English Premier League: Conor Hourihane the Man of the match for Aston Villa.
Aston Villa has secured a valuable victory in the perspective of the race to maintain the top standing in the English Premier League, after winning the 13th round of the competition. Jack Grealish and his men took advantage of Newcastle United's arrival in Birmingham to win (2-0) and end a series of three league losses in the league.
Conor Hourihane and then Lille striker Anwar El-Ghazi sealed the success of Villans. The Magpies are stopped by two victories of rank, and are just above their executioners of the day, in 14th place. Note that next Saturday, Steve Bruce's team will host Manchester City, where Dean Smith's will visit Manchester United the next day.
This success allowed the Villans, who were out of three defeats - but against Top 5 teams Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolverhampton - to return to 15th place with 14 points, four better than Norwich, 18th and the first virtual relegation.
Newcastle, who had taken 7 points over the last three days, remains at 15 and 14th.
The match has not seen a lot of momentum, despite the good duel between two French who have been talking about them favorably since their arrival across the Channel: right side Frederic Guilbert at Aston Villa and the left-winger of Newcastle Allan Saint-Maximin.
The advantage went clearly to the first, because the Magpies passed through the first period, before deploying more conviction in the second, without great danger for the opponent.
The Irishman Hourihane found a tiny breach on the closed side after a combination of an indirect free kick at the entrance to the surface (1-0, 32nd) and El Ghazi then scored closely on a misalignment of the black and white defense (2-0, 36th).
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