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UEFA Europa League

  • 10 March 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 20126
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Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Villarreal: Nilmar double snatches late first leg victory for Spaniards

Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Villarreal: Nilmar double snatches late first leg victory for Spaniards

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Villarreal come from behind to grab late victory over German side

Villarreal substitute Nilmar came off the bench to score an impressive brace to add to Giuseppe Rossi's first half strike as the Spanish side grabbed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League this evening.

The home side were looking comfortable in the first twenty minutes, with Simon Rolfes controlling the midfield area and dictating the play. This possession was slowly being converted into half chances, with Diego Lopez denying Eren Derdiyok with a shot left hand side of the box, whilst also tipping over a Renato Augusto freekick. In the 26th minute Leverkusen thought they had took the lead as Vidal and Rolfes linked up to send Sam through on goal to lob the oncoming Diego Lopez, but the young German was correctly ruled as offside.

Die Werkself took the lead in the 32nd minute when Renato Augusto slipped a pass through to left back Michal Kadlec to drive forward and rifle a shot with his left foot across Diego Lopez into the bottom right corner.

Villarreal managed to equalise against the run of play in the 41st minute when Schwaab played Giuseppe Rossi onside as the forward got on the end of an inch perfect pass through the middle from Marchena and opened up his left foot to bend the ball round Adler from the right hand side.


Yellow submarine | Villarreal's Mario Gaspar is watched by Michal Kadlec

The first twenty minutes of the second half were fairly low-key, until the match exploded into life  in the 70th minute with two goals in eighty seconds.

Villarreal substitute Nilmar popped up to expertly turn Michal Kadlec just outside of the Leverkusen box and turn inside to squirm past opposition tackles to tuck the ball under Rene Adler.

The home side responded immediately, with Gonzalo Castro peeling off just to the left of the six yard box to control the ball first time past a very poor attempted tackle from Mario and smash the ball with his right foot into the bottom left corner.

The Yellow Submarine snatched the victory very late in the game, with Brazilian striker Nilmar showing incredible skill and pace to receive the ball in the Bayer Leverkusen final third and drive past the opposition defence to poke the ball past Adler.

In front of a vibrant BayArena crowd, home side Leverkusen bossed most of the play but Villarreal showed impressive resiliency to come back from behind and steal a fantastic 3-2 away victory.

The victory leaves Villarreal with the definite advantage going in to the second leg at el Madrigal next week. Bayer Leverkusen will still feel that they are in this tie, but the dramatic manor of this defeat may be too much to overcome.

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