Valencia 2-0 Villareal (5-1 agg): goals Toni Lato and Daniel Parejo deserve victory in quarterfinals of all Spanish Europa League
- Valencia beat Villareal 2-0 and reached the semifinals of the Europa League
- The goals of Toni Lato and Daniel Parejo yielded the victory of Valencia in the second stage
- Los Ches triumphed 5-1 against joint Spanish opposition
- The Mestalla club is now in the semi-final for Arsenal next month
Valencia booked its place in the semifinals of the Europa League as a 2-0 win over neighbors Villarreal ensured a 5-1 total win.
Toni Lato's first goal for Valencia built on the commander position of hosts after the 3-1 victory in the first leg, before Dani Parejo doubled the lead at the start of the second half to put the tie past Villarreal.
Valencia lost the Europa League semi-final for the first time in five years with a comfortable 2-0 win at home with colleague Villarreal.
Valencia players celebrate after Toni Lato scored the opening goal against Villareal
Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby tries to block the recording of Villareal & # 39; s Daniel Raba
The two sides are only separated by 60 kilometers in the east of Spain, but Valencia is nine places above their opponents in the competition and has only lost once in their last 20 games in all competitions.
Valencia made the lighter start by releasing the pressure on Villarreal and keeping the tie out of the scope of the Yellow Submarine in the opening of 10 minutes.
Lato fired Valencia at the front in the night with his first goal for the club's first team, a composed finish by Andres Fernandez.
Norberto Neto catches the ball and keeps a clean slate in the Mestalla Stadium
The home team was rarely difficult in the first half, but was unable to extend its lead before the break.
Villarreal had a chance at the start of the second half after Alfonso Pedraza drove forward in the penalty area before he hit the ball in the direction of the goal, but his strong attempt was right on keeper Neto.
Valencia doubled their lead with a happy deflection of a free kick. Parejo & # 39; s low strike eliminated former Everton defender Ramiro Funes-Mori before standing in the net past Fernandez.
Villareal players pose for a team photo prior to the Europa League quarter-final
The yellow submarine had a few chances around the hour, while substitute Samuel Chukwueze shot the bar and Gerard Moreno & # 39; s main effort was powerless.
The visitors enjoyed long periods of possession when the game entered its final phase, but were unable to create clear chances and struggled to break the defense of Valencia.
In the final minutes, Francis Coquelin gave a free kick away and grabbed a yellow card, excluding himself during a trip to the Emirates to defeat his former club Arsenal in the semi-final.
Valencia reached the semi-final of the Europa League in a soaked Mestalla Stadium