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Emery eager to top group after Villans progress
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Nick Mashiter
Press Association
Alex Moreno netted Aston Villa's winner at Villa Park
Alex Moreno netted Aston Villa's winner at Villa Park

Unai Emery urged Aston Villa to finish the job after they advanced to the Europa Conference League knockout phase. 

The Spaniard, 52, wants to seal top spot in Group E following his side's 2-1 win over Legia Warzawa at Villa Park. 

Alex Moreno's goal — on his first appearance since May following a hamstring injury — secured the victory after Moussa Diaby's opener was cancelled out by Ernest Muci in the first half. 

The Villans moved above Legia at the top of the group and need a point in Mostar next month to guarantee their last-16 spot. 

Emery said: "I'm really happy because we started this competition losing in Warsaw. We wanted to show how we have improved after that match and we played well. 

"We were professional, feeling good, feeling strong and we want to finish first. It's not complete yet but we are close to it. 

"This competition is very important, it's a trophy and trying to get minutes for some players. 

"Moreno has come back, Jacob Ramsey, Jhon Duran got 90 minutes. As a team we had to get performances with every player."

Diaby struck after four minutes when he was sent scampering down the right by Youri Tielemans before cutting inside and finding the corner. 

Duran went close to adding a second before Legia cashed in on an error by Boubacar Kamara after 20 minutes. 

The midfielder received the ball from Robin Olsen on the edge of the box but passed straight to Muci, who found the top corner. 

Legia settled and went close three minutes into the second half when Gil Dias' header hit the bar. 

But it sparked Villa back into life and, after Kacper Tobiasz denied Diaby, Moreno netted a 59th-minute winner when he volleyed in Douglas Luiz's free-kick. 

Legia boss Kosta Runjaic said: “It's the expected result but we faced it in a pretty good way. Villa have a lot of power at home. 

"The first half was equal, we tried to play with courage and scored a fantastic goal. In the end it was a deserved win for Villa."


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