For Unai Emery’s side, this is the end of their 15 consecutive wins at home
Aston Villa drew 1-1 in their latest English Premier League match against Sheffield United. This draw means that Villa failed to take advantage of an opportunity to go top of the league. The match was marked by controversial VAR decisions and late goals.
Villa dominated the game but this didn’t stop them from conceding a late goal from Cameron Archer. Nicolo Zaniolo rescued Villa with a dramatic equalizer that happened in the seventh minute of extra time.
A win would have put Villa on top of the table for the first time since 1998. They would have been sitting pretty ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.
this result means that Villa is currently second on the table, having accumulated the same number of points as leaders Arsenal. they are also one point ahead of Liverpool. The table is bound to change when Arsenal face Liverpool on Saturday.
Villa were backed by a boisterous home crowd that cheered the players on every time they got the ball. The home advantage must have played a role in the match because they were the superior team throughout the first half. However, they must have felt unlucky not to get any favorable VAR decisions. It was like the virtual referees were out to get them.
Villa began the first half with a bang. Their attackers were causing Sheffieild United defenders all sorts of problems. In the early stages of the match, referee Anthony Taylor rejected two penalty claims. He also denied Villa another penalty in the 17th minute after consulting with the virtual referees. He proceeded to rule off a potential Leon Bailey goal in the 59th minute. The Jamaican’s goal was ruled off because there was a foul on goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Sheffield United also got a few chances to score but the deadlock was broken in the 87th minute. Cameron Archer delivered a masterful finish that left goalkeeper Emi Martinez helpless. The former Aston Villa finished the opportunity after receiving a wonderful pass from Gustavo Hamer.
Villa fought back and got the goal they deserved although they were beginning to look down and out. Zaniolo finished off an easy tap-in after Douglas Luiz flighted a beautiful cross into the Sheffield United box.
This draw was important for Sheffield because it has removed them from the bottom of the table. They are now one point above Burnley.
For Unai Emery’s side, this is the end of their 15 consecutive wins at home.