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Palace held by Aston Villa

February 14 2010

Johannes Ertl

Johannes Ertl

Crystal Palace twice went ahead but had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa in the FA Cup fifth round.

Johannes Ertl headed Palace in front only for James Collins to cancel it out before half-time.

The Eagles looked like they were headed into the next stage when Darren Ambrose scored a brilliant free-kick, but Stiliyan Petrov equalised for Premier League Villa with just three minutes left.

Ertl scored his first goal for Palace in the 24th minute as the Austrian met Ambrose's corner and nodded in past Brad Friedel.

Ten minutes before the break, Collins headed home Stewart Downing's flag kick to level matters for the Midlands club.

Palace went back in front after 70 minutes when Ambrose unleashed a 30 yard rocket past the helpless Friedel for this 16th goal of the season.

But Petrov spared Villa's blushes with an equaliser in the 87th minute to give his side a replay at Villa Park.

The winners will play Reading or West Brom in the quarter-finals.

Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Butterfield, Ertl, Davis, Hill, Ambrose, Derry, Danns, Carle, Lee (Andrew 90).

Not Used: Manns, Scannell, Lawrence, Djilali, N'Diaye, Wynter.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Delph (Delfouneso 75), Petrov, Downing, Heskey (Carew 46).

Not Used: Guzan, Sidwell, Davies, Beye, Cuellar.

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