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Villareal vs Dynamo Zagreb

Villarreal will be hoping to book their place in the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night when they play host to Dinamo Zagreb at the Ceramica. Unai Emery’s side are 1-0 up from the 1st Leg and are firmly in the ascendancy but they can’t afford to think the job has been done.

Their victory in the Croatian capital last week came via a Gerard Moreno penalty just before Half-Time. Dinamo had their moments in the game but overall it was another strong display from Villarreal who have been very impressive in this competition this season, winning 10 of their 11 Europa League matches to date in 2020/21.

Having never won a major trophy, it would be absolutely enormous were this football club able to go on and lift the Europa League this season. It’s not impossible but they will be aware that there are considerably stronger tests to come, assuming they do finish the job here. They come into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna in LaLiga but Emery clearly opted to prioritise this match by resting the likes of Moreno and Pau Torres.

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Dinamo Dynamo Zagreb Europa League Gerard Moreno Villarreal


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