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Villarreal's class shines through against PAOK

Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET
Villarreal CF 1-0 PAOK FC
Marco Ruben put a clinical finishing touch to the game's classiest move to send Villarreal above their visitors and to the Group D summit.
Villarreal's class shines through against PAOK
Santi Cazorla and Nabil El Zhar vie for the ball at El Madrigal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VillarrealPAOK

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners3
 
3
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed10
 
16
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET

Villarreal's class shines through against PAOK

Villarreal CF 1-0 PAOK FC
Marco Ruben put a clinical finishing touch to the game's classiest move to send Villarreal above their visitors and to the Group D summit.

Villarreal CF leapfrogged PAOK FC at the top of UEFA Europa League Group D with a 1-0 victory over the Greek side.

PAOK, under the caretaker charge of Makis Havos following Pavlos Dermitzakis' departure at the weekend, began the day top of the section but are now two points adrift of Villarreal. Third from bottom in the Greek Super League, the visitors were outplayed for large swathes of the game and were ultimately undone by Marco Ruben's superb goal before half-time.

Having drawn six of their last eight European fixtures it was little surprise PAOK emerged cautiously. Villarreal, second in the Spanish Liga, adopting a similarly guarded approach was less expected. After 38 minutes of uninspired, unimaginative and watchful fare, Juan Carlos Garrido's side finally showed their true colours; Borja Valero provided the pass, Giuseppe Rossi the intuitive dummy and Marco Ruben the drilled finish. Much more like it.

The half-time whistle halted any momentum Villarreal were threatening to build, though PAOK were as bereft of ideas as might be expected of a team with just four goals from six league games. They were in need of a Rossi of their own and the Italy forward again showed his worth to the hosts on 63 minutes, drifting inside and laying on Marco Ruben with a cute pass. The No9 could only poke into Dario Kresic's midriff.

Giorgos Fotakis's low drive soon after was at last a significant effort from PAOK but not until Vladimir Ivić's dipping volley and Nabil El Zhar's swerving shot was Diego López's goal under any notable threat. Sensing new-found confidence among the visitors, the Yellow Submarine battened down the hatches and went close to adding a soothing second through Cani.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.16CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

paok

PAOK

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
91
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
3
BoussaidiAnis Boussaidi
Yellow Card86
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
6
VitoloVitolo
6
Ángel LópezÁngel López
7
El ZharNabil El Zhar
Substitution85
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla (C)
Substitution77
8
CirilloBruno Cirillo
Yellow Card24
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Goal38
Substitution82
11
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
Substitution80
10
CaniCani
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras (C)
Yellow Card57
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
20
VieirinhaVieirinha
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
21
IvićVladimir Ivić
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution70
27
SznaucnerMiroslaw Sznaucner
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

25
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
1
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
7
NilmarNilmar
Substitution70
4
BalafasSotiris Balafas
12
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution82
13
MalezasStelios Malezas
15
CataláJosé Catalá
19
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
Substitution85
17
MatillaJavier Matilla
23
SakellariouLefteris Sakellariou
23
Jefferson MonteroJefferson Montero
Substitution77
33
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
Substitution80
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
42
ZuelaZuela

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Ioakim Havos (GRE)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)

Fourth official

Daniel Stefanski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Dawid Piasecki (POL), Marcin Szulc (POL)

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