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Leverkusen suffer late Villarreal heartache

Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.54CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-3 Villarreal
It took a 94th-minute winner from Villarreal substitute Nilmar to separate the teams after a see-saw round of 16 first-leg match in Germany.
by David Crossan
from BayArena

Match statistics

LeverkusenVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
0
Corners11
 
4
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.54CET

Leverkusen suffer late Villarreal heartache

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-3 Villarreal
It took a 94th-minute winner from Villarreal substitute Nilmar to separate the teams after a see-saw round of 16 first-leg match in Germany.

A superb double from Villarreal CF substitute Nilmar, including a 94th-minute winner, helped the Spanish Liga side recover from going a goal down to record a 3-2 round of 16 first-leg victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

If Michal Kadlec's fine 33rd-minute opener at the BayArena rewarded a strong first-half display from Bundesliga high-fliers Leverkusen, Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi still sent the teams in level with a typically assured finish three minutes before the interval.

A quiet second half was enlivened when Nilmar scored in the 70th minute within seconds of replacing Rossi, only for Leverkusen to equalise almost straight away through Gonzalo Castro. There was late drama, however, as Nilmar struck again deep into stoppage time, steering a low shot under René Adler after showing dexterity to control a long ball from fellow substitute Joan Oriol.

Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes is a self-confessed Liga addict and the time the former Real Madrid CF boss spent poring over videos of Villarreal appeared well spent as Kadlec gave the hosts a deserved lead. The full-back unleashed an unstoppable diagonal shot beyond goalkeeper Diego López.

Deprived of supply, Rossi was kept quiet until notching his seventh goal of this UEFA Europa League campaign on the counterattack. With Daniel Schwaab and Stefan Reinartz both attracted to the same space, Rossi had the time to work Carlos Marchena's through ball on to his stronger left foot, open up his body and steer a composed effort past Adler.

Nilmar, introduced after 69 minutes, registered his first when Kadlec challenged the Brazilian international inside the area, the ball ricocheted off the luckless Reinartz, and the forward breached Adler's defences.

Leverkusen replacement Stefan Kiessling played a part in the equaliser. Castro collected the tall striker's flick-on from an Arturo Vidal cross, cut inside right-back Mario Gaspar and finished from close range. Yet Nilmar had the final say with his late surge and strike.

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

villarreal

Villarreal

1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
Yellow Card18
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
Substitution89
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
10
Renato AugustoRenato Augusto
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Substitution84
17
VidaDomagoj Vida
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Yellow Card57
18
SamSidney Sam
Substitution76
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution46
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Yellow Card29
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal42
Substitution69
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
Goal33
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Goal72
43
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
Yellow Card41
Substitution61

Substitutes

33
BobelTomasz Bobel (GK)
25
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
3
OriolJoan Oriol
Substitution84
8
BenderLars Bender
Substitution89
7
NilmarNilmar
Substitution69
Goal70
Goal90+4
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution46
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution61
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
10
CaniCani
20
Da CostaDanny da Costa
17
MatillaJavier Matilla
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution76
26
KikoKiko

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Daniele Orsato (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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