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The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Gonzalez Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Brilliant save by Ivan Kelava.
Fatos Beciraj fouled by Carlos Marchena, the ref awards a free kick. Fatos Beciraj leaves the field to be replaced by Tomislav Barbaric. Free kick taken by Antonio Leonel Tonel.
Handball by Igor Biscan. Igor Biscan shown a red card for deliberate handball. Penalty taken by Marcos Senna is saved by Ivan Kelava. Villarreal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Milan Badelj by Marcos Senna. Leandro Cufre takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ruben Cani by Milan Badelj. Jose Manuel Catala restarts play with the free kick.
Jefferson Montero comes on in place of Giuseppe Rossi.
Giuseppe Rossi gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Villarreal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb.
Honorato da Silva Nilmar comes on in place of Borja Valero. Pedro Morales on for Arijan Ademi.
Unfair challenge on Fatos Beciraj by Mateo Musacchio results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Luis Ibanez from the free kick.
Corner taken by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla from the left by-line, Antonio Leonel Tonel makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Giuseppe Rossi. Antonio Leonel Tonel restarts play with the free kick.
Ante Rukavina comes on in place of Jorge Sammir.
Shot on goal by Milan Badelj from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Borja Valero on Igor Biscan. Igor Biscan takes the free kick.
Antonio Leonel Tonel challenges Giuseppe Rossi unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Giuseppe Rossi, drilled left-footed shot by Soriano Bruno. Blocked by Leandro Cufre. Shot by Ruben Cani. Antonio Leonel Tonel gets a block in.
Short corner worked by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla.
Marcos Senna takes a shot. Save by Ivan Kelava.
Marco Ruben gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Villarreal 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb.The assist for the goal came from Giuseppe Rossi.
Marco Ruben goes off and Marcos Senna comes on.
A goal is scored by Marco Ruben from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Villarreal 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb.The assist for the goal came from Giuseppe Rossi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Soriano Bruno on Arijan Ademi. Free kick crossed right-footed by Milan Badelj from right channel, Rodriguez Diego Lopez makes a save.
Soriano Bruno gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sime Vrsaljko. Leandro Cufre restarts play with the free kick.
Ruben Cani takes a shot from a just insdie the box and strikes the post.
Jose Manuel Catala produces a cross, save by Ivan Kelava.
Marco Ruben decides to take the corner short.
Lopez Angel takes a shot. Arijan Ademi gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla.
Giuseppe Rossi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance made by Leandro Cufre.
Foul by Carlos Marchena on Leandro Cufre, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Leandro Cufre.
Effort on goal by Jorge Sammir from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Ruben Cani takes a shot from 18 yards. Ivan Kelava makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Borja Valero by Adrian Calello results in a free kick. Borja Valero restarts play with the free kick.
Borja Valero concedes a free kick for a foul on Leandro Cufre. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Calello.
Giuseppe Rossi takes a shot. Save made by Ivan Kelava.
The second half has started.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Marchena by Jorge Sammir. Direct free kick taken by Soriano Bruno.
Unfair challenge on Sime Vrsaljko by Jose Manuel Catala results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Igor Biscan.
Shot by Giuseppe Rossi from 6 yards. Save by Ivan Kelava.
Arijan Ademi challenges Gonzalez Santi Cazorla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Soriano Bruno.
Corner taken left-footed by Luis Ibanez.
Unfair challenge on Jose Manuel Catala by Milan Badelj results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Manuel Catala.
Unfair challenge on Luis Ibanez by Lopez Angel results in a free kick. Booking for Lopez Angel for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Leandro Cufre.
Jorge Sammir concedes a free kick for a foul on Ruben Cani. Soriano Bruno takes the free kick.
Gonzalez Santi Cazorla produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target. Marco Ruben produces a cross.
Marco Ruben is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Leandro Cufre.
Gonzalez Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Giuseppe Rossi concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Calello. Giuseppe Rossi receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jorge Sammir restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jorge Sammir from the right by-line, Soriano Bruno makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Marco Ruben by Ivan Kelava results in a Penalty. Ivan Kelava is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Giuseppe Rossi scores a placed penalty. Villarreal 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla, clearance by Ivan Kelava.
Gonzalez Santi Cazorla takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Ivan Kelava.
Corner taken by Jorge Sammir from the left by-line.
Mateo Musacchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Fatos Beciraj. Luis Ibanez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
Inswinging corner taken by Borja Valero, Fatos Beciraj makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Borja Valero.
