Rapid Vienna wrote football history last night. The tradition-rich “Green Whites” from Viennas Western part are the first Austrian team in football history who were able to eliminate an English club in an international competition.
After a 1:0 victory at home in the first leg, a 1:2 defeat in Birmingham against Aston Villa was enough to make the qualification for the Europe League. The Viennese, who stepped up with many young players, showed a tremendous performance and were also able to win the match in the return leg. A poor liquidation of scoring chances and a referee from Spain with two dubious penalty decisions for the home team made the match unnecessarily thrilling.
But at the end Rapid was simply too strong for Aston Villa. Now all 4 international present teams from Austria made their qualifications for the Europe League: Rapid Vienna, Sturm Graz, Austria Vienna and as last and least FC Salzburg. It was a great evening yesterday for the heavy scolded Austrian football.
Aston Villa – Rapid 2:1 (1:0)
Villa Park Birmingham, 23.000 visitors, Referee Carballo (Spain)
1:0 Penalty (38.) Milner
2:0 (53.) Carew
2:1 (76.) Jelavic
Aston Villa: Guzan – Beye, Cuellar, Davies (83./Lowry), Shorey – Milner, Delph (86./Albrighton), Petrow, A. Young – Heskey (82./Agbonlahor), Carew
Rapid Vienna: Payer – Dober, Soma, Patocka, Katzer – Trimmel (56./Maierhofer), Heikkinen, Hofmann, Pehlivan, Drazan – Jelavic (87./Boskovic)
Yellow Cards: Cuellar, A. Young, Carew (Aston Villa) Dober, Payer (Rapid)