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Aston Villa reach UCL for first time


Aston Villa reach UCL for first time

Aston Villa is heading back to the Champions League for the first time in more than 40 years. With Tottenham's 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Tuesday (May 14), Villa clinched a spot in the Premier League's top four. It will be the club's first time playing in the competition since it was rebranded from the European Cup in 1992. On Monday, Villa staged a furious comeback to earn a 3-3 draw against Liverpool. Down 3-1 late, Jhon Duran netted goals in the 85th and 88th minutes to secure a point. That gave Unai Emery's squad 68 points on the season with one match remaining. Spurs sits in fifth with 63.

Aston Villa have qualified for the Champions League for the first time after top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur lost to Manchester City on Tuesday (May 14).

Tottenham had been the only team who could have overtaken Villa into fourth before Tuesday, but are now five points behind Unai Emery's side with one game remaining.

Villa have not reached UEFA's premier club competition since it rebranded from the European Cup to the Champions League in 1991-92. They last played in the European Cup 41 years ago in 1982-83 having won the competition the season before.

Villa did finish second and fourth in the Premier League in 1992-93 and 1995-96 respectively, but in both those seasons only first was good enough to reach the Champions League.

Spurs is out of the Champions League but is still battling with Newcastle United, Chelsea and Manchester United for spots in the Europa League and Conference League. Those berths will be decided on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

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