Villarreal beat Lech Poznan in chaotic Conference League opener


Villarreal edged out Lech Poznan in a chaotic Europa Conference League opener on Thursday night.

The Yellows presented a weakened side for their first European clash of the season, with Unai Emery clearly prioritizing La Liga this term.

And the changes showed up early on, with Poznan taking the lead through Michal Skoras within two minutes.

Not a starting idea for goalkeeper Filip Jorgensen, who made a rare start here.

It took Villarreal a while to get going at the Ciuitat de Valencia, but when they clinched gold through Samu Chukwueze, they went wild.

Alex Baena added two, with both goals coming in the space of four minutes, and Villarreal went from one to two within eight minutes of the equaliser.

Coquelin grabbed the winner
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Things took another turn after the break when Ishak scored less than a minute into the restart, and he scored again just after the hour mark to level the score.

Emery then called on the likes of Kiko Femenia, Gerard Moreno, Yeremi Pino, Dani Parejo and the now trusted Nicolas Jackson, all within the first 20 minutes of the second half.

And the changes ended up paying, Francis Coquelin finding the winner one minute before the 90th mark.

A rather chaotic outing, but it’s still three points for Villarreal to kick off the Conference League campaign.

Most importantly, it continues an undefeated start to the season for Emery’s men.

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