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Five-star Villarreal leave Twente dazed

Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.14CET
Villarreal CF 5-1 FC Twente
Carlos Marchena, Borja Valero, Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar (2) were all on target as the Spanish outfit took a giant stride towards the semi-finals.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

Match statistics

VillarrealTwente

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners6
 
2
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed6
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.14CET

Five-star Villarreal leave Twente dazed

Villarreal CF 5-1 FC Twente
Carlos Marchena, Borja Valero, Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar (2) were all on target as the Spanish outfit took a giant stride towards the semi-finals.

Villarreal CF completed a wonderful week for Spain in Europe as they cruised to a stylish 5-1 victory against FC Twente that leaves them on the verge of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

First-half goals from Carlos Marchena, Borja Valero and Nilmar set the Yellow Submarine on their way to a win that left Michel Preud'homme's side tired, bewildered and well beaten. Exquisite efforts from Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar again salted their wounds further, Marc Janko's late header surely providing mere consolation.

It meant for the third time in three days Spanish sides prevailed by four-goal margins, though unlike Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona, Villarreal had to work their opponents out before cutting loose. For about 20 minutes the Dutch league leaders' fluidity, pace and power posed Juan Carlos Garrido's men a real test.

Gradually, Marchena urged his team-mates not to allow themselves to be hemmed in; Santi Cazorla and Mario Gaspar found some width and that, effectively, was that.

The breakthrough came from sloppy marking at a 23rd-minute corner, as José Catalá glanced Valero's set piece perfectly for Marchena to head in. Cazorla was buzzing around the Twente midfield when out of possession, making smart runs and passes when in it. None were cleverer than his through ball to release Valero two minutes from the break.

The distinctive No20 converted, and there was still time for Nilmar to capitalise on Peter Wisgerhof's weak defensive header to make it 3-0. Valencia CF coach Unai Emery was an attentive spectator at El Madrigal ahead of Villarreal's vital meeting with their Liga neighbours this weekend: he must have taken copious notes.

As Twente became ragged, Villarreal rounded off their own edges. On 55 minutes Bruno Soriano released Rossi and, with two defenders backing off, the Italy striker opened his body as if to pass to Nilmar before curling a fantastic shot beyond Nikolay Mihaylov.

Rossi did feed his partner with ten minutes left and Nilmar lashed in his second before picking up a booking that means he will miss the second leg along with Cazorla. It is unlikely to matter, despite Janko's late effort.

Last updated: 26/09/14 5.49CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

twente

Twente

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
Substitution71
2
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Goal23
6
BramaWout Brama
Substitution77
7
NilmarNilmar
Goal45+1
Goal81
Yellow Card88
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Yellow Card84
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Substitution32
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Substitution82
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
Substitution60
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
Goal43
Substitution79
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
Yellow Card58
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal55
19
DouglasDouglas
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
33
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli

Substitutes

25
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
10
CaniCani
Substitution79
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution77
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution71
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution32
Yellow Card70
Goal90+1
24
CicinhoCicinho
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution60
26
KikoKiko
Substitution82
23
BuysseBart Buysse
43
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
44
JohnOla John

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Michel Preud'homme (BEL)

Referee

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Vladimir Pettay (RUS), Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

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