Aston Villa secured a pulsating 3-2 victory against a resilient 10-man Burnley, propelling them to second place in the Premier League, level on points with leaders Liverpool. Douglas Luiz’s late penalty, crashing in off the crossbar, was the decisive moment in a match filled with twists and turns.
The action-packed encounter saw Villa take the lead twice, with goals from Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby, but Burnley responded each time. Zeki Amdouni and Lyle Foster found the net for the visitors, with Foster’s effort ruled out for offside. Sander Berge’s second yellow card made Burnley’s task even more challenging, yet Foster equalized again against the run of play.
The dramatic finale unfolded when Aaron Ramsey fouled Villa substitute Jhon Duran in the box, leading to Luiz’s nerveless penalty that struck the woodwork twice before finding the net.
Villa’s dominance in the early stages was evident, with Bailey opening the scoring after a splendid build-up involving Ollie Watkins. However, Burnley quickly responded as Amdouni acrobatically volleyed in from a free-kick.
Diaby restored Villa’s lead before halftime, courtesy of Watkins’ relentless efforts. Berge’s dismissal gave Villa a numerical advantage, but Foster capitalized on defensive lapses to equalize once more.
Despite numerous missed chances for Villa, Luiz’s late heroics secured the vital three points. The victory places Villa in a strong position in the title race, showcasing their resilience and determination as they chase Premier League glory in 2024.