x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Villa blow chance to pull away from Arsenal

Aston Villa throw away a 2-0 lead in the last three minutes to draw at home to struggling Stoke City.

BIRMINGHAM // Aston Villa threw away a 2-0 lead in the last three minutes to draw at home to struggling Stoke City in the Premier League. The draw, after dominating the game, left Villa six points clear of Arsenal in the race for England's fourth Champions League berth and three points adrift of second-placed Chelsea and Liverpool. The Bulgarian Stilian Petrov put Villa ahead on the stroke of half-time and John Carew added their second in the 79th minute, only three minutes after replacing Emile Heskey.

Stoke then grabbed what looked like a consolation goal through Ryan Shawcross in the 87th minute before Glenn Whelan struck the equaliser in stoppage time. *Reuters