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Played
November 27, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
Estadio de la Romareda — Zaragoza
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
 
 
 
Nilmar 65′
Top of the Match
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Villarreal
Giuseppe Rossi
Giuseppe Rossi
Villarreal
Flop of the Match
Matteo Contini
Matteo Contini
Zaragoza
Matteo Contini
Matteo Contini
Zaragoza

Real Zaragoza 0-3 Villarreal: Senna & Cazorla Inspire Yellow Submarine To Comprehensive Victory Over Ten-Man Blanquillos

The visitors are now five points off the pace...

By Subhankar Mondal

Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano makes a full stretch tackle in a bid to stop Pedro during Barcelona's 3-1 win
Goals from Marcos Senna, Santi Cazorla and Nilmar ensured Villarreal a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Real Zaragoza at the Estadio La Romareda in the Spanish Primera Division on Saturday evening and kept them in the chase for the title.

Senna and Cazorla were on target for the Yellow Submarine in the first-half and after Matteo Contini was sent off four minutes after the hour mark, Nilmar found the net to make it a comfortable win for his side.

The match, though, started on a slow note with Zaragoza making the initial noise through Lafita and Jorge Lopez, but before long Villarreal had imposed themselves on the game and would have broken the deadlock in the ninth minute had Gonzalo's header from close range not gone just wide.

The Yellow Submarine, though, went ahead just a couple of minutes later when Senna found himself with the ball outside the Zaragoza penalty area and fired a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Leo Franco into the net.

The game went into doldrums thereafter with the visitors not showing any urgency and frustrating their hosts by playing possession football.

But Juan Carlos Garrido's side rose to the surface on 18 minutes when Cazorla scored an audacious goal to double the advantage. Released by Giuseppe Rossi on the right just outside the Zaragoza penalty area, he floated the ball that looked like a cross but went in after striking the far post.

The game was virtually over as a contest then and Villarreal started to play their patient, silky football but without expressing much urgency. Cazorla, Rossi and Senna all tried their luck but failed to add to the tally.

Midfielder Edmilson's effort from outside the box that went wide was the closest that Zaragoza came close to testing Diego Lopez between the visitors' posts.

Cazorla then attempted to find the target from distance as he drifted inside from the left but he couldn't keep the shot on target. Minutes later Zaragoza defender Jiri Jarosik cut inside from the right but his firing effort sailed over the crossbar.

Zaragoza may have the finished the first-half the stronger of the two sides but it was Villarreal who came out of the blocks the quicker at the start of the second session.

Rossi, who had looked unusually quiet in the first 45 minutes, found himself with the ball just yards from Leo Franco's goal but saw his attempt saved by the Zaragoza goalkeeper. The Italy international's shot from the rebound was too weak to trouble the Argentine.

However, that spurred on Javier Aguirre's team, who then began to make the match more of a contest. Edmilson commenced pulling the strings from the midfield and created chances for Javier Paredes and Gabi but the two recipients couldn't keep their respective shots on target.

Minutes later Lafita's attempt went wide and then Nicolas Bertolo, released again by Edmilson, forced Diego Lopez into making a brilliant save from close range.

Things, though, turned worse for Zaragoza when Matteo Contini was shown his second yellow card of the match on 64 minutes and just a minute later Villarreal took advantage of the numerical superiority and promptly scored their third goal of the evening when Nilmar slotted home from inside the box after being brilliantly sent through by Cazorla.

There were chances for both sides thereafter to add to the goals tally of the evening but the game eventually finished in a 3-0 win for Villarreal, who are now five points behind league leaders Real Madrid, As for Zaragoza, they remain at the foot of the standings with just eight points from 13 games.

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Zaragoza

25
Leo Franco
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
C. Diogo
Defender
89′
2.50
4
Matteo Contini
Defender
21′ 64′
2.00
20
Jiri Jarosik
Defender
2.50
3
Paredes
Defender
55′
2.50
-
Edmilson
Midfielder
57′ 63′
2.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
2.50
-
Jorge López
Midfielder
52′
2.50
8
Nicolás Bertolo
Midfielder
2.50
17
Lafita
Midfielder
3.00
14
2.50

Villarreal

3.50
25
3.00
-
Ángel
Defender
3.00
24
3.50
2
3.00
3
Joan Oriol
Defender
41′ 71′
4.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
18′ 65′
3.50
21
Soriano
Midfielder
4.00
-
Marcos Senna
Midfielder
9′
3.00
10
Cani
Midfielder
3.50
12
Nilmar
Striker
65′ 68′
3.50
49

Substitutes

1
Toni Doblas
Goalkeeper
0.00
6
0.00
22
A. Pintér
Defender
0.00
29
Kevin
Midfielder
0.00
-
Braulio
Striker
40′
2.50
21
Ander Herrera
Midfielder
52′ 68′
2.00
-
M. Pérez
Striker
63′
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
25
Juan Carlos
Goalkeeper
0.00
4
0.00
-
0.00
17
2.50
-
2.50
21
Catalá
Defender
71′
2.50
5
Matilla
Midfielder
80′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0