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C. Hourihane (14)
M. Boyes (17 og)
J. Kodjia (37)
J. Kodjia (45)
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That brings an end to our coverage of the EFL Cup quarter-final clash between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!
Aston Villa will find out who they face in the semi-finals following the conclusion of Wednesday’s EFL Cup matches. Their next match, meanwhile, is at home to Southampton in the Premier League. Liverpool, on the other hand, are back in action tomorrow when they face Monterrey in the Club World Cup.
Following a highly entertaining game, Aston Villa progress to the EFL Cup semi-finals. After a goal from Hourihane and an own-goal from Boyes saw the hosts burst into a two-goal lead after just 17 minutes, a brace from Kodjia extended Villa’s lead to four on the stroke of half-time. The away side sought to mount a comeback in the second half, but Nyland made a string of top-drawer saves before Wesley added a fifth one minute from time to secure the Villans place in the next round.
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FULL TIME: ASTON VILLA 5-0 LIVERPOOL
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Trezeguet has been a constant threat down the left flank and, on this occasion, played a perfectly-weighted pass beyond the Liverpool defence for Wesley to chase and then finish. Game over.
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GOAL! Wesley makes it five! A swift counter down the left-hand side of the field resulted in Trezeguet playing Wesley through on goal, and the forward found the bottom right corner with a low, curing effort from the centre of the box. 5-0.
There will be two added minutes at the end of this match.
Chirivella wins a free-kick deep inside the Liverpool half following a late tackle from Luiz.
DOUBLE SAVE! Following some quick play, Gallacher fired Elliott’s knockdown straight at Nyland before the Villa goalkeeper quickly dived down to his left to keep out Clarkson’s header from the centre of the box.
SIDE NETTING! Elliott once again scoops a wonderful throughball over the top of the hosts’ defence which Clarkson can only fire into the side of Nyland’s goal from an acute angle.
Following that earlier injury, Hoever is forced off and is replaced by Norris. There are eight minutes of normal time left to play.
Liverpool are once again seeing plenty of the ball as Villa are content to just keep their shape in the closing stages.
If the result stays the same, then Villa will reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign.
The Reds also opt to make a further substitution as Clarkson comes onto the field to make his debut in place of Christie-Davies.
The hosts make their second change as Chester is replaced by Hause.
There will be a brief stoppage in play as Hoever is down and in need of treatment. The defender looks in some discomfort on the touchline.
GOOD STRIKE! Lansbury unleashes a fierce strike from the edge of the box which Kelleher parries to safety from the centre of his goal.
Wesley almost makes an immediate impact after getting away from Gallacher down the right wing and sending the ball across the box, but Trezeguet just failed to connect with the low cross.
Smith makes his first alteration of the match as Kodjia, who scored a first-half brace, is replaced by Wesley. There are 17 minutes of normal time left to play.
JUST WIDE! Kane sees an effort from distance fly a few inches wide to the left of Nyland’s near post.
SMART SAVE! Luiz feeds the ball in behind Hoever for Trezeguet to chase. The winger shows good pace to burst away from Van den Berg before Kelleher gets down quickly to his left to deny the Egyptians well-struck effort across goal.
Villa have had more shots in the second half (4) than they had in the first (3), yet have scored no goals.
OPENING! Elliott plays a clever one-two with Bearne before clipping a throughball over to the left for Kane. The midfielder peels away from El Mohamady, but his tame header is easily saved at his near post by Nyland.
The away side make their first substitution of the match as Bearne comes on to replace Longstaff. It remains 4-0.
CHANCE! After some bright play down the left-hand side, the ball breaks to Trezeguet in the centre of the box, but the winger gets under the ball and lofts his effort well over the top of Kelleher’s goal.
Trezeguet fires an effort from distance straight at Kelleher who was well positioned to make a simple save.
Kodjia forces a superb save from Kelleher after being played in by Lansbury, but the flag eventually goes up for offside.
Gallacher’s searching ball over the top of the Villa defence just evades Longstaff and Nyland easily claims the delivery.
Through scoring twice in the first half, Kodjia secured his first brace since August 2018.
