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Villarreal’s Europa League prize money revealed after Stade-Rennais win secures group stage top spot

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Villarreal topped their group in dramatic fashion
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Villarreal have racked up a hefty prize pot after securing passage to the Europa League Round of 16 with a dramatic win on Thursday night.

Marcelino’s men made the trip to Rennes to play Stade Rennais knowing they had to win to top the group following last week’s draw with Maccabi Haifa.

They did just that. Gerard Moreno scored a penalty in the 36th minute, with the home side equalising virtually straight from kick-off. The Yellows they reinstalled their lead with a deflected Illias effort, but Ludovic Blas equalised in the 79th minute. Still, Villarreal got back ahead after a neat one-two from Dani Perjo with Alejandro Baena before a composed finish.

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Parejo got the winner
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There was still tiem for more drama, with Stade Rennais appearing to score in the 101st minute, but at the start of the move, a free-kick hit the bar and rebounded straight back to the free-kick taker without touching another player. That is not allowed, and the referee asked VAR to review the incident, leading to conformation of his suspicion.

The result means Villarreal finish top of the group, and they will miss the Round of 32 playoff round as a consecuence, securing passage straight through to the Round of 16.

For winning the group, Villarreal will pocket no less than €4.73million if you inlclude the fee they received for reaching the group stage. They will now welcome a further €1.7million for progressing to the Round of 16, while four wins and a draw will land them further prize money worth £2.73million.

That’s a total of €9.16million up to this stage, and they can secure a further €1.8million should they reach the quarter finals in the new year.