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Fernández inspires Villarreal victory

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 23.15CET
FK Mladá Boleslav 1-2 Villarreal CF Chilean playmaker Matías Fernández inspired Villarreal to three Group C points in the Czech Republic.

Match statistics

Mladá BoleslavVillarreal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target0
7
Corners4
 
6
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
5
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 23.15CET

Fernández inspires Villarreal victory

FK Mladá Boleslav 1-2 Villarreal CF Chilean playmaker Matías Fernández inspired Villarreal to three Group C points in the Czech Republic.

Villarreal CF picked up three valuable UEFA Cup Group C points at Czech challengers FK Mladá Boleslav in a victory inspired by playmaker Matías Fernández.

Constant threat
The Chilean international was a constant threat and set up goals for Nihat Kahveci and Santi Cazorla to ensure Alexandre Mendy's late strike was only a consolation. Villarreal are level with ACF Fiorentina on four points from two games, having drawn with the Viola on Matchday 1, while this was Mladá Boleslav's first match in the group.

Opening goal
Fernández signalled his attacking intent from the fourth minute with a shot from distance which flew past the post. Both sides began to find their composure after a frenetic start although midfielder Tomáš Sedláček picked up a yellow card in the 31st minute which rules him out of Mladá Boleslav's trip to IF Elfsborg on 29 November. Two minutes later Villarreal went ahead as Fernández's cross from the left picked out Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci perfectly and his low shot beat home goalkeeper Miroslav Miller.

Lead doubled
Mladá Boleslav responded well after the break, taking the game to their Spanish visitors who preferred to utilise the counterattack. And it was on a foray forward that Fernández helped create Villarreal's second in the 56th minute, his incisive pass allowing Santi Cazorla to send a shot across the face of goal and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Consolation
Now Villarreal looked to finish the game off and Fernández and Jon Dahl Tomasson both went close. The home side pulled one back with a minute of normal time remaining when substitute Jakub Řezníček sent in a dangerous ball from the left and Mendy connected perfectly. Mladá Boleslav had a desperate push for an equaliser but without troubling the Villarreal defence.

Last updated: 09/11/07 0.02CET

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Lineups

mladá boleslav

Mladá Boleslav

villarreal

Villarreal

27
MillerMiroslav Miller (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
6
KalinaVáclav Kalina
Substitution46
3
JosemiJosemi
23
HrdličkaTomáš Hrdlička
Substitution83
12
CyganPascal Cygan
26
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
Yellow Card63
4
GodínDiego Godín
9
KopicMilan Kopic
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
Yellow Card65
Substitution83
18
MendyAlexandre Mendy
Goal90
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
17
RajnochJan Rajnoch
24
MavubaRio Mavuba
15
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
6
JosicoJosico (C)
11
SedláčekTomáš Sedláček
Yellow Card31
Substitution58
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Goal56
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský (C)
Yellow Card57
11
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
20
KyselaJan Kysela
15
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
Goal33
Substitution73

Substitutes

1
PižanowskiPetr Pižanowski (GK)
1
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
4
RolkoAdrian Rolko
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution83
22
D. BrunclíkDavid Brunclík
20
Fabricio FuentesFabricio Fuentes
10
TáborskýIvo Táborský
Substitution83
9
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution73
Yellow Card82
7
HolubRadim Holub
10
CaniCani
16
ŘezníčekJakub Řezníček
Substitution58
19
SennaMarcos Senna
28
VaněčekDavid Vaněček
Substitution46
Yellow Card71

Coach

Zdenek Kudela (CZE) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Matjaz Bohinc (SVN)

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