aalborg bk (teknik direktör: allan kuhn) karim zaza, kasper bogelund (lasse nielsen 75), steve olfers, michael jakobsen, martin pedersen, thomas enevoldsen, thomas augustinussen, andreas johansson, anders due, lucas de deus santos “caca” (kasper risgard 79), jeppe curth (marek saganowski 72)
villarreal cf (teknik direktör: manuel pellegrini) diego lopez, javi venta, gonzalo rodriguez, diego godin, joan capdevila, santi cazorla, marcos senna, edmilson gomes (mati fernandez 82), robert pires (ruben gracia “cani” 62), giuseppe rossi (guille franco 65), joseba llorente
yardımcı hakemler: david benech (fra), michael annonier (fra)
4. hakem: jean-charles cailleux (fra)
aab: karim zaza (gk), michael jakobsen, martin pedersen, steve olfers, anders due, andreas johansson, thomas augustinussen(c), jeppe curth (dk. 72 marek saganowski), kasper bøgelund (dk. 75 lasse nielsen), caca (dk. 79 kasper risgård), thomas enevoldsen
yedekler: kenneth stenild (gk), simon bræmer, patrick kristensen, ronnie schwartz
teknik direktör: allan kuhn (den)
villarreal: diego lópez (gk), gonzalo rodríguez, edmílson (dk. 82 matías fernández), diego godín, joan capdevila, robert pirès (dk. 62 cani), santi cazorla, joseba llorente, javi venta, marcos senna (c), giuseppe rossi (dk. 65 guillermo franco)
yedekler: sebastián viera (gk), pascal cygan, ángel lópez, bruno soriano
teknik direktör: manuel pellegrini (chi)
goller: 0-1 giuseppe rossi dk. 41 1-1 jeppe curth dk. 54 1-2 guillermo franco dk. 75 2-2 anders due dk. 81
sarı kartlar: dk. 65 anders due (aab) dk. 51 diego godín, dk. 80 guillermo franco, dk. 90+3 cani (villarreal)
aab's due reward denies villarreal published: thursday 6 november 2008, 0.54cet
aalborg bk 2-2 villarreal cf
jeppe curth and anders due helped the danish hosts come from behind twice to earn their second group e point at high-flying villarreal's expense.
by mike harrington from aalborg stadium
a brilliant free-kick by anders due secured aalborg bk's second point in group e at the expense of high-flying villarreal cf and kept the home club in uefa champions league contention.
all-square villarreal were on course to take maximum plunder from their trip to northern denmark when substitute guille franco gave them the lead for the second time after 75 minutes. but just as giuseppe rossi's opening goal had been cancelled out by jeppe curth soon after half-time, so the hosts summoned another equaliser, through due, with the clock ticking down. aab remain bottom of the section after celtic fc's draw with manchester united fc yet could still finish in the top two where villarreal currently reside.
early warning with joseba llorente having scored a hat-trick in villarreal's 6-3 victory in the reverse fixture on matchday 3, it was no surprise to see him closely attended here in aalborg. he was involved in an early challenge with home captain thomas augustinussen which resulted in the forward receiving treatment. back on the field, the spanish liga's second-placed team initially held sway, although aab midfielder kasper bøgelund broke the trend by surging forward and forcing diego lópez into a low save.
ebb and flow an aab side under the caretaker tutelage of allan kuhn – who replaced coach bruce rioch after the heavy defeat at el madrigal on 21 october – suggested a more sustained threat when forward curth turned and let fly from the edge of the box, lópez again making the stop. by the 20-minute mark, due was knocking at the door again with a close-range header, but with no end product to the red and whites' pressure, manuel pellegrini's men regained the initiative.
breakthrough marcos senna drove a low effort from outside the area which karim zaza tipped to safety. the danish titleholders' no1 was back in action following an inswinging corner from senna, keeping out llorente's close-range volley. if villarreal were signalling their goalscoring intent, they delivered upon this promise four minutes before half-time. rossi got his second goal of the uefa champions league campaign when he side-footed the ball beyond zaza from a position just inside the box, following a run by robert pirès.
parity restored aab, third from bottom in their domestic superligaen, have taken their share of blows this season, yet they showed an ability to roll with the punches here. from being down at the interval, they were quickly out of the blocks after it, and deservedly equalised in the 54th minute. curth collected caca's superb back-heel and rifled past lópez. one almost became two when bøgelund was the beneficiary of andreas johansson's through pass and powered in a shot which the villarreal custodian saved at full stretch. with the opposition in the ascendancy, pellegrini changed tack by withdrawing first pirès for cani, then rossi for franco.
recovery the latter decision looked a masterstroke when franco controlled on his chest llorente's lofted ball over the aab defence to volley unerringly past zaza. however, that assumption was counting without an equally impressive strike from midfielder due, who curled his 81st-minute free-kick over the wall and beyond the left hand of the beaten lópez.