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Spot on in the States

Spot on in the States

On this day in 1999, Villa beat Dutch club Ajax in the semi-final of the pre-season Gotham Cup at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

The match finished 2-2, Villa’s goals coming from Julian Joachim and Dion Dublin, before John Gregory’s men won 3-2 on penalties.  

The spot kicks were converted by Steve Stone, Mark Draper and Alan Wright. 

In the final at the same venue two days later, Villa lost 4-0 to Fiorentina.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 23rd July 1999