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Villa hat-trick only half the story

Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 20.56CET
Werder Bremen 4-4 Valencia CF (agg: 5-5, Valencia on away goals)
A David Villa hat-trick swung the tie in the Spanish side's favour after a remarkable night in Germany.
by Trevor Huggins
from Weserstadion

Match statistics

BremenValencia

Goals scored4
 
4
Attempts on target27
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
5
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed5
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 20.56CET

Villa hat-trick only half the story

Werder Bremen 4-4 Valencia CF (agg: 5-5, Valencia on away goals)
A David Villa hat-trick swung the tie in the Spanish side's favour after a remarkable night in Germany.

A David Villa hat-trick earned Valencia CF an astonishing 4-4 draw with Werder Bremen that ensured them a UEFA Europa League quarter-final place courtesy of the away-goals rule.

The two sides settled for a sober 1-1 draw in last week's first leg in Spain, but they produced a stunning return at the Weserstadion. Villa signalled his return from a shoulder problem with a goal in the third minute and Juan Mata struck in the 15th before substitute Hugo Almeida pulled one back for the hosts.

Villa's second on the stroke of half-time looked decisive, only for Bremen captain Torsten Frings to convert a 57th-minute penalty and Marko Marin to hit their third in a stirring comeback. Villa, however, then raced away to fire Valencia's fourth and put his side into Friday's draw, despite Claudio Pizarro's 84th-minute equaliser.

Valencia made light of several absentees through injury and suspension as they took the game to Bremen from the start. David Silva provided assists for all three of their first-half strikes, starting with a pass for Villa following Naldo's weak header. The striker made no mistake with his angled shot past Tim Wiese and neither did Mata after Silva's ball over the top of the Bremen defence. Almeida tapped home Pizarro's cross just four minutes after coming on but there was more to come from Villa with a low shot through the crowd after Silva had brilliantly rescued the ball and provided the perfect pass.

Coming out 3-1 down for the second half, Bremen's task was soon made easier when Valencia substitute Jordi Alba brought down Marin. Frings, who also scored from the spot in the first leg, repeated the feat and five minutes later Marin followed up with a vicious shot from inside the box to make it all square on the night. Villa looked to have ended the drama with his third and Valencia's fourth, but Pizarro's header brought more drama as the visitors held on.

Last updated: 27/09/14 3.15CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

valencia

Valencia

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
Substitution46
4
NaldoNaldo
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
6
BorowskiTim Borowski
Substitution22
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
Substitution65
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution80
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal3
Goal45
Goal66
10
MarinMarko Marin
Goal62
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Yellow Card90+2
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal15
Yellow Card82
14
HuntAaron Hunt
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Goal57
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Yellow Card55
Substitution55
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal84
21
SilvaDavid Silva
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
23
MiguelMiguel
Yellow Card67

Substitutes

21
MielitzSebastian Mielitz (GK)
13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution80
Yellow Card87
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution55
16
AbdennourAymen Abdennour
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution46
Yellow Card57
17
HusejinovićSaid Husejinović
30
MíchelMíchel
Substitution65
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
33
Carles MartínezCarles Martínez
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution22
Goal26
44
JoelJoel

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Langkamp (NED), Nicky Siebert (NED)

Fourth official

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Bas Nijhuis (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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