Villarreal claim first draw in Europa Conference League history against Hadjuk Split


Villarreal achieved several firsts tonight as they cruised to a 4-2 win over Hadjuk Split.

The Estadio de la Ceramica is currently undergoing renovations and as a result Villarreal play Valencia at Levante’s Ciutat de Valencia stadium until the end of the year.

Things started well in their first-ever Europa Conference League draw, as Jose Luis Morales scored his first two goals for his new club. Stipe Biuk had given Hadjuk the lead within two minutes but Morales’ equalizer and Marko Livaja’s own goal had the Yellow Submarine ahead. El Comandante added another before assisting Gerard Moreno to score his fourth before half-time.

A late penalty from Marco Fossati closed the gap and means Villarreal will be a little less comfortable than they would have liked for their second leg in Split.

A returning Pepe Reina also made his second debut for the club, 20 years after his first stint. Villarreal were in charge for most of the game but Unai Emery was not happy to concede twice in a sloppy start and a sloppy end.

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