Bradford stuns Aston Villa 3-1 in League Cup semi final

Villa put on striker Darren Bent to replace Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 57th minute, but he wasted a good chance for an equalizer by heading over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy after Benteke's shot had rebounded off Duke.

updated: January 09, 2013 11:13 IST
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Bradford: Fourth-tier Bradford pulled off another major surprise in the League Cup on Tuesday, beating Aston Villa 3-1 in the first leg of their semifinal to move one step away from the club's first major final since 1911.

Bradford followed up its stunning win over Arsenal on penalties by holding its own against another Premier League club, taking a 2-0 lead after goals from Nahki Wells in the 19th and Rory McArdle in the 77th. Andreas Weimann gave Villa a valuable away goal in the 83rd but Carl McHugh restored the more comfortable two-goal cushion with a powerful header in the 89th.

Villa can still turn things around at home, but is facing a much tougher task than expected after wasting a number of scoring opportunities against the League Two club. The second leg is at Villa Park on Jan. 22.

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