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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,406
SwanseaSwanseavAston VillaAston Villa
2
  • Routledge, 9
  • Graham, 90+4
2
  • Weimann, 44
  • Benteke, pen 84

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90 mins:FULL TIME: SWANSEA 2-2 ASTON VILLA.

90 mins:GOAL! SWANSEA 2-2 ASTON VILLA: Ki's shot is blocked but the ball drops to GRAHAM who beats Guzan at the second attempt.

90 mins:Benteke and Chico go head to head now! It is going to be a fiery end to the game.

90 mins:Tempers flare in stoppage time after a challenge from Michu on Lowton but the referee calms things down.

88 mins:Swansea have not responded to going behind. The home crowd are urging them forward but Villa look dangerous on the break.

85 mins:Jordan Bowery comes on for Albrighton.

84 mins:GOAL! SWANSEA 1-2 ASTON VILLA: BENTEKE sends the keeper the wrong way and Villa are ahead!

83 mins:Benteke's header is cleared off the line by Dyer who then brings down Weimann. Penalty for Villa!

81 mins:Barry Bannan comes on for Westwood.

81 mins:The ball bounces around dangerously inside the Villa box but in the end Dyer lashes a shot out for a throw-in. Awful effort from the Swansea winger.

79 mins:Third and final change from Swansea as Kemy Agustien replaces Britton.

77 mins:Michu brings down a cross on the edge of the box but his first touch is poor and Ashley Westwood clears the danger.

74 mins:Hernandez puts a decent cross into the box but his team-mates aren't on the same wavelength.

72 mins:Benteke's shot is blocked by Ashley Williams but falls kindly for Weimann who drags a left-footed shot wide from a tight angle.

71 mins:Good build-up play from Villa but Benteke is caught offside as Weimann plays him through.

69 mins:No chances on goal for a while and in truth there have been no clear cut opportunities since half-time.

67 mins:Stevens is replaced by Brett Holman.

65 mins:Routledge comes off for Nathan Dyer.

62 mins:Swansea make the first change as De Guzman makes way for Sung-Yueng Ki.

59 mins:Angel Rangel cuts inside Joe Bennett and the ball comes off the defender's arm right on the edge of the box. It looks like a penalty but the referee only awards a free-kick.

58 mins:Swansea have enjoyed over two thirds of the possession in this second half but are yet to make their dominance pay.

56 mins:Michu rises to meet a cross but his header is saved comfortably by Guzan to his right.

54 mins:Lowton bursts down the right for Villa and flashes a cross through the penalty area but fails to find a team-mate.

53 mins:Graham holds off his marker inside the box and gets a shot away from a difficult angle but pulls it wide of the far post.

50 mins:Routledge chips a cross to the far post and Graham leaves it for Hernandez who slices wide. Graham should have taken the shot on himself.

48 mins:Swansea are pressing at the start of the second half but Stevens clears Davies' cross.

46 mins:Aston Villa get the second half underway.

45 mins:HALF TIME: SWANSEA 1-1 ASTON VILLA.

45 mins:Michu fires a hopeful shot over with the half-time whistle just moments away.

45 mins:Enda Stevens picks up a late booking for a foul on Hernandez.

44 mins:GOAL! SWANSEA 1-1 ASTON VILLA: The visitors equalise out of nowhere! Benteke plays through WEIMANN who drills a low shot into the bottom corner.

41 mins:Weimann is booked for dissent.

41 mins:Weimann clashes with Ben Davies inside the Swansea box but the Villa forward goes to ground far too easily and his penalty appeal is turned down.

39 mins:Mark Halsey awards the first booking to Clark for a late challenge on Routledge.

37 mins:The stats do not bode well for Villa. Swansea have won every game in which they have scored first this season.

34 mins:Routledge tries a Zidane turn inside his own box and is dispossessed by Marc Albrighton, but the winger is tackled before he can get a shot away.

32 mins:Andreas Weimann looks frustrated up-front. He has barely been involved so far and the same can be said for Benteke.

29 mins:Swansea are passing the ball around very well and they are a matter of inches away from being two goals up after that Michu chance.

26 mins:Michu hits the post again! It is a glorious touch to create the opportunity but his effort comes back off the far post before Hernandez rattles the rebound wide.

24 mins:It is still all Swansea here and Aston Villa need to be careful!

22 mins:Hernandez gets a sight of goal from just outside the box and slices his shot over the bar.

20 mins:Jonathan De Guzman takes a free-kick short and Angel Rangel pulls his shot wide of the mark.

18 mins:First goal threat from the visitors. Christian Benteke drifts in from the left and lets fly on the edge of the box but Michel Vorm makes a save at his near post.

16 mins:Aston Villa have not got going yet. It is one-way traffic and if anyone is going to score again, it is Swansea.

13 mins:Leon Britton makes a run behind the defence and is slipped through but can't quite get a shot away.

