Jul 14, 2013 at 2.30pm UK
VfL BochumVfL Bochum
1-1
Aston Villa
Tasaka (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Helenius (47')

Result: Aston Villa denied victory late on

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert before his side's match against Fulham on April 13, 2013
© PA Photos
Yusuke Tasaka scores late on as VfL Bochum secure a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in a pre-season fixture on Sunday.

A last-minute strike from Yusuke Tasaka secured VfL Bochum a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday.

Villa boss Paul Lambert selected a different XI for each half, but personnel such as Andres Weimann, Ashley Westwood and Fabian Delph did start the match.

Tasaka had the first real chance to open the scoring for Bochum after 15 minutes, but the midfielder could only fire his effort high and wide of Brad Guzan's crossbar.

Villa's best chance arrived late in the half when Westwood found Weimann in the box, but the Austrian international could only slide a low effort wide of the post from a promising position.

The English outfit did have the lead early in the second period, however, when Nicklas Helenius headed home from close range after smart work from Leandro Bacuna on the right.

Villa continued to dominate as the second period gathered pace, with Bacuna and Marc Albrighton both curling efforts just high of the crossbar from outside the box.

It might have been more than 2-0 for the away side in the latter stages with Bacuna and Helenius both coming close, but it was the German outfit who ended on a happier note late on courtesy of a curling strike from Tasaka.

Ciaran Clark
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