The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

Minnows Bradford stun Villa, into League Cup final


BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Fourth-tier Bradford City continued their League Cup fairytale by completing a sensational 4-3 aggregate semi-final win over Aston Villa on Tuesday that sent them into the final.

After James Hanson had cancelled out Christian Benteke's opener for Villa, Andreas Weimann scored in the 89th minute to give the hosts a 2-1 win, but it could not keep Bradford from a first major final since they won the 1911 FA Cup.

League Two side Bradford, who had previously accounted for Arsenal and Wigan Athletic in the competition, become the first team from England's fourth level to reach the League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.

The biggest game in the Yorkshire club's modern history will occur at Wembley Stadium on Feb 24, when they will face either Chelsea or Swansea City, who resume hostilities on Wednesday with Swansea 2-0 up from the first leg.