Substitute Duran Rescues Villa From Liverpool’s Defeat

Colombian super-sub Jhon Duran scored two late goals as Aston Villa grabbed a lifeline minutes from drowning in defeat against Liverpool.

A match that started with Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez conceding a shocking own-goal after 62 seconds, turned into a thrilling match as Duran came on to save the night with strikes in the 85th and 88th minutes.

Villa is now on 68 points with one game remaining, five clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur who have two matches still to come but must beat title-chasing Manchester City on Tuesday to stay in contention.

Tottenham ends their season at bottom-side Sheffield United on Sunday, while Unai Emery’s side plays their last game at 12th-placed Crystal Palace.

“We got a bit of luck. It’s been a tough few weeks with the lads coming back and playing through the pain barrier. This place got us going,” Villa captain John McGinn told Sky Sports television.

“Big Jhon is a bit nuts at times, he’s a nightmare to play against.

“There’s some of us that have never been close to the Champions League in our life. The manager has a no-excuse mentality. People have written us off and we’ve floated under the radar. We’ll have our Man City tops on tomorrow.”

The VAR was a sure decider of how the match turned out because neither crowd was pleased.

“It got away from us. We played really good football. We were really good, played a lot of good stuff, and caused a lot of problems,” said Klopp, whose last game with Liverpool will be against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

“They scored an equaliser and I don’t even know how,” added the German.

“We wanted to win the game. In the moment, when we gave away the 3-2, that was really tricky. That’s it, that’s the story of the game.”