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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Aston Villa

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri ensured a winning start to 2016-17 for last season's beaten play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday

Aston Villa's first game in the second tier since 1988 ended in defeat as Fernando Forestieri's late goal gave Sheffield Wednesday victory in their Championship opener at Hillsborough.

Forestieri pounced on a poor clearance by Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to slot in an 85th-minute winner.

Roberto di Matteo's Villa improved as the game progressed after a slow start.

They looked on course for a point until Forestieri's intervention for last season's beaten play-off finalists.

Gollini had twice denied the Italian forward during the second period but was powerless to rectify his kicking error as Forestieri raced clear before finishing coolly into the corner of the net.

Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede both had headers saved and Ashley Westwood also drilled two long-range shots just wide as Villa, aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt under new boss Di Matteo, made a creditable but ultimately pointless start to life in the Championship.

Chances were scarce during a cagey first period, which was interrupted for five minutes while Owls debutant Steven Fletcher and Villa captain Tommy Elphick received treatment following a nasty clash of heads.

Scotland striker Fletcher required 10 stitches in a head wound and was unable to continue.

Villa's new £12m front man Ross McCormack was denied a debut goal by Tom Lees' last-ditch tackle shortly before his withdrawal after 77 minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We were fantastic in the first half and deserved to be ahead.

"Villa have a good team and they started playing more near our defence, who did some very good work.

"We gave a signal to everybody that we wanted to win by putting Atdhe Nuhiu up with Gary Hooper, and we scored the goal with a mistake because Gary pressed the goalkeeper. We deserved to win against a strong team in the competition."

Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo told BBC WM: "With 10 minutes to go, you're away from home against a good side, you'd like to see the game out. If you can't win it, don't lose it.

"Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

"It's very harsh for us to take because I'd like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.

"We have to learn from this situation - we've only been together for five weeks and you can see they've been together for a much longer time."


Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntSubstituted forPalmerat 84'minutes
  • 15LeesBooked at 45mins
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 30mins
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 67'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 41Bannan
  • 7Abdi
  • 45Forestieri
  • 6FletcherSubstituted forHooperat 27'minutes


  • 2Wildsmith
  • 14Hooper
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Helan
  • 19Lucas João
  • 24Semedo
  • 44Nuhiu

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 6ElphickBooked at 41mins
  • 2BakerBooked at 66mins
  • 28Cissokho
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forGreenat 86'minutes
  • 22GardnerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTshibolaat 70'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 10J Ayew
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forGrealishat 77'minutes
  • 14Gestede


  • 4Richards
  • 5Okore
  • 8Tshibola
  • 19Green
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andre Green.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Leandro Bacuna.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Aston Villa 0. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Jack Hunt.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Tshibola.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Ross McCormack.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a cross.

As It Stood

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