UEFA Europa League: FC Zurich Suffer 1-4 Defeat against Villarreal C.F.
FC Zurich have lost their UEFA Europa League group stage away game against Villarreal C.F. 1-4 tonight.
Just 6 minutes in, the home side from Villarreal took the early lead when Cani beat Zurich keeper Da Costa. The visitors regained hope two minutes before the half-time whistle though when Marco Schönbächler managed to equalize the score: Yapi launched an attack on the Villarreal goal with a long pass to Yassine Chikhaoui, whose magnificent dribbling into the box drew three Spanish defenders. His attempt on goal got deflected slightly and turned into a perfect delivery for Schönbächler, who took advantage of this opportunity and netted in, putting the score to 1-1 and his team on the board.
After the break, however, the home side increased the pace and their pressure – deciding the encounter with two goals within just three minutes, one of which was a perfectly curled free-kick into the top right corner by Soriano. The final score of 1-4 reflects a well-deserved victory for Villarreal C.F.
This coming Sunday afternoon, FC Zurich will be facing FC St Gallen in their next Super League home game.
Villarreal CF – FC Zürich 4:1 (1:1)
El Madrigal, Villarreal - 10 000 Zuschauer - SR Özkahya (Türkei)
Tore: 6. Cani 1:0, 43. Schönbächler 1:1, 57. Vietto 2:1, 60. Soriano 3:1, 78. G. Dos Santos 4:1
Villarreal: Juan Carlos; Mario Gaspar, Gabriel Paulista, Victor Ruiz, Marin; Cani (73. Cheryshev), J. Dos Santos, Bruno Soriano (69. Pina), Espinosa; Moreno, Vietto (66. G. Dos Santos)
Zürich: Da Costa; Philippe Koch, Nef, Djimsiti (84. Elvedi); Buff, Kukeli, Yapi, Schönbächler (74. Rodriquez); Chiumiento; Chermiti (74. Etoundi), Chikhaoui
Bemerkungen: Zürich ohne Gavranovic, Kecojevic, Raphael Koch, Rikan, Sadiku (alle verletzt / rekonvaleszent), Rossini (krank), Alesevic, Kleiber, Malloth und Oberlin (alle nicht im Aufgebot).
Verwarnungen: 51. Kukeli (Foul), 63. Soriano (Foul), 76. Etoundi (Foul)