VIDEO: Everton progress in the Europa League; Goodnight Vienna for Villa; Valiant Hearts fall to Zagreb

Sigma Olomouc 1 – Everton 1 (Agg. 1-5) (Europa League, August 27, 2009) The Toffees made a nervy start and were a player down within 10 minutes when Tony Hibbert saw red. Steven Pienaar put the tie beyond all doubt shortly before halftime, but the hosts salvaged some pride in the closing stages as a well worked free-kick between substitutes Rudolf Otekpa and Pavel Sultes nestled in the bottom corner of Tim Howard’s net.

Aston Villa 2 – Rapid Vienna 1* (Agg. 2-2) (Europa League, August 27, 2009) James Milner’s first half penalty levelled the aggregate, although Ashley Young had missed an earlier spot-kick for the Villains. John Carew, making his first appearance of the season, doubled the Aston Villa lead as the Norway striker broke down the right and cut inside and drilled the ball home with a low finish. The match turned 12 minutes from time when  Brad Guzan parried a shot into the path of Nikica Jelavic who scored the crucial away goal.

Hearts 2 – Dinamo Zagreb 0 (Agg. 2-4) (Europa League, August 27, 2009) Michael Stewart sparked dreams of overturning the 4-0 first-leg deficit with his 16th-minute opener. Marius Zaliukas hooked in the second shortly after the break but Hearts never really came close to coming back into the tie.