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Aston Villa and Liverpool share the points

In a dramatic and historic night at Villa Park, Aston Villa pulled off a spectacular comeback to draw 3-3 with Liverpool, keeping their hopes alive for a maiden qualification to the UEFA Champions League. The Birmingham-based club now sits fourth in the Premier League, holding a five-point cushion over their closest competitor, Tottenham Hotspur. The match was filled with intensity and emotion from the start. Liverpool struck first when Aston Villa’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez inadvertently turned a Harvey Elliott cross into his own net in the second minute. However, the home side quickly responded with Youri Tielemans leveling the score in the 12th minute.

Loads of goals

Liverpool regained the lead through Cody Gakpo in the 23rd minute. Gakpo, who recently celebrated the birth of his child, saw his initial goal ruled out for offside. But after a prolonged VAR review, the decision was overturned, and the goal stood, putting Liverpool ahead 1-2. The visitors extended their lead early in the second half. In the 48th minute, Jarell Quansah headed in a Harvey Elliott cross, giving Liverpool a seemingly comfortable 1-3 advantage.

Durán's brace

The match took another turn in the closing stages, with substitute Jhon Durán emerging as the hero for Aston Villa. In the 85th minute, Durán brought Villa back into the game with a close-range finish, making it 2-3. Just three minutes later, his deflected shot found the back of the net, sparking wild celebrations among the home fans as Villa drew level at 3-3. Durán's impact off the bench was pivotal, securing a crucial point for Aston Villa. With this result, Villa's Champions League aspirations are now within touching distance. If Tottenham Hotspur fails to defeat Manchester City on Sunday, Villa’s place in next season’s Champions League will be confirmed. Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool have already secured their spots in Europe’s elite competition. This thrilling encounter showcased the resilience and determination of Aston Villa, highlighting their potential to compete at the highest level in European football. The Villans are now on the brink of a historic achievement, poised to join the continent’s elite for the first time in their storied history.