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Odense aim to hold firm at Villarreal

Published: Thursday 18 August 2011, 8.44CET
Odense BK visit Villarreal CF having earned an unlikely 1-0 first-leg win and hoping for a different aggregate result from the last time they met the Spanish side, when they went down 5-0.
Odense aim to hold firm at Villarreal
OB's Eric Djemba-Djemba (left) in action against Villarreal's Carlos Marchena during the first leg ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

VillarrealOB

Goals scored3
 
6
Attempts on target18
 
14
Attempts off target21
 
16
Corners23
 
20
Offsides1
 
9
Fouls committed31
 
80
Yellow cards9
 
16
Red cards1
 
2
 
Published: Thursday 18 August 2011, 8.44CET

Odense aim to hold firm at Villarreal

Odense BK visit Villarreal CF having earned an unlikely 1-0 first-leg win and hoping for a different aggregate result from the last time they met the Spanish side, when they went down 5-0.

Odense BK were thoroughly beaten last time they met Villarreal CF over two legs, but Henrik Clausen's side will look to make amends in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

• The Danish side withstood a barrage of Villarreal pressure to snatch a first-leg lead thanks to Hans Henrik Andreasen's 84th-minute effort.

Previous meetings
• The sides met in second round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, Manuel Pellegrini's Villarreal winning 3-0 in the first leg in Aarhus and then 2-0 at home. Current OB left-back Chris Sørensen was an unused substitute in the first leg but featured in the second fixture, along with Villarreal's Argentinian defender Gonzalo Rodríguez.

• In addition to two defeats against FC Barcelona in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970, OB have met Spanish sides in 12 UEFA games with the record W3 D1 L8 (W1 D0 L5 away).

• Their crowning achievement in those fixtures was their famous defeat of Real Madrid CF in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup third round, when they overturned a 3-2 home reverse with a 2-0 win at the Santiago Bernabéu on 6 December 1994 − a feat still known in Denmark as 'The Miracle in Madrid'.

• Villarreal played an Aalborg BK side featuring OB's Andreas Johansson in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League, winning 6-3 at home and drawing 2-2 in Denmark. Diego López, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Ángel López, Bruno Soriano, Rubén Cani, Marcos Senna and Giuseppe Rossi all played in those fixtures, with Rossi on target in both games.

Match background
• Villarreal are unbeaten in nine home games at El Madrigal − the last eight of them wins − dating back to December 2009 and FC Salzburg's 1-0 victory in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• OB's 4-3 third qualifying round win at Panathinaikos FC ended a three-game run of defeats on the road in UEFA competition.

Team ties
• Villarreal have featured in the UEFA Champions League group stage twice, reaching the semi-finals in 2005/06 and the quarter-finals in 2007/08. Arsenal FC knocked them out on both occasions.

• Villarreal's only previous tilt at UEFA Champions League qualifying ended successfully as they beat Everton FC 2-1 away and again at home to reach the group phase in 2005/06.

• Odense are the only side in the League route never to have featured in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Last season's Danish runners-up have competed twice in the group stage of Europe's second club competition, appearing the UEFA Cup in 2006/07 and the UEFA Europa League in 2010/11.

• This is the fourth time that OB have played in Europe's top club competition. They were eliminated in the first round by PFC Lokomotiv Sofia in 1978/79 (agg: 2-3), Liverpool FC in 1983/84 (agg: 0-6) and Real Madrid CF in 1990/91 (agg: 1-10).

• Their third qualifying round victory against Panathinaikos FC was their first over two legs in Europe's premier club competition – indeed OB's 4-3 second-leg win was their first victory in eight European Cup outings.

Team ties
• During their time together at Manchester United FC, OB's Eric Djemba-Djemba and Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi featured together in League Cup victories against Crystal Palace FC and Arsenal FC at the end of 2004.

• The 23-year-old also scored past goalkeeping club-mate Diego Mariño in Denmark's 2-1 Under-21 friendly defeat by Spain in Guadalajara on 8 February. Villarreal's Mario Gaspar was a substitute for Spain.

• On 22 April 2006, OB forward Morten Skoubo featured in the Real Sociedad de Fútbol side that enjoyed a 2-0 Liga win at Villarreal.

Last updated: 22/08/11 10.13CET

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