Danny Ings scored from the penalty spot as Aston Villa beat Leeds in a spirited pre-season clash

Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa: Danny Ings penalty settles Premier League pureblood clash

Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa: Danny Ings penalty settles Premier League pureblood showdown in Brisbane, as Steven Gerrard’s side win again in pre-season despite Philippe Coutinho also missing a shot of foot.

  • Danny Ings second-half penalty settled heated Premier League showdown
  • Philippe Coutinho missed his own kick, with his rebound also saved
  • The game was ruined when Whites youngster Archie Gray picked up an injury

Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to their pre-season campaign after beating fellow Premier League side Leeds in a fiery spectacle in Brisbane.

Danny Ings scored from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark to settle the blood contest, which saw a number of grizzly tackles force saves.

The margin of victory for Steven Gerrard’s side could perhaps have been greater, given that they missed several chances to increase their lead in the set.

Danny Ings scored from the penalty spot as Aston Villa beat Leeds in a spirited pre-season clash

Ings coolly entered from 12 yards in the second half to help Villa claim victory in Australia

Ings coolly entered from 12 yards in the second half to help Villa claim victory in Australia

It was Leeds who started the brightest, however, after Jack Harrison launched into a weaving run to the box and pulled the trigger, only to send his shot wide.

On the other side, Villa then picked up a penalty with 24 minutes on the clock, with Tyler Adams penalized for the handball after good work from Philippe Coutinho.

The playmaker rose to take, although nonsense Illan Meslier stopped the free kick superbly. He was just as alert to then avoid the rebound.

Philippe Coutinho missed his own kick earlier in the clash after Tyler Adams' handball

Philippe Coutinho missed his own kick earlier in the clash after Tyler Adams’ handball

Illan Meslier guessed correctly to save the penalty, and also got up to deny Coutinho's rebound

Illan Meslier guessed correctly to save the penalty, and also got up to deny Coutinho’s rebound

TEAM COMPOSITIONS

London: Meslier, Kristense (Drameh 64), Koch, Llorente (Struijk 45), Davis (Hjelde 68), Roca (Forshaw 62), Adams (Gray 62), Aaronson (Klich 62), James (Summerville 62), Harrison (Sinisterra 62 ), Bamford (Rodrigo 62)

Unused subtitles: Klaesson, Gyabi, Gelhardt, Greenwood

AstonVilla: Olsen, Cash (Guilbert 45), Mings (Carlos 45), Chambers, Digne (Young 45), Luiz (Sanson 45), Kamara (Nakamba 45), Bailey (A. Ramsey 45), Coutinho ( Buendia 45), J. Ramsey (McGinn 45), Watkins (Eng 45)

Unused subtitles: Archer, Iroegbunam, Feeney, Marshall

Moments later, Villa found themselves on goal once more. Coutinho brushed off Watkins, but once again Meslier was on hand to preserve the stalemate.

Leeds came through Brenden Aaronson, who played Patrick Bamford in the box. He was turned down by Robin Olsen, with Daniel James scraping a wide following.

At the start of the second half, Villa made nine changes and even had the ball in the net thanks to Ings’ finishing, although the goal was scored for offside.

The same striker and Harrison then traded chances at either end, with the former crashing into the side netting and the latter dragging his effort badly.

Coutinho was close to opening the scoring in the game in composure before the goalkeeper's exploits

Coutinho was close to opening the scoring in the game in composure before the goalkeeper’s exploits

OIlie Watkins missed a chance after being played, with his shot choked by Meslier

OIlie Watkins missed a chance after being played, with his shot choked by Meslier

Shortly after, it was the Whites’ turn to reshuffle their ranks, with six players, including young Archie Gray, brought into the thick of the action.

A minute later, Villa took the lead. Leif Davis was penalized for another handball, awarding the Midlands side a second penalty. Ings made no mistakes from 12 yards out.

Leeds’ afternoon took another turn for the worse when Gray was forced off the pitch on a stretcher, following a poor challenge from John McGinn, who had been warned.

The game got even worse after Whites youngster Archie Gray was sent off on a stretcher

The game got even worse after Whites youngster Archie Gray was sent off on a stretcher

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