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Aston Villa 1-1 Sheffield United: Hosts Miss Chance To Go Top Of The Premier League

By Emma SmithBBC Sport at Villa Park

Last updated on 2 minutes ago2 minutes ago.From the section Premier League

Aston Villa were denied several penalty shouts and a goal by VAR against Sheffield UnitedAston Villa missed out on the chance to move top of the Premier League as they were held at home by bottom club Sheffield United.

Cameron Archer, sold by Villa to the Blades in the summer, stunned the hosts by opening the scoring in the 88th minute from close range.

Substitute Nicolo Zaniolo snatched a point for Villa with a header deep into stoppage time, but they could not find a winner.

Villa needed a win to go top for the first time since August 2011, having not led the table at this stage in a season for 25 years.

But despite dominating possession and chances, they remain behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference.

Leon Bailey had the ball in the net earlier in the second half but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee.

Villa had come close in the first half when United keeper Wes Foderingham saved low from Moussa Diaby before Ezri Konsa sent a stooping far-post header over from a John McGinn corner.

They were also frustrated by VAR, which corroborated on-pitch official Anthony Taylor’s decision not to award an 11th-minute penalty when Ollie Watkins was bundled over by Vinicius Souza.

VAR continued to deny Villa after the break, with Jacob Ramsey judged to have fouled Foderingham from a corner before Bailey swept home just before the hour.

And they were sucker punched in the 88th minute when Archer turned home Gustavo Hamer’s pull back from inside the six-yard box, before Zaniolo rescued some small consolation by beating Foderingham to Douglas Luiz’s 97th-minute cross.

More follows.

Line-upsAston VillaFormation 4-4-1-1

1E Martínez

2Cash4Konsa17Lenglet12Digne

31Bailey7McGinn6Douglas Luiz41J Ramsey

19Diaby

11Watkins

1E Martínez2CashBooked at 90mins4Konsa17Lenglet12DigneSubstituted forMorenoat 74’minutes31BaileyBooked at 49minsSubstituted forZanioloat 81’minutesBooked at 90mins7McGinn6Douglas Luiz41J Ramsey19DiabySubstituted forDuránat 74’minutes11WatkinsSubstitutes3Diego Carlos15Moreno16Chambers22Zaniolo24Durán32Dendoncker42Marschall47Iroegbunam58O’ReillySheff UtdFormation 3-4-2-1

18Foderingham

2Baldock19Robinson5Trusty

20Bogle21de Souza Costa16Norwood27Larouci

25Ben Slimane35Brooks

10Archer

18Foderingham2Baldock19Robinson5TrustyBooked at 90mins20BogleBooked at 69mins21de Souza Costa16Norwood27LarouciBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLoweat 58’minutes25Ben SlimaneSubstituted forMcAteeat 76’minutes35BrooksSubstituted forHamerat 58’minutes10ArcherSubstituted forMcBurnieat 90’minutesSubstitutes1Davies3Lowe4Fleck8Hamer9McBurnie11Traoré14Thomas23Osborn28McAteeLive TextMatch ends, Aston Villa 1, Sheffield United 1.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Sheffield United 1.

Matty Cash (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matty Cash (Aston Villa).

James McAtee (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Auston Trusty (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Sheffield United 1. Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Douglas Luiz with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clément Lenglet (Aston Villa).

Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Álex Moreno (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United).

Substitution, Sheffield United. Oliver McBurnie replaces Cameron Archer.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gustavo Hamer.

Attempt blocked. Matty Cash (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Álex Moreno (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Cash with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

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Aston VillaSquad number1Player nameE Martínez

Squad number2Player nameCash

Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Squad number17Player nameLenglet

Squad number12Player nameDigne

Squad number31Player nameBailey

Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

Squad number19Player nameDiaby

Squad number11Player nameWatkins

Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

Squad number24Player nameDurán

Sheffield UnitedSquad number18Player nameFoderingham

Squad number2Player nameBaldock

Squad number19Player nameRobinson

Squad number5Player nameTrusty

Squad number20Player nameBogle

Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza

Squad number16Player nameNorwood

Squad number27Player nameLarouci

Squad number25Player nameBen Slimane

Squad number35Player nameBrooks

Squad number10Player nameArcher

Squad number3Player nameLowe

Squad number8Player nameHamer

Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

Squad number28Player nameMcAtee