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Aston Villa get first points with 2-0 victory over Everton




London, Aug. 23, 2019 Promoted Aston Villa earned their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi at Villa Park on Friday.

Villa’s Brazilian striker Wesley, signed in the close season for a club record 22 million pounds ($27.03 million), put them ahead in the 21st minute with a clinical finish after a perfectly timed through ball from Spanish midfielder Jota.

Everton, who could have claimed provisional top spot with a victory, went close to a first-half equaliser but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike was superbly cleared off the line by defender Bjorn Engels.

The Merseysiders, who have four points, struggled to turn their pressure into chances until manager Marco Silva introduced new signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi just after the hour mark.

Iwobi struck the post in the 82nd minute with a low drive through a crowded penalty and then fellow substitute and former Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott, missed a great chance – volleying wide at the back post from a Kean cross.

Villa, back in the top flight after a three-year absence, made sure of the win in stoppage time when, after a break led by Wesley, Dutch substitute El Ghazi slotted home. (Reuters/NAN)



Vardy back among goals as Leicester thump Aston Villa 4-0



Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scored twice as they returned to winning ways with a 4-0 drubbing of English Premier League (EPL) strugglers Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Leicester’s goal-machine Vardy had not found the net since Dec. 21 but he ended his long scoring drought with two goals after coming off the bench.

He converted a penalty kick just past the hour to double Leicester’s lead shortly after replacing Kelechi Iheanacho, and after Harvey Barnes had opened the scoring before half-time.

Vardy struck again after 79 minutes to take his league tally to 19 for the season before Barnes claimed his second to make it a miserable night for Leicester’s Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

It was the Foxes first win in five league games, ending a slump that had put their top-four place in peril.

Third-placed Leicester City began the night only five points above fifth-placed Manchester United but the victory means they have re-established a healthy gap.

Leicester City have 53 points from 29 games, Chelsea have 48 and Manchester United 45.

All have nine games remaining.

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa remain second from bottom, two points below the safety line with 25 points and a game in hand.


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Long and Armstrong give Saints 2-0 home win over Aston Villa



Southampton continued their surge from the bottom half of the English Premier League (EPL) towards mid-table with a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Goals from Shane Long and Stuart Arsmtrong gave them the win, with the result leaving Southampton 12th with 34 points from 27 games.

Beleaguered Aston Villa stayed 17th on 25 points, one above the relegation zone.

The home team’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with the outcome and the solid display.

“An important victory, as our home record was not the best before today.

“It was a perfect afternoon for us and the crowd was absolutely behind us. This was a great performance from everybody.

“The only negative was that we needed to be more clinical as we had 28 shots on goal. We knew we had to do everything to defend our box and `congrats’ to the guys. They did their job,”the Austrian said.

The Saints dominated proceedings and debutant William Smallbone hit the post with a deflected shot in the sixth minute before Ireland striker Long netted the opener two minutes later.

The lively Moussa Djenepo poked in a cross from the left flank with the outside of his right foot.

Long bundled it in at near post with his thigh past Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Reina denied Southampton a bigger lead as he kept out efforts by Danny Ings and Djenepo in the first half before parrying a ferocious Pierre Hojbjerg volley on the hour mark.

The home team’s captain Armstrong sealed the win with the last kick of the game when he put the ball into an empty net from a Che Adams assist.

This was after Reina went upfield for an Aston Villa corner kick.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“We never laid a glove on them in the first 20 minutes.

“I try to defend the players but today was not good enough and they were miles off it in the first half.

“It was a game that could have been won but we didn’t create enough,” he said.

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Son double sinks Aston Villa to send Totteham Hotspur fifth



Son Heung-min struck a stoppage time winner, after a dreadful error from Bjorn Engels, as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 at Aston Villa to move up to fifth in the Premier League.

In an enthralling match, Villa went ahead in the ninth minute when Spurs defender, Toby Alderweireld turned an Anwar El Ghazi’s cross into his own net.

But the Belgian centre-half made amends for that error when he fired Tottenham back on to level terms with a superb shot on the turn from inside the box.

VAR intervened to award the visitors a penalty after reviewing a challenge on Steven Bergwijn by Villa defender Engels and ruling that he had brought down the Spurs forward.

Son’s weak penalty, after a stuttering approach run, was saved by Pepe Reina but the South Korean was the quickest to react as he bundled home the loose ball to send Spurs in ahead at the break.

