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Late goals prove costly in Europa League

By | 26th August 2010

Thursday saw three Premier League teams take the pitch in their Europa League qualification matches. Aston Villa and Manchester City were able to play in the comforts of their own homes while Liverpool was forced to travel all the way to Turkey. Here’s how they all fared:

Trabzonspor 1-2 Liverpool: The Turkish side looked prepared to take down their adversaries until a huge miscue brought Liverpool right back into the match. Giray Kacar scored, but it was against his own keeper, which nullified a Teofilo Gutierrez goal in the 4th minute. With a new confidence, and momentum on their side, Dirk Kuyt helped secure the win for Liverpool with an 88th minute match-winner. Liverpool advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Aston Villa 2-3 Rapid Vienna: The Villans could not hold off a late Rapid Vienna surge that netted the visitors two crucial goals that knocked Villa out of the Europa League qualification round. An early goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor had the crowd at Villa Park excited, but Vienna stormed back with three second half goals to put them up 4-3 on aggregate and move them on to the next round of the Europa League.

Manchester City 2-0 FC Timisoara: Manchester City had no problem at all with the visitors at the Eastlands. City kept control all day and could have got the score up much higher had it not been for several close misses in front of net. Shaun Wright-Phillips got the scoring off for City on the stroke of halftime with a beautifully placed toe poke, and that was really all they would need. The Sky Blues advance with an aggregate of 3-0.

In other news from around the Premier League, Birmingham played host to Rochdale in their Carling Cup second round match, beating them 3-2 in the process. Rochdale’s Carling Cup hopes have been dashed, while the Blues move onto the third round.

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