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David Villa rescues Europa League draw for Valencia

David Villa in action
Villa's late strike set up a fascinating second leg in Madrid

Valencia twice fought back from a goal down in an enthralling 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in the all-Spanish Europa League quarter-final tie.

Atletico took the lead through Diego Forlan in the 59th minute before Manuel Fernandes levelled at Mestalla Stadium.

Antonio Lopez regained the lead for the visitors but Villa's 82nd-minute equaliser set up a frantic finish.

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the winner as Hamburg took a 2-1 first-leg lead against Standard Liege.

The Belgians had taken the lead in the 30th minute at the Nordbank Arena when Dieumerci Mbokani headed in Sebastien Pocognoli's corner from eight yards.

But the hosts equalised two minutes from half-time when Marcos Camozzato brought down Jonathan Pitroipa, with referee English Martin Atkinson pointing to the penalty spot.

Mladen Petric slotted the spot-kick past goalkeeper Sinan Bolat and Van Nistelrooy scored the winner just before the interval when he connected with Dennis Aogo's cross.

Unlike in northern Germany, all the goals in the all-Spanish encounter were scored in the second half.

Superb work from Argentine Sergio Aguero allowed his Uruguayan strike partner Forlan to tap into an open goal.

But Fernandes equalised with a powerful 25-yard strike into the bottom corner in the 62nd minute.

Ten minutes later, Lopez's header from Simao's corner gave Atletico the lead once again.

However, Valencia winger Vicente Rodriguez found Villa inside the box, firing a low left-footed strike past David De Gea to set up an enthralling second leg at Madrid's Vincente Calderon stadium next week.



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