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Dinamo keep cool to sink Yellow Submarine

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.50CET
NK Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 Villarreal CF
Ante Rukavina and Sammir provided moments of calm in an otherwise untidy match to earn the hosts victory in their opening Group D fixture.
Dinamo keep cool to sink Yellow Submarine
Dinamo opened with victory against Villarreal in Group D ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners1
 
5
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed18
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.50CET

Dinamo keep cool to sink Yellow Submarine

NK Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 Villarreal CF
Ante Rukavina and Sammir provided moments of calm in an otherwise untidy match to earn the hosts victory in their opening Group D fixture.

NK Dinamo Zagreb got off to a winning start in UEFA Europa League Group D thanks to a 2-0 victory against Villarreal CF in the Croatian capital.

Ante Rukavinagave gave Dinamo the early lead they craved and the visitors never fully recovered. Marcos Senna's second-half dismissal made their task all the more difficult, and Sammir added a deserved and inevitable second to fill Vahid Halilhodžić's side with optimism ahead of a Matchday 2 trip to PAOK FC.

Defeated in their previous four UEFA Europa League and UEFA Cup group stage home games, Dinamo evidently required a fillip to settle any nerves. Rukavina provided it on 18 minutes, racing on to Sammir's cute inside pass before leaving Gonzalo in his wake and finishing low into the corner.

It was a welcome moment of composure to punctuate an untidy opening period. The Yellow Submarine threatened only from safe distance from Dinamo's point of view, Jefferson Montero's shot whistling wide and Senna's effort merely warming the palms of Ivan Kelava. Although Juan Carlos Garrido's team showed far more positive intentions after the break, it was Sammir's invention that again caught the eye. The Brazilian's cross-shot called for the intervention of Kelava on the hour.

While Villarreal fought back – Montero again chancing his arm to no avail – at the other end only Gonzalo's last-gasp clearance prevented Dinamo's Luis Ibáñez from putting the finishing touch to fine build-up play from Ivan Tomečak. If Senna's sending-off dented hopes of a comeback, Sammir hammered the final nail in the coffin when he profited from Leandro Cufré's buccaneering run to score first time with a coolness lacking in Villarreal's performance.

Last updated: 06/12/12 8.50CET

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Lineups

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Dinamo Zagreb

villarreal

Villarreal

30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
Yellow Card79
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
6
AdemiArijan Ademi
Yellow Card23
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
10
SammirSammir
Goal80
Substitution87
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Substitution46
14
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
Yellow Card20
10
CaniCani
Substitution63
16
BadeljMilan Badelj
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
22
BišćanIgor Bišćan (C)
12
AltidoreJozy Altidore
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Yellow Card35
Red Card74
28
TonelTonel
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
Substitution45+2
55
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Goal18
Substitution72
23
Jefferson MonteroJefferson Montero
77
MoralesPedro Morales
Substitution56
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar

Substitutes

33
VidakovićIgor Vidaković (GK)
25
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
Substitution72
3
OriolJoan Oriol
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
9
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution63
15
ChagoMathias Chago
Substitution56
15
CataláJosé Catalá
19
BarbarićTomislav Barbarić
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
Substitution45+2
Yellow Card70
21
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution87
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution46

Coach

Vahid Halilhodžić (FRA) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Matějek (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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