MADRID (AP) — Giovani Lo Celso is returning to Villarreal on another loan from Tottenham, the Spanish club said Sunday.
The Argentina midfielder arrived at Villarreal in the beginning of the year but his initial loan expired at the end of the season.
MADRID (AP) — Veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina is returning to the Spanish league after agreeing to a one-year deal with Villarreal, the club said Friday.
Reina originally played for Villarreal from 2002-2005 before making the leap to Liverpool, where he established himself as a top player at his position.
MADRID (AP) — Long after the match ended, Villarreal fans stayed on their feet cheering at the La Cerámica Stadium.
The result was not what they had hoped, but the feeling was of a job well done.
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Liverpool players stared at each other in disbelief. By the bench, manager Jürgen Klopp watched in awe.
Just like that, Liverpool had squandered its two-goal lead from the first leg of the Champions League semifinals against Villarreal, and its spot in the final was suddenly in jeopardy.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
MADRID (AP) — The small Spanish city of Villarreal could be facing its last Champions League night in a while if it doesn’t pull off another upset on Tuesday against Liverpool.
The modest club ousted Juventus and Bayern Munich on its way to a surprise semifinal appearance.
The Champions League is heading toward a third all-English final in four seasons unless Spanish rivals can overturn first-leg losses.
Here’s a look at second-leg matches in the semifinals taking place this week:
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Juventus and Bayern Munich learned the hard way that Villarreal, despite its modest reputation, is no pushover even in Europe’s elite competition.
Now the club from a small town of 50,000 inhabitants in eastern Spain must get past one more giant standing in the way of a dream appearance in its first Champions League final.
MUNICH (AP) — As the final whistle blew — and Bayern Munich's dejected superstars slumped to the ground — Villarreal's substitutes raced onto the field to join the teammates who ousted the six-time European champions.
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VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Villarreal pulled off another surprising Champions League result, this time against sixth-time champion Bayern Munich to boost its hopes of returning to the semifinals for the first time in 16 years.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday:
The remaining first-leg games in the Champions League quarterfinals see Chelsea host Real Madrid in a rematch from last season's semifinals and Bayern travel to Villarreal.
MADRID (AP) — Pau Torres’ close-range shot had barely crossed the goal line when Villarreal coach Unai Emery started to celebrate by sprinting in a circle by the bench.
The 85th-minute goal against Juventus in Turin gave the visitors a two-goal lead and practically sealed Villarreal’s spot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Midfielder Dani Parejo again came to the rescue of Villarreal's misfiring forwards, scoring in a 1-0 win Saturday over Celta Vigo in the last game before Unai Emery's side faces Juventus in a Champions League showdown.
About a decade ago, Unai Emery was talking about his dream of one day winning the Champions League.
He was coaching Valencia, which was in the group stage a year after reaching the last 16 under his command.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid is hoping Karim Benzema will be fit to play in next week’s highly anticipated clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
That tasty Champions League round-of-16 tie in Paris on Tuesday will pit Madrid against the team of former nemesis Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, the player many in Spain hope will become Madrid's next star.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal and Osasuna became the latest topflight sides in Spain to be eliminated by lower-division rivals from the Copa del Rey, while Atlético Madrid eased into the round of 16 on Thursday.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle appointed Eddie Howe as manager on Monday, tasked with trying to keep the relegation-threatened team in the Premier League by the new Saudi ownership.
Howe was in the directors’ box at Brighton on Saturday to see Newcastle draw 1-1 to sit five points from safety.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Isaac Hayden’s equalizer gave relegation-threatened Newcastle a 1-1 draw at Brighton in front of prospective new manager Eddie Howe in the English Premier League on Saturday.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Prospective Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was in the directors' box to see the relegation-threatened team draw 1-1 at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 43-year-old Howe was sitting next to Newcastle director Amanda Staveley, who worked with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund on buying the northeast English club last month.
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Unai Emery put an end to rumors about him joining Newcastle, saying Wednesday he will stay as coach with Villarreal despite interest from the English club.
Emery said he was grateful for being considered for the Newcastle job but was “even more grateful” for being able to continue with the Spanish club.
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Villarreal put aside speculation about its coach's imminent departure to beat Young Boys 2-0 on Tuesday and move level on points with leader Manchester United at the top of their Champions League group.
MADRID (AP) — Arnaut Danjuma scored five minutes into stoppage time as Villarreal salvaged a 3-3 draw against Cádiz in the Spanish league on Tuesday.
Danjuma got the equalizer with a shot from inside the area to keep Unai Emery's team from losing its third league match in a row.
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal's struggles in the Spanish league continued with a 2-1 loss at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, with striker Gerard Moreno not finishing the game because of an injury.
Villarreal was coming off a 4-1 away win over Young Boys in the Champions League, but Unai Emery's team now has lost two in a row in the Spanish league and sits only 13th in the standings.
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Villarreal hopes to end its winless streak in Spanish league openers when it hosts Granada. Villarreal hasn’t won in six consecutive opening games since it beat Levante in 2014.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester center-back Wesley Fofana sustained a fractured left fibula after a late tackle during a friendly against Villarreal, the club confirmed Thursday, with manager Brendan Rodgers calling the challenge “horrendous."
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — For Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning the Europa League would mean more than avoiding another trophyless season. He’s hoping Wednesday’s final will be the start of something bigger.
MADRID (AP) —
Sevilla set a club record for points in the Spanish league by beating Alavés 1-0 in a match that closed out the season in Spain.
Papu Gómez scored a stoppage-time winner for Sevilla, which finished with 77 points.
LONDON (AP) — Unai Emery is heading back to the Europa League final — at the expense of the club that fired him last season.
Emery's Villarreal held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their semifinal on Thursday, which was enough to secure a 2-1 aggregate win and set up a final against Manchester United on May 26 in Poland...
VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Unai Emery won the first battle against his former club on Thursday as Villarreal defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals...
With their season on the line, Arsenal’s players produced a devastating first-half performance Thursday to beat Slavia Prague and reach the Europa League semifinals...
LONDON (AP) — Not since 1977 have things been this bad at Arsenal.
The struggling Gunners slumped to a 2-1 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday, taking the team's winless streak to nine games in all competitions — its worst run in 42 years.