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22 January 2013

Tuesday 22 January 2013
Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Aston Villa (3) 2 (Benteke 24, Weimann 89)
Bradford City (4) 1 (Hanson 55)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at Villa Park

Attendance: 40,193
Pictures provided by Gintare Karpaviciute

Phil Parkinson's brilliant Bantams produced arguably one of the greatest achievements in the long history of English domestic football by amazingly booking their place in the Capital One Cup Final on a mind-blowing night for City.

On easily one of the greatest nights in the club's history, City secured their spot in a dream Wembley final with a 4-3 aggregate win over Aston Villa in front of over six and a half thousand delirious Bantams followers at Villa Park.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, City's advantage was halved midway through the opening half when Villa's Christian Benteke prodded home from close range.

With Villa's tails up at this stage, lesser sides could have easily crumbled, but Parkinson's current crop of Bantams are clearly made of sterner stuff and equalised ten minutes into the second half with a brilliant header by James Hanson from a Gary Jones corner.

Second half substitute Andreas Weimann did pull a goal back a minute before the end of normal time to set up a nervy finish, but City weren't to be denied their moment of history.

FT:Aston Villa 2 Bradford City 1 - Unbelievable! We're going to Wembley!!!!
93min: YELLOW CARD - Delph is booked for late tackle from behind on Thompson down by one of the corner flags in Villa's half.
90+1min: Clark heads wide from a Villa corner.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on.
89min: GOAL - Aston Villa 2 Bradford City 1 - Weimann puts Villa back in the lead of the match when City fail to deal with a Bent headed flick forward and the Austrian rounds Duke before slotting home. Unfortunately this will lead to some nervy final few minutes here at Villa Park.
87min: SUB - City bring on Blair Turgott for Wells.
82min: YELLOW CARD - N'Zogbia is booked for catching Doyle late as the pair contest a loose ball inside City's own half.
74min: Weimann's low cross into the area whistles dangerously across goal but no-one is on hand to connect.
73min: Stephen Darby's low cross into the area is smashed against the bar by Thompson with a well-struck drive from just inside the area! That was close! That would have probably settled it for the Bantams!
71min: SUB - City bring on Garry Thompson for Hines.
70min: SUB - Andreas Weimann has been brought on for Bennett. Villa are really going for it now. Bent and Benteke are being supported in attack by Agbonlahor, with N'Zogbia and Weimann threatening from the wings.
70min: Delph's long range drive deflects off Agbonlahor before sailing wide.
67min: Ireland steers an effort wide of the near post following Bent's dangerous low cross into the mix.
63min: Hanson squanders a glorious chance to score when he mis-times a header right in the middle of Villa's penalty area following a cross from Nathan Doyle and can only head wide .
62min: SUB - Darren Bent is brought on for Bannan for Villa.
61min: Zavon Hines' low effort from just outside the area is comfortably saved by Given.
59min: Bennett's teasing ball across the six yard box beats everyone before being put behind by Carl McHugh over by the far post.
55min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aston Villa 1 Bradford City 1 - City equalise when Hanson powers home a thunderous header direct from a Gary Jones corner!
47min: Benteke meets Lowton's near post cross but glances a header across goal instead of towards it.
46min: Villa restart the tie.
HT: Aston Villa 1 Bradford City 0
45min: There will be a minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
45min: Wells curls an effort from just outside the area narrowly wide of Given's far post.
44min: Benteke just beats McArdle to a clipped ball to the back post by Ireland but his scrambled effort bounces narrowly wide of the goal.
38min: Benteke heads over from a Barry Bannan corner.
38min: Ireland's curling effort from the edge of the area threatens to drop under the crossbar before the faintest of tip-overs from Duke.
32min: N'Zogbia's angled drive from just outside the area is tipped over by Duke.
27min: GOAL....NO - Villa think they have levelled the tie up overall for a moment when Stephen Ireland slots home from close range but the Villa man is correctly flagged for offside.
25min: Nahki Wells' drive from around 20 yards out goes a good few yards wide of Shay Given's goal.
24min: GOAL - Aston Villa 1 Bradford City 0 - Benteke swoops to prod home Joe Bennett's near post cross from around six yards out.
22min: YELLOW CARD - Ciaran Clark is booked for taking Hanson out from behind with a tackle around the halfway line.
20min: Agbonlahor's low angled drive on the turn inside the area is saved down to his left by Duke.
16min: Fabian Delph fires narrowly over the bar with a strike from just outside the area following a surging run deep into City territory.
16min: Benteke rises to reach a floated cross from N'Zogbia but the headed effort from around ten yards out is straight at Duke.
11min: James Hanson heads comfortably wide of goal from a wide Gary Jones free-kick positioned out on City's right flank.
9min: Rory McArdle makes a vital interception in the middle to prevent Gabriel Agbonlahor from pouncing on N'Zogbia's dangerous centre low across the six yard box.
6min: Benteke gets his head on another N'Zogbia cross but this time his effort goes across goal and the lurking Matthew Lowton can only send the ball well over with a header of his own.
3min: Christian Benteke heads Charles N'Zogbia's cross a yard or so wide of Matt Duke's near post.
0min: The Bantams kick off the tie.

Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Bannan, Delph, Ireland, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Subs: Guzan, Bent, Holman, Weimann, Stevens, Lichaj, Carruthers

Aston Villa changes:
Bent for Bannan (62), Weimann for Bennett (70)

Aston Villa cautions:
Clark (22), N'Zogbia (82), Delph (90+3)

Aston Villa dismissals:

Duke, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good, Hines, Doyle, G Jones, Atkinson, Wells, Hanson
Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Thompson, Connell, Nelson, Turgott

Bradford City changes:
Thompson for Hines (71), Turgott for Wells (87)

Bradford City cautions:

Bradford City dismissals:

Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistant Referee: Simon Long
Assistant Referee: Gary Beswick
Fourth Official: Mike Dean

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