Gerard Moreno’s seventh goal in his last 11 UEFA competition appearances boosted Villarreal in their successful bid to secure all three points against Young Boys, reviving their hopes of progression.
Coming into this clash with one win in their last three games, Young Boys endured a difficult start against last season’s Europa League winners Villarreal, with the ‘Yellow Submarine’ taking the lead within six minutes. Yeremi Pino found himself in the right place at the right time to simply nod home a pin-point cross at the back post, and from there, things didn’t improve for the hosts.
Villarreal made it two just ten minutes after the first had found the net. This time, it was Gerard Moreno with the goal, heading home from the set piece for his seventh goal in his last 11 UEFA competition appearances. In response, only Michel Aebischer produced any kind of notable effort for Young Boys before HT, firing an effort from outside the area off the crossbar.
The second half presented the hosts with an opportunity to mount a comeback, and such was the end-to-end fashion of the game, Rulli was once again on hand to save the visitors, turning Christian Fassnacht’s one-on-one effort away from danger. With the Young Boys’ pressure continuously mounting, however, a goal always looked destined to come, and it duly did, with Elia breaking in behind before finishing expertly into the back of the net to halve the deficit in the 77th minute.
The hosts continued their pressure in the remaining ten minutes, but could not find the equaliser. Instead, it was Villarreal’s sucker punch that sealed all three points, with substitute Alberto Moreno finishing a sweeping counter-attacking move on the rebound of Danjuma’s original effort. Substitute Samuel Chukwueze then added the cherry on top, tapping home a late fourth to take the La Liga side up to third in Group F, and leave their hosts bottom.