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Llorente treble caps Villarreal goalfest

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2008, 0.35CET
Villarreal CF 6-3 Aalborg BK
The Spanish side were pushed to the limit by the Danish team as Joseba Llorente's second-half hat-trick made the difference on a thrilling evening.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal
Llorente treble caps Villarreal goalfest
Joseba Llorente scored a second-half hat-trick after coming on as a substitute at the break ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VillarrealAalborg

Goals scored6
 
3
Attempts on target14
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
1
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

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Published: Wednesday 22 October 2008, 0.35CET

Llorente treble caps Villarreal goalfest

Villarreal CF 6-3 Aalborg BK
The Spanish side were pushed to the limit by the Danish team as Joseba Llorente's second-half hat-trick made the difference on a thrilling evening.

Villarreal CF emerged bruised but triumphant from a wonderful UEFA Champions League match against Aalborg BK, winning 6-3 but only after a test of fire from the Danish champions.

Power play
The second-half power-play, led by substitute Joseba Llorente's hat-trick, will not erase a thrilling counterattack display by the Danish side who nevertheless left empty handed. Two headers and a clever chip from Marek Saganowski, Thomas Enevoldsen and Andreas Johansson respectively first gave AaB the lead, then squared the match and finally restored late hope at 4-3. But replies from Giuseppe Rossi, Joan Capdevila, that devastating hat-trick from Llorente and a rare header from Robert Pirès completed the Villarreal fightback on a thrilling night in Group E.

Saganowski excels
A superb first half was an example of what self-belief and attacking intentions can achieve. Though the teams left the field at 2-2 the three key figures were all wearing the red-and-white stripes of AaB. Anders Due flashed up and down the right touchline like lightning and the only reason Kasper Bøgelund was not the first half's outstanding player was that Saganowski excelled him. Playing what can be a lonely role as single striker, he performed magic. Twice in the first five minutes Saganowski dropped deep to flick on and the second time Due was clean in on Diego López's goal but failed to convert.

López saves
Notice had been served and the opening goal was delivered 14 minutes later. Bøgelund surged up the pitch, slipped possession to Due and went for the return. Instead the winger played in Saganowski for a fine headed goal. One-nil should have been two moments later when López saved from Due's almost identical header but, just when the Danish champions looked to taking control, they were caught out at the back.

Deft chip
Overlapping full-back Ángel López crossed for Rossi to clip in off Steve Olfers and Villarreal were back in it. More reward was to follow when Capdevila struck with a soaring right-foot shot in the 33rd minute which looked to have turned the match, but the visitors were undaunted. Saganowski again dropped deep, fed Enevoldsen and his pace made the deft chip over López easier than it might have been for 2-2.

Clever tactic
The second half was equally eventful. Rossi's 46th-minute shot brought the best from AaB goalkeeper Karim Zaza, as did a raking centre from Ángel ten minutes later. Pellegrini's demand that the midfield should press tightly around Saganowski ensured his lay-offs were tidied up and chances flowed down the Villarreal right, substitute Llorente lobbing Zaza only for Michael Jakobsen to clear off the line. Seconds later Llorente capitalised on the rebound off Zaza from Senna's 40-metre piledriver on 67 minutes and Villarreal were ahead for the second time.

Goal flood
Llorente struck again three minutes later from a fantastic Pirès assist yet still AaB were not finished, Johansson adding another header to make the score 4-3. Pirès himself headed the fifth on 79 minutes thanks to Cazorla's clever work before Llorente completed his hat-trick, and the scoring, with six minutes to play. AaB's goals will worry Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini, whose side had only previously conceded three in all competitions this season, as the night of champagne football ended with corks popping in the Madrigal and a sad hangover for the brave visitors.

Last updated: 22/10/08 10.08CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

aab

AaB

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
3
EdmílsonEdmílson
Substitution64
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
Yellow Card71
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Goal33
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
7
DueAnders Due
9
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution46
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Goal77
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution64
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Goal19
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
14
CurthJeppe Curth
20
Fabricio FuentesFabricio Fuentes
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal28
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
Goal36
Yellow Card90+2

Substitutes

1
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
4
GodínDiego Godín
18
CacaCaca
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Substitution64
Goal79
Yellow Card90+2
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
10
CaniCani
24
SørensenJens-Kristian Sørensen
16
LlorenteJoseba Llorente
Substitution46
Goal67
Goal70
Goal84
27
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
31
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
Substitution64
32
SchwartzRonnie Schwartz

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Bruce Rioch (SCO)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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