Aston Villa vs CSKA Moscow - Match Report
18/2/09 - 7pm K/O
Attendance: 38,038 (no sign of The Fear)
Following the sides poor display at Goodison Park on Sunday, Martin O'Neill would have been glad to see captain Gareth Barry return to the squad. The team lined up with Brad Guzan in goal and Nicky Shorey at left back which in turn, allowed Luke Young to revert to his preferred position of right back. Craig Gardner being pushed forward onto the right wing in the absence of James Milner.
The game started off well with Villa have the majority of the chances attacking towards the North Stand. Shorey and Ashley Young linking up particularly well down the left flank. After a few chances escaped the Villa, CSKA broke with a cheeky one-two which played Vagner Love through on goal and he took the chance really well. Guzan couldn`t prevent it, whether Friedel could have done better in the situation is up for debate I am sure.
The second half began with no changes for either side. Again Villa looked the better side, Gardner and Luke Young provided crosses from the right while Barry and Ashley Young provided them from the left. Carew and Agbonlahor both had a few opportunities but nothing looked likely to provide an equaliser.
Until the 69th minute, when a great combination of Agbonlahor, Barry and Ashley Young provided Big John Carew with an opportunity which he took superbly, firing home from just outside the six-yard box to make it 1-1.
Villa continued to press forward but were unable to get a second and the game finished one-a-piece.