League Two Side Bradford Upsets Aston Villa in Capital One Cup

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

League Two club Bradford shocked Aston Villa on Tuesday to reach the Capital One Cup final.

The Villans defeated Bradford 2-1, but the Bantams advanced with a 4-3 aggregate victory. It was a historic result, as Bradford became the first fourth-tier side to advance to the League Cup final since 1962.

After falling to Bradford 3-1 on Jan. 8, Villa needed to win by at least two goals to keep their championship hopes alive. They looked well on their way in the 24th minute when Christian Benteke gave the home side a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Villans, Bradford's James Hanson crushed their hopes by netting a header in the 55th minute. Substitute Andreas Weimann put Villa back on top with a late goal in the 89th, but his efforts couldn't save the Villans from embarrassment.

It has been a horrible season for Aston Villa, who are on the verge of relegation. They are in 17th place in the Barclays Premier League, and if they continue to struggle, their days in England's top league could be over.

Meanwhile, the Bantams have become the darlings of England. The scrappy fourth-tier squad has shown no fear in the League Cup, beating three Premier League teams on their way to the final.

After taking out Wigan Athletic and EPL powerhouse Arsenal via penalty kicks, they thoroughly outplayed Villa to advance to the final at historic Wembley Stadium (Sunday, Feb. 24.)

Bradford will play the winner of Chelsea and Swansea City, who face off on Wednesday. Swansea upset Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of their matchup.