Europa League

Astana 2 - Villarreal 3

Astana: Nenad Eric; Postnikov, Logvinenko (Despotovic 81‘), Anicic; Shitov, Maevski, Beysebekov (Grahovac 67‘), Shomko; Twumasi, Kabananga, Murtazayev (Tomasov 70’). 3-4-3.
Villarreal: Barbosa; Rukavina, Bonera, Víctor Ruíz, Adrián Marín; Raba (Ramiro Guerra 76‘), Trigueros, Rodri, Pablo Fornals (Bakambu 59’); Sansone, Bacca (Roberto Soriano 66‘). 4-4-2.

1-0. 21. Kabananga. Picked up ball outside area and struck shot past Barbosa.
1-1. 39. Raba. Controlled long Bacca pass and ran on to fire shot past Eric.
1-2. 64. Bakambu. Picked up Sansone pass and forced shot past keeper.
1-3. 82. Bakambu. Latched on to loose ball on edge of area to shoot past Eric.
2-3. 88. Twumasi. Collected rebound outside area and fired shot across Barbosa.

Yellow cards: Shomko 42’, Adrián Marín 62’, Maevski 69’, Sansone 74’, Grahovac 92’, Kabananga 93’.

Villarreal ensured first place in their group after a 2-3 victory over Astana. The Kazakhstan side had gone seventeen games without defeat at home in Europe, and they took the lead through Kabananga midway through the first half. Debutant Dani Raba levelled it before the break though, and Bakambu came on to score twice before Twumasi got a late consolation for the locals.