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Yellow Submarine cruise into last 32

Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.30CET
PFC Levski Sofia 0-2 Villarreal CF
Goals from Giuseppe Rossi and substitute Marcos Senna secured Villarreal's progression and put paid to Levski's Group G hopes.
Yellow Submarine cruise into last 32
Marcos Senna (right) celebrates after putting Villarreal 2-0 ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LevskiVillarreal

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed23
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.30CET

Yellow Submarine cruise into last 32

PFC Levski Sofia 0-2 Villarreal CF
Goals from Giuseppe Rossi and substitute Marcos Senna secured Villarreal's progression and put paid to Levski's Group G hopes.

Goals from Giuseppe Rossi and substitute Marcos Senna sealed Villarreal CF's place in the round of 32 with a 2-0 away win against PFC Levski Sofia, a result which knocked the Bulgarian side out of the UEFA Europa League.

Top two confirmed
Rossi's brilliant volley and Senna's tidy finish were enough to earn Ernesto Valverde's men their first away win in UEFA club competition since December 2007, and made sure they would progress from Group G alongside FC Salzburg. Salzburg's 2-1 win against S.S. Lazio snuffed out the Italians' hopes of pipping Villarreal to qualification.

Rossi threat
The Spanish club might have gone in front in the 15th minute when Ariel Ibagaza's free-kick found Joan Capdevila unmarked at the far post, but the defender could only head wide from close range. Rossi then failed to hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, but the Italian international made amends by giving Villarreal the lead nine minutes before half-time. The 22-year-old striker controlled Ibagaza's floated free-kick superbly before holding off Joãozinho and volleying beyond Bozhidar Mitrev from a tight angle.

Senna second
Two minutes later, Villarreal goalkeeper Diego López could not gather Zé Soares' left-footed strike, and was relieved to see the ball trickle behind for a corner. Rossi was heavily involved again early in the second half, playing a clever return pass which sent David Fuster bearing down on Mitrev, who did well to block the midfielder's shot and ensure his side stayed in contention. However, Mitrev could do nothing when Senna, who had replaced Rossi, guided the ball in from 15 metres in the 84th minute to seal the Yellow Submarine's passage from the section.

Last updated: 03/12/09 9.19CET

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Lineups

levski

Levski

villarreal

Villarreal

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov (C)
Yellow Card64
4
GodínDiego Godín
5
RabehYoussef Rabeh
Substitution46
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
14
MinevVeselin Minev
6
EgurenSebastián Eguren
Yellow Card50
20
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
7
PirèsRobert Pirès (C)
Substitution60
21
Zé SoaresZé Soares
11
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
Yellow Card77
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Yellow Card52
14
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution69
27
BardonCédric Bardon
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
55
MilievYordan Miliev
20
MarcanoIván Marcano
70
SimonovićSaša Simonović
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal37
Substitution80
99
G. HristovGeorgi Hristov
Substitution52
24
EscuderoDamián Escudero

Substitutes

31
T. DimitrovTsvetan Dimitrov (GK)
1
OlivaJavier Oliva (GK)
7
KrastovchevEnyo Krastovchev
Substitution52
10
CaniCani
Substitution60
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
Substitution46
Substitution65
12
NilmarNilmar
Substitution69
15
BenzoukaneChakib Benzoukane
Substitution65
15
Fabricio FuentesFabricio Fuentes
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
19
SennaMarcos Senna
Substitution80
Goal84
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
43
TabakovBoyan Tabakov
23
Jonathan PereiraJonathan Pereira

Coach

Antoni Ivanov Zdravkov (BUL) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Danny Huens (BEL), Joël De Bruyn (BEL)

Fourth official

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Johan Verbist (BEL), Peter Vervecken (BEL)

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