Thursday 14 November 2019

Elmohamady the unlikely hero as Villa reach last eight

Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves

Aston Villa's Ahmed Elmohamady celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Aston Villa's Ahmed Elmohamady celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer (left) saves a shot from Wolverhampton Wanderers' Patrick Cutrone. Photo: PA

Jamie Holland

Ahmed Elmohamady downed Wolves to send Aston Villa into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

The defender grabbed a second-half winner to clinch a 2-1 victory as the hosts reached the last eight for the first time since 2012.

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Patrick Cutrone did cancel out Anwar El Ghazi's opener before missing a glorious chance to level for a second time.

It was Wolves' 21st game of the season and boss Nuno Espirito Santo's 11 changes suggested the competition was low on his priority list.

Teenagers Taylor Perry, Dion Sanderson and Chem Campbell were handed full debuts and, despite Cutrone's brief leveller, youthful Wolves were rarely a threat.

They allowed five-time winners Villa, who made nine changes, to make the early running and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 28 minutes.

It was well crafted from the hosts, who pulled Wolves across the box before Henri Lansbury slipped in El Ghazi and his low effort squirmed under John Ruddy's outstretched hand.

Wolves levelled out of the blue nine minutes into the second half.

Perry was encouraged to cut into the area and Cutrone pounced to divert the ball past Jed Steer from five yards for just his second goal in 17 games.

Parity was short-lived, though, as Villa won the tie less than three minutes later.

Lansbury was fouled and he aimed a low free-kick to the near post where Elmohamady got ahead of Bruno Jordao to turn in.

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