Apr 29, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
Vlaar (31'), Agbonlahor (88'), Benteke (55', 59', 72'), Weimann (38')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Rose (32')
Jimenez Cuellar (34'), Rose (66'), Bardsley (76')
Sessegnon (70')

Half-Time Report: Aston Villa lead Sunderland at break

Three goals in seven minutes light up the first half and send Aston Villa into the break 2-1 up against Sunderland this evening.

Aston Villa have taken a 2-1 lead into half time of their Premier League clash with Sunderland this evening after a flurry of three goals in seven minutes.

Managers Paulo Di Canio and Paul Lambert applaud, during the game between Villa and Sunderland on April 29, 2013© PA Photos

The visitors had the first clear chance of the match because of a mistake from Villa keeper Brad Guzan. The American misjudged the ball, allowing Craig Gardner to take it around him, but the Sunderland midfielder couldn't steer his shot in as Nathan Baker put it behind.

Villa should have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Gabriel Agbonlahor gave the ball to Christian Benteke, who returned the favour by flicking it onto the Englishman, but he could only poke his effort wide with only Simon Mignolet to beat.

The hosts were ahead soon after, however, as captain Ron Vlaar latched onto a loose ball before firing a low shot past Mignolet and into the corner.

This lead lasted little more than a minute as Sunderland replied instantly with an equaliser. Danny Rose played the ball into Danny Graham before picking up the return pass and slipping his shot past Guzan.

However, Villa were back ahead just a few minutes later as Matthew Lowton intercepted a pass and found Andreas Weimann, who took a touch before stroking his shot into the far corner.

The Black Cats almost found another dramatic equaliser just three minutes later when Alfred N'Diaye went for goal from distance, but his shot was comfortably saved by Guzan.

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