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Experience proves vital for Villarreal

Published: Wednesday 10 August 2005, 0.56CET
Everton 1-2 Villarreal CF Away win moves the Spanish side to the brink of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Match statistics

EvertonVillarreal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 10 August 2005, 0.56CET

Experience proves vital for Villarreal

Everton 1-2 Villarreal CF Away win moves the Spanish side to the brink of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

By Simon Hart at Goodison Park

Villarreal CF took a huge step towards claiming their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage as first-half goals from Luciano Figueroa and Josico earned them a 2-1 win at Everton FC in the first leg of this third qualifying round tie.

Deserved winners
Manuel Pellegrini's side, who finished third in the Primera División last season, were deserved winners against the Premiership's fourth-best team, Everton, who struggled to create chances on their first appearance in Europe's premier club competition since 1971.

Beattie close
This was the Merseysiders' first European tie of any kind in ten years and their lack of experience was telling. They started enthusiastically, testing the Spanish side's defence with a series of crosses but the closest they came was when James Beattie failed to connect cleanly with Alessandro Pistone's inviting ball in the seventh minute.

Riquelme class
Villarreal, with Argentinian playmaker Juan Román Riquelme prominent, gradually began to impose themselves, displaying the class that carried them to the UEFA Cup semi-finals two seasons ago and the quarter-finals last year. On 27 minutes they took the lead. The goal came from Figueroa, a player who made one league appearance during a brief unhappy spell in England with Birmingham City FC two years ago.

Fine goal
Figueroa marked his return to these shores with a fine goal, getting in front of David Weir as he raced on to Marcos Senna's through-pass and from the right side of the box firing a low shot across Nigel Martyn and into the corner of the net.

Cahill denied
Figueroa threatened a second goal shortly afterwards but opted to dive as he rounded Martyn and received a yellow card. Everton responded with Tim Cahill heading on to the roof of the net from Mikel Arteta's cross and it was from another ball into the box they drew level.

Quick thinking
Three minutes before the break, Beattie jumped with Gonzalo Rodríguez to meet Everton new boy Phil Neville’s cross and when the ball dropped behind the pair off the defender's head, the Everton man reacted quickest to stab it past debutant Mariano Barbosa.

Lead restored
Villarreal were quick to reclaim the advantage, however, in the final minute of the half. Juan Pablo Sorín swung in a left-foot centre from the right and Josico stooped to send a superb header from distance flying past Martyn.

Striking changes
It was a blow from which Everton never recovered. The opening of the second half saw a flurry of corners but no scoring chances. Everton manager David Moyes sent on strikers Duncan Ferguson and Marcus Bent and the latter almost found an equaliser immediately but got the ball caught under his feet with just Barbosa to beat.

Last updated: 10/08/05 18.40CET

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Lineups

everton

Everton

villarreal

Villarreal

25
MartynNigel Martyn (GK)
25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
4
YoboJoseph Yobo
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Yellow Card64
5
WeirDavid Weir (C)
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
6
ArtetaMikel Arteta
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
Yellow Card26
Substitution85
8
BeattieJames Beattie
Goal42
Substitution63
6
JosicoJosico
Goal45+1
10
DaviesSimon Davies
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
Yellow Card84
14
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
Substitution63
9
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
Goal27
Yellow Card33
Substitution65
17
CahillTim Cahill
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
Substitution89
18
P. NevillePhil Neville
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
22
HibbertTony Hibbert
Yellow Card40
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
23
PistoneAlessandro Pistone
Substitution80
19
SennaMarcos Senna

Substitutes

1
WrightRichard Wright (GK)
1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution85
7
BentMarcus Bent
Substitution63
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
9
FergusonDuncan Ferguson
Substitution63
15
KromkampJan Kromkamp
11
McFaddenJames McFadden
Substitution80
18
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Substitution65
21
OsmanLeon Osman
20
ValenciaAntonio Valencia
12
TieLi Tie
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
Substitution89

Coach

David Moyes (SCO) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Roe Vidar Lien (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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