Paco Alcácer and Gerard Moreno scored in the first half as Villarreal sealed their place in the semi-finals, despite Mislav Oršić’s late response to Dinamo.
Villarreal vs Dinamo: a coincidence, a reaction
The match in short
After taking advantage of the first exchange and hitting a tripod from close range to Samuel Chukwueze, Villarreal opened the scoring through Paco Alcácer’s tapping before Gerard Moreno expertly curled up in a second. Mislav Oršić completed a nice team move by giving Dinamo a glimmer of late hope, although Villarreal’s dominance was underlined by Chukwueze who rattled the woodwork again as the hosts went through 3-1 together.
Graham Hunter, Villarreal journalist
When Villarreal appointed Unai Emery as their manager last July, it was to the detriment of much-loved former player Javi Calleja, who did a devastating job at the helm. What was immediately clear was that Emery’s past as a three-time UEFA Europa League winner was a key factor. Tonight – in fact their entire undefeated season in Europa League games, with 28 goals in their favor – is proof of how insightful that choice was. Cruise Villarreal – bring Arsenal.
Elvir Islamović, Dinamo reporter
Dinamo knew they wouldn’t have much of a chance in Spain, but they hoped they could be clinically scored enough. They managed it once, but it wasn’t enough after Villarreal inflicted damage at the end of the first half to nearly disable the visitors. Nevertheless, the Croatian side can proudly look back on its UEFA Europa League campaign. They showed great quality, great motivation and a lot of team spirit – even while bowing.
Unai Emery, Villarreal coach: “Everyone here remembers that we had a semi-final against Arsenal in the Champions League and three more in the Europa League. We achieved this rematch by taking things one match at a time, with the conviction that we are building something nice.”
Paco Alcácer, Villarreal striker: “We are least worried about who is against the semi-finals. We are on a path that is already to be commended – I can tell you that we are all really working hard to make nights like this happen. it’s about enjoying the moment we’re in right now. “
Fernando Roig, President of Villarreal: “At 2-1, when Dinamo had a free kick on the edge of our penalty area, I was a little nervous. But now we have Arsenal in the semi-finals and to see if we can erase the memory of Román Riquelme missed that penalty against them in the Champions League semi-finals 2006. “
Arijan Ademi, captain of Zagreb’s Dinamo: “Congratulations to Villarreal – they deserved this win and they were a better team. We did our best, we did a good job and we have to keep our heads up.”
Dominik Livaković, goalkeeper of Zagreb’s Dinamo: “We weren’t foreigners at this stage of the Europa League. We did a good job, we progressed this season and we can be satisfied. We had nothing to lose in the second half: we scored once and hoped to score another last few minutes interestingly. we did our best and we did our best. “
Mislav Oršić, Dinamo Zagreb winger: “This is the end of our European journey and we are all a bit sad about it, but we did a really good job. We didn’t start this match the way we wanted and after we conceded two goals it was really hard. We scored and hoped to get back into the game , but we are not. “
- Villarreal are unbeaten in their last 21 European matches against the non-Spanish opposition and have not lost any of their 11 matches in the Europa League this season (W10 D1).
- Gerard Moreno have scored 15 of Villarreal’s last 25 goals and 17 times in their last 17 appearances for the Yellow Submarine.
- Villarreal have scored two or more goals in 87 European matches (including the qualifiers and the UEFA Intertoto Cup) – they have lost just one of those matches (2-3 against Zurich in November 2014).
- Mislav Oršić scored six goals in the last seven games for Zagreb’s Dinamo, and they all arrived after the 60th minute.
Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Moreno 90); Trigueros (Moi Gómez 62), Capoue, Parejo (Coquelin 84); Gerard Moreno, Alcácer (Álex Baena 90), Chukwueze
Dynamo: Livaković, Ristovski (Stojanović) (62), Lauritsen, Teofil-Katarina (Perić 82), Gvardiol; Jakić, Ademi (J. Mišić 82); Ivanušec (Atiemwen 76), Majer (Franjić 62), Oršić; Petković.
Villarreal now face Arsenal in the semi-finals, with their first game on April 29, and return a week later. Prior to that, the Yellow Submarine continues its efforts to qualify for Europe in the League, matches against Levante (18/04), Alavés (21/04) and Barcelona (25/04).