Europa League Semi Final Report
How the final looks after this Semi Final
It wasn't the best of situations for Paul McGrath's Aston Villa side going into the second leg of the Europa League Semi Final against German Side Vfb Stuttgart. The German's held a slender 1-0 lead but still a lead none the less.
Aston Villa had defeated Chelsea and Manchester United this month already but then two defeats first to Stuttgart and then a very inept display against Arsenal had ended the hopes of a top four finish but not the chance to play in the Champions League next season while they were still in the Europa League.
Rondon hit a stunning overhead kick to open the scoring
In a season of close run things
in the cup competitions, runners up in the Capital One Cup and semi finalists in the F.A Cup again for what seemed like the 18th year Villa new they had to overturn a 1-0 deficit and win but win well!
Aston Villa Captain and free scorer Salomon Rondon
for all his goals this season was being portrayed in the press for being a choker but this time he shoved the press's comments up there backsides as Aston Villa did overcome the first leg defeat to not only defeat Stuttgart but thrash them 4-0
and it only took 18 minutes to see of the most amazing goals of the season in the Europa League when Venezuelen striker Rondon scored an overhead kick from 8 yards out and it was one of the best goals you would ever see.
Ryan Gauld then got the second goal of the match with a crisp left foot shot and Villa were way on top. Rondon had been around and menacing all half and when he broke free just before half time it was inevitable what was going to happen and Villa were 3-1 up at half time on aggregate but 3-0 up on the night.
When Rondon completed the rout and yet another hattrick in a Villa shirt, his 9th of his Villa career Villa new they were heading to France for the final against Manchester City.
Gauld hit a great goal to join Rondon with the goals against Stuttgart
It meant Villa could look forward to a trip to Parc des Princes for the final following the victory and they will certainly look back at some great wins along the way with perhaps the most noticeable including an emphatic 6-3 win against Lazio
, their convincing 5-2 aggregate win against Hoffenheim
and a highly impressive 6-0 win against Anderlecht
also broke the record for scoring the most goals in the Europa League history. The striker, who grabbed himself a hattrick against German in Stuttgart and has grabbed a total of 15 goals
this season with the final still to go. So just who do Aston Villa play?
Manchester City will be there opponents after defeating Bayer Leverkuen 5-2 on aggregate to set up a all English Europa League final again just like last season where Villa lost out to Spurs on penalties in Hamburg at the Amsterdam Arena.
Fans celebrate winning in the Semi Final
This season's final will take place at 19:45 on Wednesday 29th May