Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa: Danny Ings' penalty settles full-blooded clash

Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa: Danny Ings’ penalty settles full-blooded all-Premier League showdown in Brisbane, as Steven Gerrard’s side win again in pre-season despite Philippe Coutinho also missing a spot-kick

  • Danny Ings’ second-half penalty settled the fiery Premier League showdown 
  • Philippe Coutinho missed a spot-kick of his own, with his rebound also saved 
  • The game was marred when Whites youngster Archie Gray was stretchered off 

Aston Villa kept up their unbeaten start to their pre-season campaign after beating fellow Premier League Leeds in a fiery spectacle in Brisbane.

Danny Ings netted from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark to settle the full-blooded contest, which saw a number of grizzly tackles force stoppages.

The margin of victory for Steven Gerrard’s side could perhaps have been larger, given they missed several chances to increase their lead in the heat.

Danny Ings netted from the penalty spot as Aston Villa beat Leeds in a feisty pre-season clash

Ings coolly slotted in from 12 yards in the second half, helping Villa earn the victory in Australia

It was Leeds who started the brighter, however, after Jack Harrison set off on a weaving run towards the box and pulled the trigger, only to send his shot wide.

Down the other end, Villa were then awarded a penalty with 24 minutes on the clock, with Tyler Adams penalised for handball after good work from Philippe Coutinho.

The playmaker stepped up to take, although goalkeeper Illan Meslier superbly stopped the spot-kick. He was equally alert to then keep out the rebound. 

Philippe Coutinho missed his own spot-kick earlier in the clash after Tyler Adams’ handball

Illan Meslier guessed correctly to save the penalty, and also got up to deny Coutinho’s rebound


Leeds: Meslier, Kristense (Drameh 64), Koch, Llorente (Struijk 45), Davis (Hjelde 68), Roca (Forshaw 62), Adams (Gray 62), Aaronson (Klich 62), James (Summerville 62), Harrison (Sinisterra 62), Bamford (Rodrigo 62)

Subs not used: Klaesson, Gyabi, Gelhardt, Greenwood

Aston Villa: Olsen, Cash (Guilbert 45), Mings (Carlos 45), Chambers, Digne (Young 45), Luiz (Sanson 45), Kamara (Nakamba 45), Bailey (A. Ramsey 45), Coutinho (Buendia 45), J. Ramsey (McGinn 45), Watkins (Ings 45)

Subs not used: Archer, Iroegbunam, Feeney, Marschall

Just moments later, Villa found themselves through on goal once again. Coutinho slotted Watkins away, but once more, Meslier was on hand to preserve the deadlock. 

Leeds came forward through Brenden Aaronson, who played Patrick Bamford into the box. He was denied by Robin Olsen, with Daniel James scuffing a follow-up wide.

At the start of the second half, Villa made nine changes and even had the ball in the net through Ings’ finish, although the goal was chalked off for an offside call.

The same striker and Harrison then exchanged chances at either end, with the former smashing into the side netting and the latter dragging his effort poorly. 

Coutinho was set to open the scoring in the full-blooded match before the keeper’s heroics

OIlie Watkins missed a chance after being played through, with his shot smothered by Meslier

Shortly after, it was the Whites’ turn to reshuffle their ranks, with six players, including youngster Archie Gray, introduced into the thick of the action. 

Just a minute later, Villa took the lead. Leif Davis was penalised for another handball, awarding the Midlands outfit a second penalty. Ings made no mistake from 12 yards. 

Leeds’ afternoon took another turn for the worse when Gray was forced off the pitch on a stretcher, following a poor challenge from John McGinn, who was booked. 

The game was further soured after Whites youngster Archie Gray was forced off on a stretcher

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