Jedinak scores in the shootout to send Villa to Wembley
Former Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak scored from the spot to send Aston Villa to Wembley after they beat West Bromich Albion in a penalty shootout in their English Championship Play-off Semi-Final on Wednesday morning (AEST).
Jedinak came on with just seconds remaining in extra-time specifically for the shootout and he slotted Villa’s second spot-kick as they won 4-3 on penalties.
A shootout was required after the semi-final tie ended 2-2 on aggregate, with West Brom’s 1-0 win in the second leg cancelling-out Villa’s 2-1 victory on the weekend.
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While Jedinak’s cool finish from the spot was crucial for Dean Smith’s side, keeper Jed Steer – who started the season as Villa’s fourth-choice gloveman – was the hero with two vital saves in the shootout.
Villa will now face either Leeds United or Derby County – who play on Thursday morning at Elland Road with Leeds holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg – in the final at Wembley on May 27 (AEST).
A win in the Play-off Final would promote Villa back to the Premier League after a three-year absence.
Norwich City and Sheffield United were promoted automatically after finishing as the top-two in the Championship at the end of the regular season.