July 28th, 2012 by Kelly McLain
The Portland Timbers hosted English Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday night at JELD-WEN Field in an international friendly. The Birmingham, England-based club scored twice on corners, but the Timbers responded each time and the match finished regulation tied at 2-2. The sides went immediately to a penalty kick shootout with Aston Villa coming out on top 5-4.
The Timbers weren’t without chances in the first half, including a diving header from Ryan Kawulok in the 25th minute from a Sal Zizzo free kick that missed just wide of the far post, but the visitors took a 1-nil lead to the lockerroom.
After having a goal called back for offside mid way through the opening half, Villa were able to make one stick in the 41st when Ciaran Clark headed home a Barry Bannan corner.
The sequence would repeat itself in the second half as Villa had another goal called back for offside before tallying on another corner in the 80th.
“I’m delighted with the way we played, and delighted we won the game,” said Aston Villa coach Paul Lambert.
Portland responded to both deficits however, knotting the score at 1-1 when Sebastian Rincon scored off a Franck Songo’o corner, and then tying things up again at 2-2 with a Rodney Wallace shot that deflected off a defender and looped over Villa’s American keeper Brad Guzan.
“We set goals for ourselves, keeping our team shape and not having individual breakdowns and I think by and large we did that,” interim coach Gavin Wilkinson said. “A few things that we can still learn from—keeping runners in and around set pieces—but in open play they didn’t break us down, they didn’t score on us. They scored off two set pieces. So I think there a lot of positives to take.”
Portland next play host to Chivas USA on Saturday as they return to league play.
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AVFC: Clark (Bannan), 42
POR: Rincón (Kawulok, Songo’o), 76
AFVC: Lowton (Baker, Bannan), 80
POR: Wallace, 81
1 POR: Rincón – Goal
1 AVFC: Bannan – Goal
2 POR: Jean-Baptiste – Goal
2 AVFC: Lichaj – Goal
3 POR: Songo’o – Goal
3 AVFC: Gardner – Goal
4 POR: Renken – Goal
4 AVFC: N’Zogbia – Goal
5 POR: Dike – Saved
5 AVFC: Carruthers – Goal
POR: Songo’o (Caution), 83
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Perkins (Bendik, 45), D Kawulok, D Purdy, D Horst (Jean-Baptiste, 62), D Chabala (Renken, 88), M Zizzo (Fucito, 71), M Jewsbury (Braun, 45), M Palmer (Wallace, 74), M Nagbe (Songo’o, 45), F Richards (Rincón, 69), F Boyd (Dike, 45)
Substitutes Not Used: D Danso, D Kimura, M Alexander, M Alhassan, F Mwanga
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Boyd, Palmer, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Rincón, Wallace, 1); FOULS: 7 (Palmer, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
AVFC: GK Guzan, D Lowton, D Collins (Lichaj, 59), D Clark (Baker, 67), D Warnock (Stevens, 60), M Holman (Johnson, 68), M El Ahmadi (Gardner, 68), M Bannan, M Ireland (Carruthers, 68), F Delfouneso, F Weimann (N’Zogbia, 59)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Marshall
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (N’Zogbia, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players, 1); FOULS: 11 (Holman, Warnock, 3); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 0
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Fabio Tovar, Baboucarr Jallow
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 2:01
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees