Super-sub Llorente bags hat-trick to get Villarreal motoring

VILLARREAL came from behind to defeat a determined Aalborg 6-3 in a thrilling Group E Champions League match that saw a hat-trick from second-half substitute Joseba Llorente.

Llorente said that despite the convincing result, it was a difficult match for Villarreal. “We were suffering a lot, it was a tricky match against a team that appeared inferior but which showed that they can do something if you let them,” said the 28-year-old, who was bought from Valladolid last season.

Polish forward Marek Saganowski, on loan from Southampton, opened the scoring in the 19th minute for Aalborg.

Guiseppe Rossi levelled it nine minutes later after Angel Lopez advanced into the penalty area and cut the ball back for the US-born Italian.

Joan Capdevila put the Spaniards ahead for the first time in the 33rd minute when he picked up a long ball to lob into the top corner of the net, leaving Moroccan keeper Karim Zaza with no chance.

Thomas Enevoldsen scored again for the Danes to make it 2-2 at half time.

In the second half, Llorente came on for Guille Franco, and proved an inspiration.

In the 67th minute, he put Villarreal ahead with a close-range shot and scored his second three minutes later after good work by Robert Pires.

Swedish international midfielder Andreas Johansson gave the Danes some hope with a headed goal in the 77th minute, to reduce the deficit to 4-3.

But Robert Pires made the game safe on 79 minutes and the Yellow Submarine grabbed their sixth through Llorente in the 84th minute.

In Group G, Dynamo Kiev claimed their first Champions League win in almost four years against an off-key Porto side.

Oleksandr Aliev’s wicked first-half free-kick was all that separated the sides at the Estadio do Dragao as Dynamo enjoyed their first three-point haul in the competition since defeating Roma 2-0 in November 2004.

The result also continues Dynamo’s remarkable turnaround in European competition over the last 12 months.

After conceding a record-equalling 19 goals on their way to suffering six defeats in their 2007/08 campaign, the Ukrainians have conceded just one goal in three outings so far and are well in contention to make the last 16 for the first time in nine years.

Defeat for Porto is their second in a row following on from their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Group G leaders Arsenal last time out.

The victory moves Dynamo onto five points and into second place above Porto, who have three points from as many games.

Zenit St Petersburg finally got off the mark but will nevertheless rue a number of missed opportunities to take all the points at home to BATE Borisov. The visitors took the lead against the run of play in the 52nd minute with substitute Pavel Nekhaychik’s first touch of the game but Zenit levelled matters 11 minutes from time when Fatih Tekke got through.

Zenit, last season’s UEFA Cup winners, pressed hard for the winner but had to settle for the point.

That still leaves them rock bottom of the group following defeats to Real Madrid and Juventus.

BATE are one place and one point better off after their second draw of the group phase.

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