A 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the 2022/23 Premier League season clinched European football for Aston Villa in 2023/24.
Villa finish in seventh place in the league table and qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League play-offs. The club last competed in Europe in 2010/11, losing to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League play-off round.
Douglas Luiz — the supporters’ and players’ Player of the Season — opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he finished off a low left-sided cross by Jacob Ramsey in the box.
Ramsey assisted on Villa’s second goal, too, providing the crucial legwork in a counter-attack that resulted in Ollie Watkins’s 15th league tally of the season.
“It means a lot…”
“It’s important because we’re going to be one step ahead in our objective to be in Europe,” he added. “To play in the Conference League is very important.”
“It means a lot,” said John captain John McGinn after the match. “Obviously I was here when we failed to get promoted and then the owners came in. They had a plan and an ambition to get this club back to where it belongs.
“The club’s got no ceiling. There’s a long waiting list for season tickets and everyone wants to be a part of Aston Villa.”
Aston Villa’s UECL future explained
Villa’s final league position ensures they will participate in the play-off round of the Europa Conference League next season. They must win a two-legged tie in August to qualify for the competition’s group stage.
The UECL play-off draw takes place on August 7, and depending on how teams in other leagues qualify for the competition, Villa could be either seeded or unseeded. If seeded, Villa — in theory — would draw a more favorable opponent.
Should Villa qualify for the Group Stage and win the competition outright they would qualify for the UEFA Europa League for the 2024/25 season.
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