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Bradford stun Aston Villa to close on League Cup final

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:03 AM
Bradford City's Blair Turgott (left), celebrates with teammate Nathan Doyle after their 3-1 win over Aston Villa in their English League Cup semifinal soccer match at Valley Parade Stadium, Bradford, England, Tuesday Jan 8, 2013. -- PHOTO : AP 

BRADFORD, United Kingdom (AFP) - Fourth-tier Bradford City continued their extraordinary League Cup journey by upsetting Premier League Aston Villa 3-1 in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday.

Nehki Wells, Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh scored for the hosts at a raucous Valley Parade, with Andreas Weimann replying for Villa, as the Yorkshire club closed on a first major final since their FA Cup success in 1911.

Bradford have already accounted for Wigan Athletic and Arsenal in this season's competition and are bidding to become the first team from the English fourth division to reach the League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.

Ahead of the return leg at Villa Park on Jan 22, Paul Lambert's Villa face the prospect of yet another disappointment in a sorry season that has seen them sink to within a point of the Premier League relegation zone.

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