Aston Villa reach the Carabao Cup Final
Aston Villa fans will be looking to purchase tickets for Wembley Stadium for the third time in three years as they defeated Leicester City last night in the Carabao Cup semi-final to reach the final of the competition.
Trezeguet sends Aston Villa to the Carabao Cup Final
It was a night to savour for Aston Villa fans as they booked their place in the Final of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium thanks to a late strike from Egyptian winger, Trezeguet.
Aston Villa came into their Carabao Cup semi-final game with Leicester with a 1-1 draw, having earned what could be perceived as a shock result at the King Power against an in-form Foxes side. The 1-1 draw in the previous game gave Aston Villa a real chance of making the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley with the home advantage at Villa Park in the second leg.
It was Villa who drew first blood and put one foot in the door of the Carabao Cup Final when Matt Targett opened the scoring for the boys in Claret and Blue. Some great play inside the area from Villa captain Jack Grealish teed the ball up for the advancing Targett who managed to sweep the ball across goal and into the bottom corner of the net, right in front of the jubilant Holte End. Grealish was fantastic for Villa all night and has been pivotal on their journey to the EFL Cup final.
Leicester had a number of chances, mostly from range in the first half and if it wasn’t for Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland. The Norwegian ‘stopper kept Leicester at bay having made fantastic saves from range from James Maddison and Youri Tielemens efforts. If it wasn’t for Nyland, it could’ve been Leicester reaching the EFL Cup Final and not Aston Villa.
Both Leicester City and Aston Villa had their chances in the game, especially Villa but it was the Foxes who drew level late on in the second half. In-form Kelechi Iheanacho snuck in at the back post after some direct play from Harvey Barnes. Iheanacho has slotted into the Foxes’ set up superbly after the injury to Jamie Vardy. You’d have fancied Leicester to go on and win the EFL Cup semi-final and book their place at Wembley after that goal but it would be Villa who’d clinch it at the death.
Both teams were counter attacking each other until the very end but Villa had the last laugh and they left it late to book their place at Wembley. A sumptuous ball was played in by ‘Elmo’ was finished with aplomb at the back post by Trezeguet in the 93rd minute, giving Leicester no time at all to get a goal. The game would’ve ended up going straight to penalties with the EFL Cup no longer going to extra time.
Villa are no strangers to Wembley Stadium
After Villa confirmed their place in the Carabao Cup Final, it’ll be the third time in three years they’ll be heading to Wembley for a final. Since Wembley reopened, Villa have been there six times.
They’ve played in four finals and two semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, winning just two of those. The two wins came against Derby County in last season’s Play Off Final and against Liverpool in 2015 in the FA Cup semi-final.
Aston Villa will be desperate to put right their wrongs by winning their first Carabao Cup at the New Wembley Stadium but will face stiff competition in either Manchester United or Manchester City. As usual, Villa fans will be eagerly anticipating news on Carabao Cup Final tickets and they’re sure to be the hottest tickets in the city.
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