Azkals overseas – Neil Etheridge: Cardiff drops to third

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Cardiff City’s run to the Premier League has been dealt with another setback as the team dropped to third in the EFL Championship after narrowly losing to Aston Villa through a second half goal by Jack Grealish at Villa Park Wednesday morning (Manila Time).

The Bluebirds headed to Aston Villa’s home ground needing a positive result to retain their hold of the second place in the EFL Championship that would provide them a direct promotion to the English top-flight.

Despite almost going down in just the second minute of the match and the hosts having most of the possession in the first half, the Welsh side was able to hold its own footing, even getting a chance in the 16th minute only to be denied by the upright as halftime arrived with both teams goalless.

The second half continued to be an edgy affair as both sides given a few good chances.

Cardiff got a sniff at scoring on at least a couple of occasions only to be denied by an inspired Villan keeper Sam Johnstone.

In the 65th minute Philippine Azkals keeper Neil Etheridge kept Cardiff well into the match with an excellent double save to deny the opposition’s forward, Jonthan Kodjia.

However, The Bluebirds were dealt a killer blow in the 85th minute when Jack Grealish produced a superb volleyed effort to send Villa ahead.

The lead would stand until the end of the match as Cardiff City slips to third in the EFL Championship standings with Fulham overtaking them to seize the second spot.

Although, Cardiff City still has a game in hand, the Welsh club needs a win on their next match away against Norwich City on Saturday 14th of April (10:00PM, Manila Time) to regain the automatic promotion spot.

Aston Villa: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Jedinak, Chester, Tuanzebe (Bree, 26); Snodgrass, Whelan, Hourihane (Samba, 88), Adomah (Kodjia, 60); Grealish, Grabban.

Cardiff City: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Grujic, Gunnarsson, Paterson; Mendez-Laing (Pilkington, 90), Hoilett (J. Ward, 88), Zohore (Madine, 68).

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