DR Congo's Wissa, Cameroon's Mbeumo on target as Brentford holds Aston Villa in thriller

AP , Saturday 6 Apr 2024

Aston Villa’s top-four hopes in the English Premier League were damaged after it threw away a two-goal lead and drew 3-3 with Brentford, which scored three times in a crazy nine-minute spell at Villa Park on Saturday.

Yoane Wissa
Brentford s French-born DR Congo striker #11 Yoane Wissa (R) celebrates after scoring his team third goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on April 6, 2024. AFP

Villa looked to be consolidating fourth place after goals either side of halftime from Ollie Watkins and Morgan Rogers.

The hosts then hit the self-destruct button as quickfire strikes from Mathias Jorgensen, Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa saw Brentford take the lead remarkably.

Watkins' header from Leon Bailey's cross rescued a point but the result handed the impetus to Tottenham in the race for the fourth guaranteed Champions League qualification spot. Spurs, who are three points behind in fifth, hosts relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest on Sunday and also have a game in hand.

The Premier League could yet have five entrants for next season’s Champions League, depending on how English clubs perform in the European competitions this campaign.

The draw meant Brentford’s winless run extended to nine games, with the team four points above the relegation zone.

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