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Villarreal's U-21 side are in the semifinals after defeating Athletic Club 2-1

Our cantera squad (mostly Villarreal B players) defeated Athletic Bilbao's squad, 2-1 today in High Wycombe.

Maria José Segovia

You would have had to go to the UK to see it, but two of Spain's best cantera sides squared off against each other today in one quarterfinal of the U-21 Premier league international Cup.   Athletic Bilbao's squad was made up primarily of players from their B team, currently in the Segunda, while Villarreal's was composed largely of players on Villarreal B, currently leading their Segunda B group.

The Yellow Submarine took an early lead--4th minute--when Fran Sol converted a chance created by Leo Suarez, and Aitor Cantalapiedra set up Alfonso Pedraza for a second tally shortly after halftime.  However, the Basques almost immediately scored through Guruzeta.   Villarreal came close to a third goal toward the end, held on and now move into the semifinals.

We will face Porto, 1-0 victors over Benfica today in another quarterfinal.  Date and place (probably Adams Park, High Wycombe again) to be confirmed.

Hopefully a good omen for when the first teams meat this Saturday at the new San Mames!  Endavant Villarreal!!