Villarreal beats FC Twente to reach semis

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Villarreal will play FC Porto in the Europa League semifinals after beating FC Twente 3-1 on Thursday.

Villarreal started with a 5-1 lead after the opening leg of the quarterfinals.

Emir Bajrami opened for Twente in the 31st minute but the Twente crowd's slim hopes were shattered when defender Dwight Tiendalli was ejected in the 53rd and Giuseppe Rossi equalized off a penalty. Marco Ruben netted another penalty in the 84th and Ruben Cani scored the third five minutes later to wrap up the win.

Porto secured its place with a 10-3 aggregate win against Spartak Moscow.

Twente coach Michel Preud'homme made clear the Dutch league was by far more important than the continental competition by benching key players including captain Peter Wisgerhof and Nacer Chadli.

PSV enjoys a two-point lead over PSV Eindhoven atop the Eredivisie with four games to go.

''In the first half we played well,'' said Twente midfielder Theo Janssen. ''We can exit the Europa League with our heads high. Now we focus on the title race and the Dutch Cup.''

The Dutch champion created a few chances in its bid to overturn a four-goal deficit. But Janssen and Bryan Ruiz initiated a move that led to its opener, setting up Bajrami, before Marco Janko wasted a chance to increase the lead after he was played in by Bajrami in the 40th.

Rossi equalized on a penalty awarded after Tiendalli fouled Wakaso Mubarak in the area. Another penalty gave Villarreal the edge before Cani made it 3-1.

''I think it's fair to say Tiendalli's red card made the difference,'' Janssen said.

Goalkeeper Nikolai Mikhailov and forward Luuk de Jong were left out because of injuries while Roberto Rosales was suspended for Twente.


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