Rossi fires Villarreal into Champions League group stages

Giuseppe Rossi fired Villarreal to a 3-0 victory over Odense and into the group stages of the Champions League to see off a plucky Danish side that rode their luck at times during a one-sided opening spell.

The former Manchester United man, who has been linked with a move to Juventus this summer, eventually opened the scoring five minutes after the break then added a second on 66 minutes from Cani´s cross, much to the relief of boss Juan Carlos Garrido who was already under pressure before La Liga has even started following the shock 1-0 defeat in Denmark last week.

The visitors then saw Baskhim Kadrii dismissed for a second yellow card on 70 minutes and five minutes later he was followed by Villarreal´s Borja Valero, who was shown a straight red for headbutting an opponent in the chest. Carlos Marchena then completed the scoring nine minutes from time after a mistake from keeper Stefan Wessels, who had been in inspired form all evening.

Garrido, unsurprisingly, was very happy with his team´s showing: “It was a great night and we achieved our objective.” he said. “It was difficult but I think we showed we deserve it. We were far superior. You can win or lose a game, but when you are superior you always get the result. We are going to enjoy the group stages and are keen to show we can do things well and play good football.”

Opposition boss Henrik Clausen was left to reflect on his side´s elimination: “It was a shame after the effort we put in but it was not to be,” lamented the Dane. “I feel sorry for our people, who deserve some success.”

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