Sunday 27 May 2018

Petrov makes return for Villa

Aston Villa Captain Stiliyan Petrov Picture: Getty
Aston Villa Captain Stiliyan Petrov Picture: Getty

Stiliyan Petrov made his first Aston Villa appearance in more than four years as Roberto Di Matteo's side hammered Austrians Gak 1902 8-0.

Petrov played the second half as Villa romped home over their Austrian sixth-tier opponents, the 37-year-old stepping up his comeback after beating leukaemia.

Bulgaria midfielder Petrov last turned out for Villa in March 2012, before retiring due to his illness. The 105-cap international confirmed his comeback earlier this summer, and has now duly donned Villa's claret and blue on their pre-season tour.

A Jordan Ayew double and goals from Micah Richards and Libor Kozak put Villa in total control, leading 4-0 at the break.

New boss Di Matteo changed the entire team at half-time, and braces from Joe Bennett and Rudy Gestede ensured Villa coasted home.

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