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1:1 draw between FC Zurich and Villarreal CF

Thanks to a combative performance FC Zurich achieved a 1-1 draw against Villarreal CF tonight. Roberto Rodriguez equalized the score from the spot just before the final whistle.

The visitors from Spain put their opponents under a lot of pressure from kick-off and FC Zurich’s players struggled significantly to fend off Villarreal’s quick combination plays. Therefore, it came not as much of a surprise when Villarreal skipper Bruno Soriano opened the score with a header just 14 minutes in.

Although FC Zurich subsequently got into the game a little better, they did not manage to create any clear-cut scoring opportunities, while Villarreal caused considerably more danger in front of the Zurich goal. Only thanks to keeper Andris Vanins did the score remain 0-1: After an hour, he denied Senegalese striker Cédric Bakambu with two miraculous saves. And a few minutes later, Pato missed another promising opportunity.

Towards the end of the match, FC Zurich increased their pressure and pushed for the equalizer, and these efforts paid off a couple of minutes before the final whistle, when Koné was fouled in the box. Rodriguez converted the penalty confidently, tying the score at 1-1.

But the match wasn’t over just yet: In the last minute of injury time, Marchesano pushed the ball over the line from a rebound; the Italian referee, however, penalized a very close offside position and the goal did not count.

Tonight’s draw means that FC Zurich will need to beat Osmanlispor FK away in Ankara in their last Europa League group game to go through to the next round.

FC Zürich
1:1 (0:1)
Villarreal CF
Cédric Brunner (31.)
Roberto Rodriguez (P) (87.)
Antonio Marchesano (91.)
Bruno Soriano (14.)
Victor Ruiz (23.)
Antonio Rukavina (90.)
Mateo Musacchio (92.)
Letzigrund, Zürich 10069 Spectators
Referee Davide Massa

FC Zürich

1Vanins
4Koné
8Marchesano
13Nef
20Kukelibis 79.
22Bangura
25Kecojevic
26Brunnerbis 69.
27Schönbächler
29Sarr
41Voserbis 69.

Ersatz

61Baumann
5Alesevic
7Winterab 69.
11Sadikuab 79.
21Cavusevic
28Stettler
34Rodriguezab 69.

Villarreal CF

1Asenjo
3José Angel
5Musacchio
6Victor Ruiz
7Cheryshevbis 71.
8Dos Santos
10Patobis 78.
14Trigueros
17Bakambubis 82.
21Bruno Soriano
22Rukavina

Ersatz

13Andres Fernandez
2Mario Gaspar
16Hernandezab 82.
18Sansoneab 78.
19Castillejoab 71.
23Bonera
24Borré

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