Vlaar returns in Villa draw

Aston Villa played out a goalless draw with Italian side Parma in their final friendly before the new season.

Last Updated: 09/08/14 at 22:57 Post Comment

Ron Vlaar: Skippered Aston Villa in their final pre-season friendly

Ron Vlaar: Skippered Aston Villa in their final pre-season friendly

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Darren Bent, who spent last season on-loan at eventually-relegated Fulham, came on as a second-half substitute and went closest for Paul Lambert’s side when he whacked a shot against the bar.

In a game of few highlights, Villa skipper Ron Vlaar returned to the side following his exploits with Netherlands at the World Cup and subsequent extended break.

His appearance will hand the club a boost ahead of their opening Premier League game against Midlands rivals Stoke next week, but his future at the club remains in doubt amid interest from a host of clubs across Europe.

Raffaele Palladino tested Brad Guzan, who was the only Villa player to complete 90 minutes in the game, with an early effort easily saved.

But Andi Weimann almost opened the scoring for the hosts shortly after with a powerful effort from distance tipped over by Parma keeper Antonio Mirante.

New signings from Fulham, Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson, also went close before half-time while Palladino had another shot at the other end.

Subs Fabian Delph and Gabriel Agbonlahor had the best chances in the second half for Villa apart from that of Bent, whose future at Villa Park is also uncertain given he has been unwanted by Villa boss Lambert for over a year. 

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company