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Wolfsburg devour vulnerable Villarreal

Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 22.50CET
VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Villarreal CF (agg: 6-3)
The German side earned a last-16 tie against FC Rubin Kazan, with three first-half strikes helping to sink the Yellow Submarine.
Wolfsburg devour vulnerable Villarreal
Goalscorers Christian Gentner and Edin Džeko celebrate Wolfsburg's qualification ©Getty Images

Match statistics

WolfsburgVillarreal

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners6
 
8
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed26
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 22.50CET

Wolfsburg devour vulnerable Villarreal

VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Villarreal CF (agg: 6-3)
The German side earned a last-16 tie against FC Rubin Kazan, with three first-half strikes helping to sink the Yellow Submarine.

VfL Wolfsburg earned a UEFA Europa League round-of-16 tie against FC Rubin Kazan with three first-half strikes helping sink Villarreal CF, the German club progressing 6-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Spain last week.

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Edin Džeko and an Ángel López own goal inside the opening 15 minutes subdued Juan Carlos Garrido's charges in what was a blistering start to the match. Although Joan Capdevila pulled one back, efforts either side of half-time from Christian Gentner and Grafite completed a resounding home win.

The Wolves' front pairing of Grafite and Džeko passed up a number of presentable chances in the sides' first meeting but each played a significant role in ensuring those mistakes were not repeated in front of their own supporters. Džeko broke the deadlock after ten minutes when he evaded the Villarreal offside trap, latched on to Josué's lofted pass and rifled into the top corner.

The second was not long in coming either with the opening goalscorer combining with strike partner Grafite, the Brazilian's bouncing cross deflected past his own goalkeeper by Ángel López. The Yellow Submarine were struggling to stay afloat at that stage and could have leaked further goals before they navigated an escape route on the half-hour when Marcos Senna whipped a corner to the back post and Capdevila's header thumped in off the bar.

Lorenz-Günther Köstner's men regained their foothold after 42 minutes when Džeko burst down the right and crossed for Gentner to tap in, but the visitors composed themselves at the break and threatened a comeback early in the second half. Any such aspirations were finally quelled on 64 minutes when Zvjezdan Misimović's free-kick found Grafite unmarked and his slight touch from six metres beat Diego López low to his left. A sensational Marwin Hitz save from Nilmar late on confirmed it would not be Villarreal's evening.

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

villarreal

Villarreal

35
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
Yellow Card19
Substitution50
4
GodínDiego Godín
Substitution46
7
JosuéJosué (C)
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Goal30
Yellow Card73
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal10
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Substitution70
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
10
CaniCani
Substitution46
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
12
NilmarNilmar
19
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
14
David FusterDavid Fuster
Yellow Card45
20
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution79
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
Goal15
23
GrafiteGrafite
Goal64
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
Goal42
Substitution90+1
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano

Substitutes

12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
1
OlivaJavier Oliva (GK)
8
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
9
LlorenteJoseba Llorente
Substitution46
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
Substitution79
11
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
15
ZianiKarim Ziani
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
28
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
32
SchindzielorzSebastian Schindzielorz
Substitution90+1
41
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
Substitution46
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution50
Yellow Card90+1
43
Jefferson MonteroJefferson Montero
Substitution70

Coach

Lorenz-Günther Köstner (GER) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Petrescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Marius Avram (ROU)

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