VILLAREAL needed to not lose their Group A match against MANCHESTER CITY & it was never going to be easy. However, the door of hope opened for the Spanish Football Club in the 3rd min when CANI put them ahead, & this gave wings to Villareal.
But the Spanish team did not count that luck - or bad luck - was going to visit the stadium & "stick a finger" or two into them (Mourinho style). Villareal played well, very well, against the odds & put City on the ropes at times. But as the wise say you have to find your luck & Manchester City did so in the 42th min when Spanish defender MARCHENA put in an own goal to allow the home team to equalize. Bad luck for Villareal I hear some say...
The second half saw City go all out, & Villareal ( & goalie Lopez ) stood firm admirably. Until good - or bad - luck again made a visit & in the 93rd min SERGIO AGUERO - maybe off-side perhaps? - scored the winner to the delight of the home crowd & the unbelief from the Spanish players. Final result, 2 - 1 & Villareal knowing that their Euro run end with this Group. Congrats to City!
REAL MADRID secured their place beyond the Group phase ( Group D, in fact ) to win comfortably 4 - 0 French Club OLYMPIQUE LYON. Real Madrid Coach Mourinho put on Benzema over Higuian & the Frenchmen scored in the 19th min from a Ronaldo header flick-on. Real Madrid was virtually in control of the whole match with some sporadic threats from Lyon that Casillas & the Madrid defence stopped or the Lyon forwards missed.
The goals came in a steady flow in the second half when Madrid decided to go out & "kill" the game while the French only objective was a draw. With the visitors lack of ambition , Real Madrid took the ball & happy moved things around to their liking.
They are the official goals, there could have been more had the referee not disallowed a quick free - kick taken goal from Xabi that Benzema scored ( apparently without referee´s whistle blown) & some nice saves by Lyon goalie Lloris.
Overall, a comfortable night at the "Bernabeu" office for Real Madrid, something that would have been unheard off a couple of years back with Lyon.