Villarreal asserted a favorable score of 2-1 obtained in the first leg of a qualifying round of European competitions on the two occasions in which they achieved it, although never in the semifinals of the competition, as happened this Thursday with their victory for this scoreboard against Arsenal at La Cerámica.
The first precedent was registered in the 2014-2015 season against Austria Salzburg in the round of 32 of the Europa League. After this marker, the Castellón team won 1-3 in the Austrian city with two goals from Luciano Vietto and one from Giovanni dos Santos that traced the rival’s initial goal.
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One year later, In the quarterfinals of the same tournament, history was repeated against Slavia Prague, whom Villarreal defeated 2-4 in the Czech capital with two goals from Cédric Bakambu, one from Samu Castillejo and a local goal from his own goal.
Now, after a good game against Arsenal, Unai Emery’s men will defend that 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Of course, the feeling after the victory was bittersweet because despite winning, the difference could be greater. After this game, the yellow team has not lost a single game in the entire Europa League.