Browsing: Villarreal

Prior to the Europa League final which Villarreal won on penalties, four Champions League meetings produced exactly zero goals, with goalless draws seeing the two sides share the points in the group stages in both 2005 and 2008.

With the scores level at 120 minutes following goals from Hakim Ziyech and Gerard Moreno in normal time, Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy in the final moments of extra time specifically for the shootout – and it proved the right call from Thomas Tuchel as the Spaniard proved decisive.

Villarreal were surprise winners of the UEFA Europa League last term, but the Spanish side is looking to build on their success and will use this clash against continental champions Chelsea as a yard-stick to measure their progress ahead of competing in the UEFA Champions League this term.

It had been suggested that the game between Chelsea and Villarreal could be switched to Istanbul in compensation for the Champions League final being moved from the Turkish city to Porto due to coronavirus restrictions.

However, the 31-year-old will continue his career in MLS with Orlando, who fell to New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

The 21-year-old Nigeria international has most recently been linked by reports from La Razon with a move to Spanish titans Real Madrid, but the Toffees are also listed among a host of other suitors.