11 mins:Swansea could be two up! Michu hits the post before Danny Graham side-foots a shot wide from eight-yards.

9 mins:GOAL! SWANSEA 1-0 ASTON VILLA: The Swans are ahead and ROUTLEDGE makes no mistake this time as he rounds the keeper and pokes the ball in.

7 mins:Michael Laudrup's side have made a good start here and are enjoying all the early possession.

5 mins:Another good break from Swansea and this time Pablo Hernandez gets behind the defence but can't quite carve out an opportunity for Michu.

3 mins:Wayne Routledge goes clean through on goal but Brad Guzan makes a save from the one-on-one opportunity.

1 mins:Referee Mark Halsey gets the game underway at the Liberty Stadium.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,406
SwanseaSwanseavAston VillaAston Villa
2
  • Routledge, 9
  • Graham, 90+4
2
  • Weimann, 44
  • Benteke, pen 84

match report

Danny Graham's injury-time strike broke Aston Villa's hearts to salvage a point for Swansea in a lively 2-2 draw.

After three successive defeats, the visitors seemed set for some rare Christmas joy as they hit back from conceding early on and Christian Benteke converted his spot-kick five minutes from the end to take the lead.

But in the closing stages of injury time, Michael Laudrup's men were rewarded after a barrage of attacks as Graham powered in from six yards to stun Paul Lambert's battlers.

Villa might be grateful for the point after enduring a torrid opening 20 minutes when they were blown away in every department, conceding early on and Michu twice hitting the post.

However, having climbed back off the canvas so impressively in the second half, this will feel like a loss as they remain perilously above the drop zone, two points above 18th-placed Southampton who have games in hand.

Few would have predicted the late drama though after a breath-taking and brutal start to this encounter as the hosts ripped through an edgy and limp Villa side.

Wayne Routledge had already wasted a golden opportunity, denied by the legs of keeper Brad Guzan when clean through, but the 27-year-old soon made amends on nine minutes with a cool finish.

Pablo Hernandez threaded the ball through from the halfway line and Routledge skipped around the keeper before tucking in the opener from a tight angle.

Arriving in Wales having conceded 15 times in three defeats over a miserable festive period, Villa's team was the youngest ever starting eleven in the Premier League - an average of 23 years and 119 days - and the nerves were all too evident.

Defenders Ciaran Clark and Chris Herd were dragged all over the place and with panic setting in, the hosts almost doubled the lead straight from the kick-off as top scorer Michu blasted against the left post.

The sea of white continued to roll forward and again Michu was cursing the woodwork after being set up by a flowing move involving Ashley Williams and Routledge on the left.

Signs that Swansea were taking their feet off the gas were slowly appearing, exemplified by Routledge's sloppy attempts at a double drag back inside his own box.

And after 43 minutes of being utterly outplayed and restricted to a pair of long-range efforts, the visitors secured a shock equaliser.

The damage was caused by Benteke as the industrious striker set up Andreas Weimann with a clever through-ball, leaving the lively Austrian winger to out-fox Williams and power the ball in under the arms of Michel Vorm.

Reinvigorated Villa continued their good work after the break with more verve and, more importantly, improved organisation at the back, while Benteke and Weimann proved a menace pushing forward.

It was enough for the increasingly concerned Laudrup to try to boost his spluttering midfield with the introduction of Nathan Dyer and Kemy Agustien, but his plan back-fired.

Dyer heroically headed Benteke's header off the line, only to clumsily hack down Weimann and give away a penalty seconds later.

Benteke hammered in his spot-kick (85) and three crucial points appeared to be heading to the west Midlands.

Back came Swansea with a late surge and after a goal-mouth scramble, Graham slammed the ball in to leave the hosts' bench jumping ecstatically, while Lambert watched on with his head in his hands.

team line-up

1Michel Vorm
6Ashley Williams
4Chico
22Angel Rangel
33Ben Davies
15Wayne Routledge66
11Pablo Hernández
20Jonathan De Guzmán62
7Leon Britton79
9Michu
10Danny Graham

substitutes

25Gerhard Tremmel
26Kemy Agustien79
17Itay Shechter
12Nathan Dyer66
16Garry Monk
21Dwight Tiendalli
24Ki Sung-Yueng62

referee

Mark Halsey

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
31Chris Herd
6Ciaran Clark
34Matthew Lowton
29Enda Stevens68
15Ashley Westwood81
12Marc Albrighton85
27Joe Bennett
16Fabian Delph
20Christian Benteke
26Andreas Weimann

substitutes

7Stephen Ireland
25Barry Bannan81
14Brett Holman68
40Samir Carruthers
1Shay Given
30Eric Lichaj
21Jordan Bowery85

referee

Mark Halsey

match stats

possession %6930
shots on target65
shots off target103
corners32
tackles won1011
offsides22