Then it was the turn of Engels to cancel out his earlier error – the Belgian rising to meet a Jack Grealish corner and power in a header to make it 2-2.

But Engels was to end the game in despair as he mis-kicked a long ball forward and allowed Son to race clear and fire past Reina to take the three points.

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Johnson hails ‘astonishing moment’ as Britain leaves EU




Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed an “astonishing moment” as Britain formally left the European Union (EU) after 47 years on Friday, saying his government had “obeyed the people” who voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

“For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come,” Johnson said in a recorded speech.

The speech was broadcast via his Facebook account one hour before Brexit became official at 11 pm (2300 GMT), or midnight in Brussels.

“And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss,” Johnson added.

“And then of course there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.

“We have obeyed the people [who voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum,” he said, adding: “We have taken back the tools of self-government.”

Johnson and the European Union’s top officials earlier pointed to new opportunities ahead after Brexit.

Thousands of eurosceptics gathered to celebrate Brexit Day in London and other cities, rivalled by smaller groups of pro-EU activists in some areas, but most British people were not expected to mark the date.

A light show and other events organized by Johnson’s Conservative government at Downing Street was outshone by a nearby “Brexit Celebration: Countdown to freedom” event fronted by veteran eurosceptic and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage in London’s Parliament Square.

In Brussels earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament President David Sassoli said Saturday would mark a “new dawn for Europe.

The bloc’s remaining 27 member sates will “continue to join forces and build a common future,” they wrote in an op-ed for several European newspapers.

Leaders across Europe expressed similar sentiments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Brexit was a “deep cut for us all” but underlined that the remaining EU members would continue to do everything necessary to move forward.

Brexit is “a historic alarm signal that must sound in all our countries, that must be heard by all of Europe and make us reflect,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar expressed his thanks for the “enormous solidarity from our European partners.” His country, which shares a land border with Britain in Northern Ireland, is the EU state likely to be most affected by Brexit.

“Today is a very sad day. People in the north did not consent to Brexit,” Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Irish republican party Sinn Fein, said as she joined a border protest.

“This is not something that people on the island of Ireland want, bar a small minority,” McDonald said.

After Brexit, little will change in practice during an 11-month transitional phase, as the two sides seek to negotiate a future relationship spanning trade, security and political cooperation.

Officials in Brussels warn that the timeline is extremely ambitious, but Johnson has ruled out an extension.

Fifty-two per cent of voters across the United Kingdom chose Brexit in 2016, but there were majorities for remaining in the EU in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who leads the devolved regional government, insisted on Friday that Scotland is being withdrawn from the EU against its will. She demanded a referendum on independence.

Opinion polls suggest that 53 per cent of people across the United Kingdom now support the country remaining in the EU, said John Curtice, a political scientist at the University of Strathclyde.

Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was among the many Conservatives who welcomed Brexit Day.

“After more than three years, we can finally say that we have delivered on the result of the 2016 referendum and have kept faith with the British people,” tweeted May, who resigned after lawmakers had rejected her Brexit deal three times.

Opposition Labour lawmaker David Lammy said Brexit was a “national tragedy.”

“I oppose it today for the same reasons I have always opposed it,” Lammy wrote. “Brexit is a con. A trick. A swindle. A fraud.”


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Manchester City thrash Aston Villa with Aguero’s record-breaking hat-trick



Sergio Aguero became the most prolific foreign goalscorer in English Premier League (EPL) history with a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 to reclaim second place on Sunday.

The Argentine striker struck Manchester City’s third, fifth and sixth goals at Villa Park to take his league tally to 177.

This is two more than what Frenchman Thierry Henry managed for Arsenal, and is fourth on the all-time list alongside Frank Lampard.

Manchester City’s resounding victory, in which Riyad Mahrez also scored twice and Gabriel Jesus once, meant they moved above Leicester City.

They also trimmed Liverpool’s lead to 14 points, although Liverpool have played a game less.

Mahrez’s dribble and shot opened the scoring in the 18th minute and the Algerian struck again six minutes later.

Champions Manchester City’s slick football was too much for Aston Villa who had dropped into the relegation zone before kick-off, after Watford’s win at Bournemouth.

Aguero’s fierce strike from outside the area made it 3-0 in the 28th minute, before Jesus tapped in a fourth on the stroke of half-time after a stunning pass by Kevin De Bruyne.

A razor-sharp Aguero moved clear of Henry with a neat finish in the 58th minute.

He continued to torment a sorry home side by completing his 12th Premier League hat-trick in the 81st minute.