Luis Ibanez fouled by Lopez Angel, the ref awards a free kick. Jorge Sammir delivers the ball, Antonio Leonel Tonel takes a shot. Blocked by Mateo Musacchio. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luis Ibanez from the left by-line. Rodriguez Diego Lopez receives a caution for dissent. Luis Ibanez takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
Gonzalez Santi Cazorla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sime Vrsaljko. Igor Biscan takes the direct free kick. Arijan Ademi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
Unfair challenge on Borja Valero by Milan Badelj results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Soriano Bruno.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Manuel Catala on Luis Ibanez. Igor Biscan takes the free kick.
Sime Vrsaljko produces a cross.
Milan Badelj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Santi Cazorla. Borja Valero takes the free kick.
The game begins.
Valero targets early goal
Villarreal playmaker Borja Valero is targeting an early goal against in-form Dinamo Zagreb as his side go in search of the victory that could secure them a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
The Yellow Submarine are currently third in Group D heading into the penultimate round of matches, but they are just a point behind joint-leaders PAOK and Dinamo, who are both on seven points.
With the top two meeting in the final round of fixtures, Villarreal know they guarantee themselves a place in the knockout stages if they can down Dinamo and PAOK slip up at home to Club Brugge.
On the flip side, Villarreal will also be aware that if results go against them in this round then they will bid farewell to the competition.
"We need to win the game no matter what. We have to continue in the same form as the last few games to impose ourselves on Dinamo Zagreb," said Valero, whose side defeated Real Zaragoza 3-0 at the weekend and drew 1-1 with local rivals Valencia in their previous outing.
It is unlikely to be easy for Juan Carlos Garrido's side, though, as Dinamo are in stunning form.
Since losing to PAOK in the Europa League back in September, the Croatians have rattled off 11 wins and one draw in 12 games - conceding just one goal in that time, which came 11 games ago.
Vahid Halilhodzic's team, who would progress through to the next stage with a victory, also beat Villarreal 2-0 in the first meeting between the two.
To help Villarreal's bid for three points, Valero has stressed the importance of getting in front early on.
"Dinamo are in good form and it will be difficult to beat them as they already showed in the first game against us," he said.
"I don't think they will come to attack. If we score an early goal it could settle the game, as we have two very fast strikers who can cause a lot of damage on the counter-attack. When we've gone ahead in other games, everything is a lot easier because the other teams open up.
"The other teams come here to try and close up shop, but we are used to that and we will try to play our game. It's a key game to try and help us qualify as soon as possible. We are also playing in front of our fans, so we can't slip up. We have high hopes in this competition and we need to win on Thursday."
Rossi stars as Villarreal progress
Giuseppe Rossi struck twice and set up a third as Villarreal progressed through to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a deserved 3-0 victory over in-form Dinamo Zagreb at El Madrigal.
The Yellow Submarine started the penultimate round of fixtures in third place in Group D, but this result, combined with Club Brugge's late equaliser at PAOK, means they are now sure of a place in the last 32.
Rossi led the way with two goals, the first from the penalty spot, while Marco Ruben was also on the scoresheet.
Villarreal also missed a late penalty through Marcos Senna in an incident that saw visiting defender Igor Biscan sent off, but it mattered little to the Spaniards, who progressed through thanks to Club Brugge's draw in Greece.
Villarreal rode their luck early on, Fatos Beciraj seeing a shot deflected onto the post with Diego Lopez completely wrong-footed, before a mixture of poor finishing from Beciraj and great goalkeeping from Lopez let the hosts off the hook again.
Beciraj really should have done better with that opportunity with the goal at his mercy, and it was all downhill after that for the Croatians, who had rattled off 11 wins and one draw in their previous 12 games.
Villarreal took the lead in the 25th minute when Rossi slotted home from the spot after Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava had been adjudged to have brought down Ruben inside the area.
The home side had several chances to increase their lead, Kelava denying Rossi and Cani - who also hit the post - before the Spaniards made it 2-0 through Ruben, who latched onto a fine flick from Rossi to slide a low shot past Kelava.
That was Ruben's last contribution as he was immediately replaced by veteran midfielder Senna, who almost made it 3-0 straight away when his brilliant 30-yard drive drew an equally good flying save out of Kelava.
Juan Carlos Garrido's side would get their third in the 81st minute when Rossi picked up a lay-off from Nilmar before drilling a low shot past Kelava from the edge of the box.
Rossi then made way for Jefferson Montero, meaning the Italy international missed the chance to net his hat-trick in the 86th minute when Villarreal were awarded their second penalty, Biscan earning himself a red card for handball.
Senna was the man who took responsibility, but the Spain international's penalty was superbly saved by Kelava, although it was a Pyrrhic victory for the visiting custodian as Dinamo were left needing to beat PAOK in their last match to reach the next phase.
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