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AaB's Due reward denies Villarreal

Published: Thursday 6 November 2008, 0.54CET
Aalborg BK 2-2 Villarreal CF
Jeppe Curth and Anders Due helped the Danish hosts come from behind twice to earn their second Group E point at high-flying Villarreal's expense.
by Mike Harrington
from Aalborg Stadium
AaB's Due reward denies Villarreal
AaB celebrate Jeppe Curth's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AalborgVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners5
 
2
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed17
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 6 November 2008, 0.54CET

AaB's Due reward denies Villarreal

Aalborg BK 2-2 Villarreal CF
Jeppe Curth and Anders Due helped the Danish hosts come from behind twice to earn their second Group E point at high-flying Villarreal's expense.

A brilliant free-kick by Anders Due secured Aalborg BK's second point in Group E at the expense of high-flying Villarreal CF and kept the home club in UEFA Champions League contention.

All-square
Villarreal were on course to take maximum plunder from their trip to northern Denmark when substitute Guille Franco gave them the lead for the second time after 75 minutes. But just as Giuseppe Rossi's opening goal had been cancelled out by Jeppe Curth soon after half-time, so the hosts summoned another equaliser, through Due, with the clock ticking down. AaB remain bottom of the section after Celtic FC's draw with Manchester United FC yet could still finish in the top two where Villarreal currently reside.

Early warning
With Joseba Llorente having scored a hat-trick in Villarreal's 6-3 victory in the reverse fixture on Matchday 3, it was no surprise to see him closely attended here in Aalborg. He was involved in an early challenge with home captain Thomas Augustinussen which resulted in the forward receiving treatment. Back on the field, the Spanish Liga's second-placed team initially held sway, although AaB midfielder Kasper Bøgelund broke the trend by surging forward and forcing Diego López into a low save.

Ebb and flow
An AaB side under the caretaker tutelage of Allan Kuhn – who replaced coach Bruce Rioch after the heavy defeat at El Madrigal on 21 October – suggested a more sustained threat when forward Curth turned and let fly from the edge of the box, López again making the stop. By the 20-minute mark, Due was knocking at the door again with a close-range header, but with no end product to the Red and Whites' pressure, Manuel Pellegrini's men regained the initiative.

Breakthrough
Marcos Senna drove a low effort from outside the area which Karim Zaza tipped to safety. The Danish titleholders' No1 was back in action following an inswinging corner from Senna, keeping out Llorente's close-range volley. If Villarreal were signalling their goalscoring intent, they delivered upon this promise four minutes before half-time. Rossi got his second goal of the UEFA Champions League campaign when he side-footed the ball beyond Zaza from a position just inside the box, following a run by Robert Pirès.

Parity restored
AaB, third from bottom in their domestic Superligaen, have taken their share of blows this season, yet they showed an ability to roll with the punches here. From being down at the interval, they were quickly out of the blocks after it, and deservedly equalised in the 54th minute. Curth collected Caca's superb back-heel and rifled past López. One almost became two when Bøgelund was the beneficiary of Andreas Johansson's through pass and powered in a shot which the Villarreal custodian saved at full stretch. With the opposition in the ascendancy, Pellegrini changed tack by withdrawing first Pirès for Cani, then Rossi for Franco.

Recovery
The latter decision looked a masterstroke when Franco controlled on his chest Llorente's lofted ball over the AaB defence to volley unerringly past Zaza. However, that assumption was counting without an equally impressive strike from midfielder Due, who curled his 81st-minute free-kick over the wall and beyond the left hand of the beaten López.

Last updated: 06/11/08 2.20CET

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Lineups

aab

AaB

villarreal

Villarreal

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
3
EdmílsonEdmílson
Substitution82
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
4
GodínDiego Godín
Yellow Card51
7
DueAnders Due
Yellow Card65
Goal81
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Substitution62
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
14
CurthJeppe Curth
Goal54
Substitution72
16
LlorenteJoseba Llorente
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
Substitution75
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
18
CacaCaca
Substitution79
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal41
Substitution65

Substitutes

30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
1
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Substitution72
9
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution65
Goal75
Yellow Card80
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
10
CaniCani
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+3
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
Substitution79
12
CyganPascal Cygan
27
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution82
31
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
Substitution75
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
32
SchwartzRonnie Schwartz
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano

Coach

Allan Kuhn (DEN) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

David Benech (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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