Aston Villa, who have fallen to third from bottom, did not manage a shot on target until they were awarded a stoppage-time penalty kick that was tucked away by Anwar El Ghazi.


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Aston Villa whip Liverpool to reach League Cup semi-finals




Aston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest ever side 5-0 with a double by Jonathan Kodjia helping them into the League Cup semi-finals on a strange night at Villa Park on Tuesday.

With the English Premier League (EPL) leaders Liverpool playing in FIFA’s Club World Cup 24 hours later in Doha, they fielded a starting line-up consisting mainly of reserves and youth team players.

The team was with an average age of 19.4, a club record.

In spite of their inexperience, Liverpool’s youngsters acquitted themselves well and matched the Aston Villa side.

It was a side showing 10 changes from their weekend Premier League defeat by Sheffield United, for much of a game that did not reflect well on the League Cup.

Liverpool’s senior players and manager Juergen Klopp, watching on TV in Qatar, would have been impressed with the way they started with 16-year-old Harvey Elliott catching the eye.

But Aston Villa went ahead in the 14th minute through Conor Hourihane’s free kick, with Kodjia just failing to get a touch.

Morgan Boyes, one of five Liverpool debutants, deflected Ahmed Elmohamady’s free-kick up and over his own goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher three minutes later.

Then, 30-year-old Kodjia ran through to slot home his side’s third goal in the 37th.

Kodjia made it 4-0 just before half-time to end the match as a contest, although Liverpool carved out several good chances after the break.

Aston Villa added a fifth goal in stoppage time with record signing Wesley steering home after coming off the bench.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Aston Villa to move into top eight



Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Aston Villa 2-1 in Sunday’s Midlands derby with goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez taking them into the top eight in the Premier League.

It was a difficult afternoon for Villa from the moment they lost goalkeeper Jed Steer to injury after only five minutes.

Wolves dominated and the only surprise was it took them until nearly halftime to go ahead, Neves giving replacement keeper Orjan Nyland no chance with a thumping drive.

Another injury for Villa led to left back Matt Targett being replaced before the interval but the visitors showed plenty of endeavour after the break to stay in the game.

Villa even threatened to equalise on the odd occasions but Wolves effectively sealed the points when Jimenez fired into the corner after good work by the dangerous Adama Traore.
There was some consolation for Villa when Trezeguet halved the deficit in stoppage time but it was too late.

Wolves’s first Premier League win over Villa for eight years lifted them to 16 points from 12 games while Villa remain fourth from bottom with 11 points.

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Aubameyang late strike earns 3-2 win for Arsenal over Aston Villa



Arsenal twice battled back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late effort securing the points in a thriller at the Emirates on Sunday.

John McGinn gave Aston Villa a 20th minute lead and Arsenal’s task became even harder when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes later.

In spite of being a man down, the hosts dominated possession and equalised on the hour when Nicolas Pepe converted from the penalty kick spot.

That was after midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was fouled in the area by Björn Engels.

Aston Villa were ahead again almost immediately through Wesley, but Calum Chambers replied again for the hosts in the 81st minute.

Aubameyang then pounced to complete a remarkable win for Unai Emery’s side who moved into fourth spot with 11 points.

Aston Villa are third from bottom with four points.(Reuters/)

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Kane’s late double gives Spurs 3-1 win over Aston Villa



Harry Kane struck two late goals as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from an early setback to beat promoted Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturday.

Aston Villa, back in the top flight after three seasons away, stunned the home faithful in the ninth minute when John McGinn scored with their first attack.

It seemed Dean Smith’s side would mark their return with a notable victory as they hung on tenaciously until the 73rd minute.

Tottenham were laboured in a disappointing first half but were relentless after the break and record signing Tanguy Ndombele finally broke Villa’s resistance.

That was when he fired home from the edge of the area.

Kane struck in the 86th minute after a mistake by Jack Grealish, and the England captain rubbed salt into Aston Villa’s wounds by stroking home his second in the 90th minute.

It was cruel on a disciplined Aston Villa side as Tottenham celebrated their first home opening fixture for eight seasons with three hard-earned points.

In the other EPL matches played earlier in the day, Bournemouth drew 1-1 with visiting Sheffield United while hosts Burnley were 3-0 winners against Southampton.

Crystal Palace and visiting Everton drew goalless, while hosts Watford could not contain visiting Brighton and Hove Albion who won 3-0.(Reuters/NAN)


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