AEK Athens 1 - Villarreal 2

AEK Athens: Macho; Silva, Papastathopoulos, Geraldo, Arruabarrena; Tozser, Nsaliwa (Kafes 46'); Kone (Manduca 60'), Rivaldo (Pappas 82'), Julio César; Liberopoulos. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Josemi, Cygan, Fuentes, Javi Venta; Cazorla (Cani 46'), Mavuba, Bruno, Mati Fernández; Rossi (Guille Franco 69'), Tomasson (Ángel 89'). 4-4-2.

0-1. 40. Mavuba. Picked up Mati pass and struck angled shot low past Macho.
1-1. 68. Rivaldo. Curled free kick over defensive wall and into net off post.
1-2. 69. Tomasson. Ran on to Mati pass and rounded keeper to score off post.

Villarreal beat Lorenzo Serra Ferrer's AEK Athens 1-2 to stay ahead of their rivals and finish top of group C. With his side already sure of a place in the knockout stage, Pellegrini decided to rest several of his key players. Rossi was back though after an injury lay-off, and the ex Manchester United striker tested Macho a couple of times before Mavuba picked up a return pass from Mati Fernández to score his first goal since his move to the club in the summer.

Silva missed an easy chance to equalise after the restart, but Mati Fernández hit the bar with a free kick at the other end, Fuentes somehow failing to turn the ball in from a yard out after the rebound was played back to him. Soon afterwards Rivaldo showed that he still has a bit of the old flair with a free kick which went in off the post, but just a minute later Tomasson raced through on to another Mati Fernández pass to score what was to prove the winner.