WIDE! After a corner from the left is punched to the edge of the box by Kelleher, El Mohamady strikes the loose ball wide of the far post.
GREAT SAVE! Boyes tries his luck with a first-time effort from the edge of the box. The defender’s left-footed drive deflects off Kane and somehow Nyland readjusts to make a point-blank save and send the ball behind for a corner.
Longstaff flicks the ball into the path of Hill after receiving a pass from Gallacher, but the young forward is quickly outnumbered, and Villa regain possession just inside their own box.
Trezeguet is impeded by Hoever in an aerial duel and Smith’s team win a free-kick in their own defensive third.
The visitors have started the second half much like they finished the first in regards to keeping hold of the ball. Chirivella continues to dictate play in the centre of the park.
Liverpool have conceded four first-half goals for the first time since they faced Stoke in the Premier League back in May 2015.
We are back underway! Mason, the referee, blows his whistle and Liverpool get the second half kicked off.
The home side will be delighted with the scoreline thus far, but Smith will be hopeful that his side will show more control after the restart. Kodjia has been the main threat for Villa with Van den Berg failing to match his physicality throughout the opening half. Liverpool, meanwhile, will need to tighten up defensively if they are to deny Villa extending their lead further. Elliott has been the most dangerous player for the Reds and, if the away side are to mount a comeback after the break, then the winger’s battle with Taylor will be key.
After an end-to-end opening half, Aston Villa take a four-goal lead in at half-time. Despite a slow start, Smith’s side broke the deadlock after 14 minutes through Hourihane’s free-kick from the edge of the box, before a deflection from El Mohamady’s cross off Boyes looped over Kelleher three minutes later to double Villa’s lead. A quickfire double from Kodjia after 37 and 45 minutes respectively at the end of the half saw Villa move into a 4-0 lead on the stroke of half-time.
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HALF TIME: ASTON VILLA 4-0 LIVERPOOL
There will be one added minute at the end of this half.
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El Mohamady showed his experience there in weighing up his options in the middle before drilling a low cross perfectly into Kodjia’s path. Jota also deserves credit for his persistent in the move as Villa extend their lead just before half-time.
GOAL! Kodjia makes it four! Jota wins the ball on the edge of the box before laying it out to the right for El Mohamady. The full-back picks his head up and slides it into the path of Kodjia who fired beyond Kelleher and into the back of the net from the centre of the box. 4-0.
Hourihane’s corner evades everyone in the box and Liverpool are able to clear their lines.
Christie-Davies is shown the first yellow card of the match after catching Hourihane will a late sliding challenge in the centre of the park. He can have no complaints with that decision.
The Reds have now conceded the joint-most goals (8) in the EFL Cup, level with Crewe.
Jota has looked lively down the far side of the pitch and showed great awareness to react quicker than Van den Berg and set Kodjia through on goal. The forward did the rest in sealing a well-crafted Villa goal.
GOAL! The home side grab their third! Jota pokes a loose ball behind Van den Berg and sends Kodjia through one-on-one with Kelleher. The forward keeps his composure before deftly steering his shot beyond the Liverpool goalkeeper. 3-0.
Taylor is flagged for offside following a throughball played down the left flank by Kodjia.
The away side continue to enjoy bright spells of possession just inside their own half as they look to make something happen. Chirivella attempts to float a lofted throughball into Elliott, but the winger is unable to bring the pass under control on the edge of the Villa box.
Jota slides the ball down the left flank for Hourihane and, despite having time to pick out Kodjia in the middle, the Irishman drives his low cross out of play for a goal-kick.
Jota looks to send the ball down the right-hand side of the pitch for Lansbury to chase, but the flag was up for offside against the midfielder.
With an average age of 19 years & 182 days, Liverpool have named their youngest ever starting line-up for a competitive game in all competitions.
GOOD SAVE! Elliott continues to cause Taylor problems as he this time chips the ball beyond the defender and into the path of Christie-Davies. From the right side of the box, the Liverpool midfielder forces Nyland into a smart save following his close-range effort.
