2018-19 UEFA Europa League, Quarterfinals
  • Toni Lato (13')
  • Dani Parejo (54')
2nd Leg - Valencia win 5-1 on aggregate
2nd Leg - Valencia win 5-1 on aggregate

Valencia stroll into last four with 2-0 Villarreal win

Valencia eased into the semifinals of the Europa League for the first time in five years with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to fellow Spanish side Villarreal in heavy rain on Thursday for a resounding 5-1 aggregate scoreline.

Valencia's Toni Lato and Dani Parejo scored the goals that secured the victory and set up a meeting with Arsenal and former coach Unai Emery in the last four after the London side won 1-0 at Napoli to wrap up a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Full back Lato strolled into a gaping hole in the visiting defence to volley Valencia in front in the 13th minute at a rain-swept Mestalla to further settle the home side, who enjoyed a 3-1 win at Villarreal in the first leg.

Valencia doubled their lead early in the second half with a free kick by captain Parejo which took a deflection off defender Ramiro Funes Mori, and many fans took the goal as their cue to leave the roofless stadium in search of some shelter.