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  • Ertl (24), Ambrose (70)
  • Collins (35), Petrov (87)
  • Date:2010-02-14
  • Kick-off:15:45
  • Venue:Selhurst Park
  • Attendance:20486
  • Referee:Friend, K

Live Commentary

90mins

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90mins

Crystal Palace are replacing Alan Lee with Calvin Andrew.

87mins

Goal!! Stiliyan Petrov scores for Aston Villa.

84mins

Alan Lee is booked for unsporting behaviour.

76mins

Danny Butterfield goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

75mins

Fabian Delph is being taken off, Nathan Delfouneso has come on in his place.

74mins

Fabian Delph goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

70mins

Goal!! Darren Ambrose scores for Crystal Palace.

63mins

Claude Davis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

46mins

Emile Heskey is being taken off, John Carew has come on in his place.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by K Friend

36mins

The referee has booked Nick Carle.

35mins

Goal!! James Collins scores for Aston Villa.

24mins

Goal!! Johannes Ertl scores for Crystal Palace.

0mins

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

0mins

Crystal Palace face Aston Villa at 3:45pm on Sunday, February 14th.


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Match Report

Stiliyan Petrov's late diving header saved Aston Villa from becoming the latest Premier League scalp claimed by Crystal Palace as they hit back to draw 2-2 at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles looked to be going through to the FA Cup quarter-finals when Darren Ambrose's superb 35-yard free-kick put them 2-1 ahead in the 70th minute.

But Villa captain Petrov ensured there would be a replay at Villa Park when his diving header at the near post from Stewart Downing's corner salvaged a draw for the Premier League side.

It rounded off a rip-roaring tie at Selhurst Park, as Villa twice came from behind against Championship opposition who put in the kind of performance which could just entice new owners as they attempt to battle out of administration.

Palace took the lead on 24 minutes when Johannes Ertl claimed his first goal for Palace, the Austria international heading in Ambrose's corner from close range.

That advantage didn't last long as Villa restored parity from a set-piece - their deliveries all afternoon caused the home side problems.

This time it was Downing with the inswinging corner and Danny Collins rose highest to meet the ball with a glancing header which zipped past Palace keeper Julian Speroni.

Petrov and Emile Heskey also went close from a couple more Villa corners just before the break and substitute John Carew, on for the injured Heskey, forced Speroni to parry his close-range shot in the 50th minute.

But Ambrose's delicious swerving free-kick, his 16th goal of the campaign, beat Villa keeper Brad Friedel, who got his hand to the ferocious strike but could not keep it out.

Moments later Ambrose met a Nick Carle cross with a looping header that bounced back off the woodwork.

Speroni produced a fine save in the 76th minute to tip Carew's header over the bar and, from the resultant corner, Alan Lee had to clear Collins' shot off the line.

Speroni made another top-class stop to deny Carew again in the closing moments, and it seemed that the ball came off a Villa player before it crossed the line for a corner kick, which Petrov popped up from to score a leveller.

Crystal Palace

Aston Villa

Corners

511

Fouls

1614

Goal attempts

118

Shots off target

62

Offsides

07

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