Football-birthday boy Pino helps Villarreal beat young boys
Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno scored the first goals for Villarreal as they secured their first Champions League group stage victory in 13 years with a 4-1 win over Young Boys in an exciting game at the stadium Wankdorf Wednesday. The Group F victory propelled the Spanish team to third place in the table with four points in three games, behind leaders Manchester United (six) and Atalanta (four). At the bottom, the Young Boys (three) remain in contention at the halfway point.
Pino received a gift on his 19th birthday when he was left completely unnoticed at the back post on a cross from Alfonso Pedraza to head for the net for his first Champions League goal as Villarreal opened the score after six minutes. They doubled that advantage 10 minutes later after a more static defense saw Morena take the lead in the second as he found acres of space between two defenders on Dani Parejo’s free kick.
Both teams lost many scoring opportunities in the second half of an extremely entertaining game that will be repeated in Spain when the teams meet again on November 2, but Meschack Elia ultimately secured an award for the home side with 13 minutes to play. This set up a grandstand finish, but as the Young Boys advanced in search of an equalizer they were always going to be vulnerable at the back, and Alberto Moreno and Samuel Chukwueze secured points for the visitors with two late strikes.
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