Aston Villa will face CSKA Moscow in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, with the quarter-final draw following shortly from Nyon, Switzerland.
Moscow, who won this tournament in 2005, qualified having won their league without dropping a single point; however their results suggest that they do not win convincingly with a number of late late goals sealing the points for the Russians. One of their most notable players is a certain Brazilian by the name of Vagner Love.
Villa`s 3rd place finish in the group stages meant that Martin O`Neill`s side would be pitted against a group winner, something that the manager didn`t seem to worry about given his team selection for that bizarre Wednesday night in Hamburg.
The tie is to be played over two legs, with the first coming on the 18/19 and the second leg on the 26 February 2009.
The draw, in full:
Paris St Germain v Wolfsburg
FC Copenhagen v Manchester City
NEC Nijmegen v Hamburg
Sampdoria v Metalist Kharkiv
Braga v Standard Liege
Aston Villa v CSKA Moscow
Lech Poznan v Udinese
Olympiakos v St Etienne
Fiorentina v Ajax
Aalborg v Deportivo La Coruna
Werder Bremen v AC Milan
Bordeaux v FC Galatasaray
Dynamo Kiev v Valencia
Zenit St Petersburg v VfB Stuttgart
Marseille v FC Twente
Shakhtar Donetsk v Spurs
We now await the draw for the quarter final stages in this, the last tournament before the UEFA Cup becomes no more, becoming the Europa League for next season. As always Vital Villa will keep you right up-to-date with the draw!
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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