Villa completed their pre-season schedule in fine style with a brilliant 3-2 win over Malaga.
Paul Lambert's side now head to Arsenal next Saturday with plenty of heart after a performance which laid strong foundations for the coming season.
Christian Benteke was on fire once again, scoring two in the clash and generally showing his powerful potential up front.
Ron Vlaar defended strongly alongside Jores Okore and it was the club captain who headed home the other goal in front of 22,150 fans in B6.
Malaga did come back after the break but the claret and blues held on to give themselves a top tonic before travelling to The Emirates.
Neville Williams was on hand to take pictures during the exciting encounter.
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