Aston Villa released in the 3rd round of the Cup by Stevenage (D4)

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Aston Villa released in the 3rd round of the Cup by Stevenage (D4)

No less than eight Premier League teams were eliminated as soon as they entered the third round of the Cup across the Channel. And another elite formation is guaranteed to bite the dust, Woverhampton or holding Liverpool will have to replay their match after their draw at Anfield (2-2) on Saturday.

While Arsenal will try to overcome the hurdle of Oxford United (D3) on Monday and Leeds will also be forced into a “match to replay” against Cardiff City (D2), Aston Villa (11th in the Premier League) has surprised, this Sunday, on his lawn by Stevenage.

The manager of the Villans, Unai Emery, quadruple winner of the Europa League, had however hammered this week that he was aiming for the final victory in the Cup, a competition cursed in recent years for the Villans, seven times winners of the event (1887, 1895, 1897, 1905, 1913, 1920 and 1957).

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Aston Villa remain on a series of 8 defeats in the FA Cup. His last success in the competition dates back to January 19, 2016 when he dismissed Wycombe (D4, 2-0) in the 3rd round in a replay match, before losing to Manchester City (0-4, 4th round ).

After opening the score by Sanson (1-0), Aston Villa was finally swept away from the event by the hair-raising final of its opponents, who first came back to score on penalty by Reid (88th), before Campbell does not send Stevenage and its 3,000 supporters who had made the trip to Villa Park in paradise (90th).

“It’s magic for the players, the chairman and for the town of Stevenage”said manager Steve Evans, congratulating his players and “their heart as big as Big Ben”.

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