get his second of the night.
Holt almost responds instantly, chesting the ball down and firing it against the bar. He was penalised for a foul there though.
GOAL!!! Villa have turned this game around, taking the lead from the substitute Weimann. The Austrian fires home Lichaj's cross after Bassong fails to cut the ball out and Benteke leaves it for his strike partner. How important was Given's save now?
Another chance for Morison! The striker gets up well to meet Snodgrass' corner, only for Given to tip his effort onto the bar. Unlucky there.
Delph's cross is well cleared by Bassong and Norwich break, but Morison can't find the right ball. They were two on two for a moment there.
Charles N 'Zogbia is on for Lambert's men after missing two months through injury. He has replaced Holman. What can he offer?
Snodgrass puts another dangerous ball into the box, which is cleared behind for a corner.
Holt is again making a nuisance of himself by harrying the Villa defenders, but is let down by a sloppy ball from Howson after he wins possession from Delph.
Villa are dominating possession in the Norwich half here, as Lichaj has another shot. It is well blocked though.
Tierney almost plays the hosts into trouble with a careless backheel, but Pilkington is on hand to save his blushes with a good tackle.
Snodgrass' cross is clawed out by Given. That was dangerous.
Howson is brought down by Delph on the edge of the box. Snodgrass steps up but hits the free-kick straight at Given. Disappointing by his standards.
The ball drops to Lichaj on the edge of the box after Given's long clearance is headed out by Bassong, but the American full-back hits it well wide.
Holt almost gets on the end of an under-hit back-pass, but it is just too far ahead of the Norwich striker. The Canaries have been closing their opponents down all night.
Johnson's poor attempted clearance falls to Holman, but the Villa man puts his shot well over the bar.
The second half have taken off from where the first period finished, with lots of goalmouth action at both ends.
Every time Norwich have attacked, Villa have responded excellently and they do so again as Andreas Weimann crosses from the right and Christian Benteke heads the ball into the far corner. However, this goal is too ruled out for offside.
This time Morison does manage to put the ball in the back of the net, but is correctly given offside after Holt plays him through once more.
Morison could have had a hat-trick today! He is played through by Holt and lifts the ball over Given, only to see his shot clip the top of the bar and go behind.
Another great chance for Morison! The ball is again crossed in and the Welsh international makes contact this time, but puts his header over the bar. Close for Norwich.
Howson's attempted through ball is well cut out by Clark for Villa.
No changes have been made by either manager after the break.
And we're back underway at Carrow Road, hoping for a second period as entertaining as the first.
What a match we have been treated to so far. Norwich took the lead through a good finish from Steve Morison, but Aston Villa immediately replied thanks to a great strike by Brett Holman. Since then, Villa were probably the better side and forced Mark Bunn into a plethora of top-notch saves, but Morison should have doubled his tally late on in the half, but he missed his kick from Robert Snodgrass' cross. If the second half is anywhere near that good, we will have had an amazing match.
45' + 3'
The referee has blown for half-time, with an exciting game evenly poised at Carrow Road.
There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half.
Half chance for Benteke, but he is closed down by the Norwich defence. Norwich break quickly and Morison shoots only for Given to turn the ball just wide. Great ball from Howson there.
Aston Villa have been excellent since their equaliser, and they look dangerous yet again here. Lowton marches forward unchallenged and then shoots from the edge of the area, but Mark Bunn saves the hosts yet again.
The game has become a little bit scrappy after a lively opening.
Great ball through to Holman but Norwich defend well at get the ball clear.
Heartbreak for Bent as a hamstring injury has ended his evening. He has gone off to be replaced by Andreas Wiemann. Just when he thought he could make a real statement to his boss.
Morison showing an uncharacteristic lack of bravery there. It was a great chance for the hosts to restore their lead.
Robert Snodgrass whips it into the danger area from the right, but Steve Morison completely misses the ball four yards from goal. What a chance that was.
Villa are just edging the possession here, but Norwich have looked dangerous going forward.
Fabien Delph has another effort from distance and it's well wide.
This time it's Morison with the cross, which is well headed away by Chris Herd. End-to-end stuff here.
Snograss' cross is turned away by Villa.
That goal has really brought Aston Villa to life. Darren Bent forces Bunn into another good save at his near post, before Christian Benteke fires from the edge of the box and the goalkeeper is again equal to it. Excellent game so far.
Christian Benteke with the flick-on there, he's been a handful so far.
And would you believe it? Villa have gone straight up the other end and equalised! Brett Holman scores a great strike from the edge of the box to pull things level.
Goal! Steve Morison puts the hosts in front, prodding the ball past Given
Norwich are putting pressure on Villa, closing them down at every opportunity.
Given is another Villa player who will eant to put on a good display, but he has looked rather shaky so far.
Bradley Johnson threads the ball through to Marc Tierney but Given comes out well to smother the ball.
Villa's Fabien Delph has a shot from distance which flies just wide via a deflection.
Another positive attack by Norwich as Anthony Pilkington gets in behind the right-back, but his shot is awful and goes out towards the right wing.
Grant Holt is down injured for the hosts, after getting in behind. He has left the field for treatment.
Bent will be desperate to make an impression tonight after getting a rare start.
Villa go straight down the other end and almost score! Darren Bent is through on goal but Mark Bunn comes out to make the save. Great start here!
Almost a goal straight away! Steve Morison's cross hits the inside of Given's post and bounces clear.
Referee Michael Oliver gets the game underway.
TEAMS Norwich: Bunn; R. Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney; Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass; Holt, Morison Subs: Rudd, Turner, Jackson, E. Bennett, Garrido, Francomb, Fox Aston Villa: Given; Lowton, Baker, Clark, Lichaj; El Ahmadi, Herd, Holman, Delph; Benteke, Bent Subs: N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Guzan, Bannan, Weimann, Williams
Lambert, on the other hand, has had a tough start to life at Villa, and is sure to get a rough reception from the Carrow Road fans after leaving in acrimonious circumstances. How times change...
However, new boss Chris Hughton has led the Canaries on a record nine-match league unbeaten streak, and now has a good chance of making the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
Norwich fans may have feared the worse when Paul Lambert left for VIlla in the summer after taking them from League 1 to Premier League mid-table, particularly after a some early thrashings.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's Capital One Cup Quarter-final between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road.
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