Hoever stands his ground to reclaim possession from Taylor with the Villa full-back looking to advance into the penalty area after a strong run down the near side.
Kodjia looked to get the run on Boyes after a throughball from Trezeguet, but Kelleher was once again quickly off his line to clear the danger.
Only Burton's Liam Boyce (5) has scored more goals in the EFL cup this season than Conor Hourihane (4).
JUST WIDE! Elliott works a short corner routine to Hoever on the edge of the box, and the Dutchman’s well-struck effort deflects just wide of the near post off Kodjia.
OWN GOAL! The home side quickly double their lead! After some bright play from Villa, El Mohamady’s cross from the right deflects off Boyes before looping over Kelleher and dropping into the bottom left corner. 2-0.
Lansbury breaks free down the right side of the penalty area before steering a low pass across goal and beyond Kodjia.
GOAL! Villa take the lead! Hourihane whips in the resulting set-piece and it goes beyond everyone in the penalty area before finding the bottom left corner. 1-0.
Villa win another free-kick on the edge of the box after Kane was adjudged to have handled the ball.
Hoever fouls Trezeguet and the hosts win a free-kick in a dangerous position down the left wing. Hourihane’s out-swinging delivery is confidently punched to safety by Kelleher.
OPENING! Following a corner from the right, Christie-Davies hooks the ball down the right side of the Villa penalty area for Kane, who sees his low shot well saved by Nyland.
SAVE! Elliott picks the ball up down the right flank before cutting inside and forcing a smart save from Nyland at his near post.
After some good pressing high up the park, Christie-Davies lays the ball off to Kane on the edge of the box. The midfielder controls the pass well before lashing a left-footed effort wide of Nyland’s near post.
Hourihane’s low, driven cross from the left is hooked to safety by Van den Berg with Kodjia lurking on the penalty spot.
Elliott flicks the ball beyond the Villa defence and into the path of Longstaff, but the referee’s assistant has his flag up for offside against the striker.
Kelleher just beats Kodjia to Chirivella’s back pass before clearing the ball down field from the edge of the box.
Kodjia looks to skip beyond Gallacher down the far side of the field, but the Liverpool defender shields the ball well and wins a goal-kick.
Kick off! The referee, Lee Mason, blows his whistle and Villa get the game underway.
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Villa Park.
This is only the second EFL Cup meeting between Aston Villa and Liverpool, with the other coming in the 2002/03 quarter-final. The Reds won 4-3 on their way to winning the competition that season.
Villa come into this clash having scored 11 goals in their last three EFL Cup matches thus far. The home team, however, have failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions and have managed to keep just two clean sheets all season. Liverpool, meanwhile, have found the net on seven occasions in this tournament and come into this quarter-final clash having won eight of their last nine games. Despite fielding a much-changed team, the Reds can extend their winning run to six successive matches with a win over the Claret and Blue.
Dean Smith makes 10 changes to his side that lost to Sheffield United last time out with only Lansbury retaining his place in the starting team. Liverpool, on the other hand, are forced into making 11 changes with the bulk of their squad in Qatar for the upcoming Club World Cup. Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, each of whom started against Watford in the Reds’ last Premier League fixture, are all unavailable to stand-in manager, Neil Critchley.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Ben Winterbottom, Tom Clayton, James Norris, Leighton Clarkson, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Jack Bearne, Layton Stewart.
ASTON VILLA SUBS: Lovre Kalinic, Frederic Guilbert, Kortney Hause, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Caoimhin Kelleher; Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg, Morgan Boyes, Tony Gallacher; Pedro Chirivella, Herbie Kane, Isaac Christie-Davies; Harvey Elliott, Tom Hill, Luis Longstaff.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Orjan Nyland; Ahmed El Mohamady, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, James Chester, Neil Taylor; Henri Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane; Jota, Trezeguet, Jonathan Kodjia.
The hosts are looking to continue their fine cup form after beating Wolves 2-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals. Liverpool, meanwhile, secured their spot in the last eight of the EFL Cup after beating Arsenal on penalties after a thrilling 5-5 draw in the previous round.
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