Villa Park witnessed what had to be one of the most dramatic games in its history, as two of the promising champions in the promotion championship went to the night of incredible drama in the West Midlands.
Nottingham Forest eventually emerged with a winning result after a 5-5 draw when Lewis Grabban cleared his second part of the game to draw them.
At that moment, Aitor Karanka's side was reduced to ten men on the red card shown to Tobias Figueiredo.
But it was not the night when both sides deserved defeat, Joao Carvalho, Matty Cash and Joe Lolley, all of whom have found a network for Forest and Tammy Abraham who has achieved four Villa goals.
It was a game that had everything and what had both fans of the crowd 38.392 on their feet for the duration.
Forest named the unchanged side when he won 2-0 in Hull City, and Karanka retained his famous form 4-2-3-1.
Costel Pantilimon was in goal, behind four of Tendayi Darikwa and Jack Robinson in full back, and Michael Dawson and Figueiredo in the center.
Claudio Yacob and Jack Colback were two deeper midfielders behind Lolley's attacking trio, Carvalho and Cash, and lone Grabbano striker.
The Reds boss will hope he will have a similar level of performance from his side as it was made at the KCOM stadium.
But there were few people in Villa Park who could predict what he was going to develop.
The villa had a timely attack with a certain threat and Darikwa made an important distance from the cross of Jack Grealish.
But it was Les, who first had to show his teeth, amid a remarkable opening of 14 minutes, which saw four goals at Villa Park.
After the rapid break that led Carvalho, Lolley's in-line perfect cross followed by Grabbano picked at a distant place where he was supposed to stay at his final goal of the season.
That came the third minute and three minutes later the Reds doubled their advantage. Lolley again stood in advance when he had sent the ball over Carvalho, who had just moved to the ground.
But the return of the villa was not long.
The transition from Yannick Bolasie turned out to be as accurate as Lolley's 11 minutes into the lead, allowing Abraham to lead home.
And the home side got the second goal in three minutes after Pantilimon rescued a shot from John McGinn. Darikwa seemed to block the track, but the ball bounced off Abraham to give him the second part of the game.
But the electric start to the game was not over.
Lolley noticed it and sent it to the lime. As soon as it is so that he is on the right side, instead of the chance to eliminate the penalty kicks.
Keeland's Orjan Nyland went down after a savage challenge, but Cash increased the lead to 3 – 22 with a penalty 30 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away.
Goals continued as Villa started another return, though this time Forest was shot a bit in the foot.
Robinson slipped into the battle with an unnecessary challenge to Bolasie, who was taking his wing legs away from him.
It was a clear penalty, and Abraham was the happiest man in the stadium when Pantilimon sent a bad way out of the way to finish his hat-trick and made it 3-3 with just 36 minutes.
Pantilimon had to make a strong rescue to deny McGinna after he turned and joined with a strong shot in one fluid movement at the edge of the box.
In the first half of the injury, Abraham should have decided to send the loose head directly to Pantilimon's gratitude, from a few meters – when he would have gotten the fourth part of the game.
Dawson had to make an important block at the beginning of the second half because Conor Hourihane was in panic at a rapid moment.
But it lasted just six minutes of the second season for this incredible game that resulted in another goal.
And after setting the previous three for the Reds, this time it was Lolley, who found the back of the net with the most amazing bet of the evening when he found a shooting spot of 25 yards and sent a bend, immersed shooting behind Nyland who could just stand and watch, as the ball flies into the corner.
Pantilimon made a strong and vigilant situation to refute the Villa of the next leveler when a malicious deformation occurred after the boosted shot from Bolasia. Yacob was booked for Grealish at the invitation.
Cash approached another magnificent effort from Forest, collecting the ball at the edge of the box and sending a powerful shot across the goal and narrow.
The drama had to continue as Figueiredo made a late challenge to McGinn and referee Simon Hooper decided to score red cards in the 70th minute.
Forest made an immediate change when Michael Hefele replaced Carvalho, but when Grealish was whacking in the free kick, it was Abraham who had risen to pitch the fourth of the game to draw the home side.
And 75 minutes was the first time in the match when Villa Anwar El Ghazi made a nice rush by the edge of the box to take advantage of the terrain for the first half,
The forest, even though there were up to ten men, nearly equalized when Grabban appeared to have reached the end of a Lolley penalty ball but the attacker was once unable to conjure up the type of finish he was capable of.
A Forest settled in 82 minutes when Lolley got fourth.
His ball found Grabban's legs in the box, and while the attacker was pushed wide, he shouted exactly from a narrow angle and sent the fans to the shelters.
El Ghazi thought he had put Villa in front of him, but his efforts were eliminated from the handball.
Les had to endure under desperate pressure, but they did exactly that to get a point from a really dramatic game.
Fairy: Nyland, Taylor, Tuanzebe, Chester, McGinn (Whelan 79), Grealish, Bolasie (Elmohamady 82), Hourihane, Abraham, Hutton, Kodjia (El Ghazi 66). Subs: Bunn, Hogan, Doyle-Hayes, O'Hare.
Forest: Pantilimon; Darikwa, Figueiredo, Dawson, Robinson; Colback, Yacob; Cash (Dias 77), Carvalho (Hefele 70), Lolley; Grabban (Ansarifard 91). Subs: Steele, Guedioura, Osborn, Janko.
Referee: Simon Hooper