Arsenal defeated Swansea 2-1 to move into first place in English soccer’s Premier League, as Manchester United and Manchester City both lost.
Villa Park will host next season’s Community Shield game between Manchester City and Chelsea, the Football Association said.
Liverpool came back to win 2-1 at Aston Villa yesterday to deepen its opponent’s relegation concerns in English soccer’s Premier League.
Frank Lampard set Chelsea’s career scoring record by netting both goals in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa that virtually secured a place in the Champions League.
Bradford, which plays in English soccer’s fourth level, upset a third straight Premier League club to reach the League Cup final for the first time.
Newcastle defeated Aston Villa 2-1 for its first away victory of the season in English soccer’s Premier League, while last-place Queens Park Rangers drew 0-0 with defending champion Manchester City.
Carlos Tevez scored the only goal as Manchester City won at relegation-threatened Aston Villa to cut the gap to Premier League leader Manchester United to 12 points.
Manchester United beat Everton 2-0 to extend its lead atop English soccer’s Premier League to 12 points with 12 games left. Aston Villa defeated West Ham 2-1 to move out of the relegation zone.
Christian Benteke scored three goals in the second half as Aston Villa thrashed Sunderland 6-1 to move five points clear of Wigan, which occupies the last relegation place in English soccer’s Premier League.
Aston Villa’s Mark Albrighton put his name in the English Premier League record book last night as Manchester City and Manchester United tightened their grip on the top of the standings.