Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham (26.12.2015) Live Commentary

90+6′
The game hasn’t been exhilerating, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. Aston Villa were dominant and more threatening of the two sides. It was a fairly one-sided match. The tactic of both sides was slow build-up play.
90+6′
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
90+6′
Mark Noble (West Ham) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
90+5′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) almost scores with a cheeky low shot towards goal that goes under the defensive wall, but Brad Guzan is alert and and makes a good save.
90+4′
It must be a yellow card. It is. Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) receives a yellow card after an awful tackle.
90+4′
The attendance is 38193.
90+3′
West Ham take a quick free kick and immediately restart play.
90+2′
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) comes up with a challenge to deprive his opponent of the ball. However, the referee calls for a foul and blows his whistle. He’s not happy with the decision. West Ham have a free kick.
90+2′
Reece Oxford (West Ham) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Michael Dean calls for a foul.
90+1′
The free kick from long range, taken by Aston Villa, is overhit and the ball goes out-of-play.
90′
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
90′
A player from West Ham takes his opponent down, the referee blows the whistle for a foul.
88′
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Carles Gil (Aston Villa), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
88′
Adama Traore (Aston Villa) produces an inaccurate low pass into the box that is blocked by the one of the defenders. If this pass had slipped through, the ball would have probably ended inside the net. Aston Villa get a corner.
87′
West Ham are ruled offside.
85′
Here is a change. Mauro Zarate is going off and Slaven Bilic gives the last tactical orders to Reece Oxford (West Ham).
85′
A pass by Adama Traore (Aston Villa) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
83′
Here comes a substitution. Jordan Veretout is given a rest as he is replaced by Adama Traore (Aston Villa).
82′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) attempts to set up his teammate into a scoring opportunity with a fine chip pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
80′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
78′
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) was quite harsh and Michael Dean didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card.
78′
Aston Villa keep possession of the ball by producing short passes and one-two passes from player to player.
75′
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Alex Song (West Ham) will replace Aaron Cresswell.
74′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) goes into the book for a horrible tackle. A yellow card is necessary in this case.
71′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) covers his face with his hands after wasting a promising chance. He takes the rebound on the edge of the box but blazes the ball high over the crossbar.
71′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
71′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Aston Villa are going to take it.
70′
Mark Noble (West Ham) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
69′
Michael Dean interrupts the game. One of the players from Aston Villa got the ball, but his effort is judged as a rough play.
69′
West Ham are showcasing great team work. Exchanging some short passes and one-two passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
67′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
67′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Aston Villa will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
65′
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate.
65′
Adrian steps in and intercepts a long pass from Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).
65′
The Aston Villa players hold possession and control the game at the moment. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player. For every team it’s always difficult to run without the ball on their feet.
62′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) slides the penalty home, into the top of the net.
62′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) is going to take the penalty!
61′
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Michael Dean keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul. PENALTY to Aston Villa! Great chance to score from.
60′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
59′
Adrian pulls off a great save to deny Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa), who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick low drive to the bottom left corner.
58′
Tempers flare after James Collins (West Ham) commits a foul. He receives a yellow card for his bad challenge and surely he must be relieved for not getting a red card.
58′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
57′
James Collins (West Ham) wasted a great chance as he climbed high to connect with a cross from the free kick inside the penalty area. He produced a header which went by a whisker over the bar.
55′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) receives a pass and tries his luck with a long-range powerful effort. His poorly placed shot lacks accuracy and flies way over the crossbar.
54′
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) peeled away from his marker and got on the end of the resulting corner, but his fine header which is aimed towards the underside of the crossbar is perfectly saved by the goalkeeper.
54′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) steps up to send the ball in.
53′
A neat pass is well received by Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball towards the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper makes an incredible save to block his shot. The referee blows his whistle, Aston Villa are awarded a corner kick.
53′
Mauro Zarate (West Ham) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
50′
Great ball in from Alan Hutton. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) should really do better with a close-range header, but he heads it by a whisker over the crossbar.
48′
A pass by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
46′
West Ham take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal die with nice clearance from the defence.
46′
Decent spell from West Ham here and they’re keeping the pressure on, until one of the defending players comes in. West Ham have a corner.
46′
Half-time substitution. Slaven Bilic decided to make a change. James Tomkins is replaced by Carl Jenkinson (West Ham).
46′
The second half has just started.
45+4′
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has already been more to be seen on the pitch prior to the half-time break than there is in most of the average games during the full 90 minutes. West Ham have arguably been the better of the two sides in the first half. The home players attempt to beat the opposition’s defence using mostly counter-attacks. The away team tries to prevail using combination football.
45+4′
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Michael Dean has ended it.
45+2′
Goal! Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) latches on to an accurate pass and quickly struck a low effort that goes inside the right post.
45+1′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) is first to the rebound near the penalty spot, and he steers a header goalwards which ricochets off the crossbar and away.
45′
4 additional min. will be played.
45′
What a chance that is! Carles Gil (Aston Villa) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post.
43′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
42′
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
41′
A pass from Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) is intercepted by Brad Guzan and the move breaks down.
39′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) tries his luck with a long-range effort after receiving a precise pass. It goes to the bottom left corner, however, Adrian (West Ham) has a clear vision and makes a comfortable save.
38′
Problems for Remi Garde as Carlos Sanchez is not able to play anymore. His injury is too serious and Carles Gil (Aston Villa) replaces him.
37′
The game is interrupted now, Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
36′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
36′
The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa will take a throw-in.
32′
Aston Villa enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
30′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
27′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) creates himself some space and attempts to put it into the box. However, the defender gets an important foot in to clear.
25′
West Ham has a chance to score from a corner kick, but it’s averted by a defender, who manages to clear the ball away.
25′
That was a nice football moment. Mauro Zarate (West Ham) receives an amazing defence-splitting low pass on the edge of the box and blasts the ball towards the goal, aiming to the bottom left corner. Brad Guzan guessed his intentions and dives superbly to deny his effort with a remarkable save! The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for West Ham.
24′
Michael Dean interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).
22′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
22′
Aston Villa are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort. Aston Villa forced their opponent to concede a corner.
22′
The corner, sent by Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa), lacks accuracy as the ball is hit with too much power.
21′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. Now Aston Villa with a corner.
20′
Aston Villa dominate the game at the moment by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. Great compatibility between the players.
18′
A precise cross, aimed towards the area of the penalty spot, was gathered by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa). He outjumped the defence and produced a decent header which went by a whisker wide of the right post.
15′
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
15′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety. Aston Villa force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
13′
The assistant referee raises his flag, and one of the players from Aston Villa got caught in the offside position.
13′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
12′
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) is shown a yellow card after a horrible tackle.
12′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. Aston Villa will take a corner kick.
12′
The resulting set piece from West Ham is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
12′
The free kick from long range, taken by West Ham, is intercepted by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play and West Ham manage to earn a corner.
11′
The referee had an easy-decision to make. A yellow card is given to Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) for a foul that he committed a little earlier.
11′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
10′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted. Aston Villa get a chance to score from a corner kick.
9′
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails.
7′
Michael Dean couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) and blew the whistle.
7′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
5′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) timed his run perfectly to connect with the resulting corner kick, but his finish from around the penalty spot was rather poor as it went way wide of the left post.
4′
Mauro Zarate (West Ham) will deliver the ball into the penalty box from a corner kick.
3′
The ball goes out-of-play. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick.
2′
Mauro Zarate launches a cross from the corner, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is alert to thwart the effort.
1′
West Ham are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes.
1′
Aston Villa will kick the game off.
1′
The first half has just begun.
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Today’s referee will be Michael Dean.
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