Wolfsburg advances past Villarreal

Wolfsburg advances past Villarreal

Published Feb. 25, 2010 10:40 p.m. ET

Wolfsburg beat Villarreal 4-1 to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.

Edin Dzeko, an own goal from Angel Lopez, Christian Gentner and Grafite scored for the German champion for a 6-3 aggregate win.

Joan Capdevila scored the consolation goal for the Spanish side in the second-leg match.

Wolfsburg let Villarreal have more possession early in the game but the German club had the first chance when Dzeko missed the target from just six meters (yards) out.

But Wolfsburg scored four minutes later when Josue intercepted a pass intended for Robert Pires and passed to Dzeko, who beat the offside trap and then struck the ball under the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Wolfsburg doubled its lead after an own goal by Lopez, whose attempt to clear a cross from Grafite ended in his own net.

Capdevila pulled one back for Villareal on the half hour mark, rising at the far post to meet a corner from Marcos Senna and heading the ball home off the underside of the crossbar.

Christian Gentner restored Wolfsburg's two-goal advantage three minutes before halftime and Grafite made it 4-1 in the 64th, prodding home a free kick from Zvjezdan Misimovic.