Villarreal 0-1 Celta Vigo: Valverde's Vacant Side Overcome By Last Minute Spot Kick

The Yellow Submarine crash out in the dying seconds...
Villarreal 0-1 Celta Vigo
Copa del Rey Results/Standings

Villarreal have crashed out of the Copa del Rey this evening after suffering a 1-0 defeat to a buoyant Celta Vigo at El Madrigal, sending the Primera Division side spiralling out of the competition on aggregate.

The La Liga side, who have returned to form after a below-par start to the season, were ineffectual on the night, but it took until the 89th minute for the visitors to capitalise and Roberto Tashorras slotted home the penalty kick to send the cash-strapped Segunda side into raptures.

Villarreal began the match expected to provide the finishing touches to the foundations they built in their 1-1 draw in the first leg, but they were dreadful for the majority of this match, and the Segunda Division side were the ones doing the majority of the running.

The inconsistency of Villarreal was clear to see; against the champions Barcelona in the Camp Nou only nine days ago, they pushed the Blaugrana all the way, but this evening they looked as though motivation was a problem, given that the 1-1 draw from the first leg was good enough to send them through on the away goals rule.

The first half was a complete non-event, with Celta Vigo doing well to contain and frustrate their hosts, and despite the creative influence of the likes of Cani and Joseba Llorente, Villarreal's play was ineffectual and lacking in any activity in the final third.

Indeed, at the start of the second half, Os Celestes had fashioned the best chance of the match until that point. Iago Aspas showed composure to pull the ball out of the sky superbly, and in the one-on-one with Diego Lopez he only managed to slam his shot against the Spaniards' leg, which diverted the ball to safety.

At this point, Giuseppe Rossi's first-leg strike was the only difference between the sides, and Villarreal advanced to put the tie beyond doubt.

Robert Pires was set clear on goal by a Llorente pass, but the veteran Frenchman could only shoot straight at Yoel, and he instinctively saved with his right leg, sending the ball to safety.

After that effort, home coach Ernesto Valverde set his side up to contain their lower-league opponents, happy with the away goal they had grabbed in the first leg.

However, his tactics resorted in disaster. As the match descended into injury time, Angel foolishly brought down Henrique Botelho just inside the area. It was an ill-timed tackle, and the ensuing penalty kick was converted by Roberto Trashorras via the hand of Diego Lopez.

It was a hammer blow for the El Madrigal side as injury time approached, and they were unable to recover, handing the youthful, unfancied second tier outfit a famous win and punishing Valverde's men for their lack of ambition on the night.

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com