Villarreal headed into tonight’s game desperate for a win, and will be delighted with a 4-1 score line, but this does not truly reflect the run of play.
Unai Emery’s side did well to take an early lead through headers from Yeremy Pino and Gerard Moreno but came under intense pressure from the hosts as Young Boys created a number of decent opportunities.
Gero Rulli was solid in goal, but the defence was consistently carved open, and the Swiss side eventually pulled one back through Elia.
Raul Albiol was forced off on a stretcher shortly after with what seemed like a bad concussion, as the defence prepared for a nervy ending, but it was substitute Alberto Moreno who sealed the points with a fine finish following a counter.
Samuel Chukwueze then put the icing on the cake, scoring with his first touch after coming on for Danjuma, and the side leaves the Wankdorf Arena with a vital three points in a tight group.
Elsewhere, Manchester United completed a second half turnaround against Atalanta to win 3-2, meaning we end the night third in what is a ridiculously tight group.
The game ended 2.23-2.68 on xG, highlighting how fortunate the team was to only concede one goal, and in the return leg will need to be more secure at the back to try and progress from the group.
MOTM: Yeremy Pino – the youngster impressed yet again, opening the scoring with a fine header, whilst creating two chances and working hard in both directions.
Next up, a trip to San Mames to face Marcelino’s Athletic Bilbao team on Saturday evening.