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Valencia stroll into last four with 2-0 Villarreal win

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Valencia stroll into last four with 2-0 Villarreal win
Soccer Football - Europa League - Quarter Final Second Leg - Valencia v Villarreal - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - April 18, 2019 Valencia's Toni Lato celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Heino Kalis   -   Copyright  HEINO KALIS(Reuters)
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VALENCIA (Reuters) – Valencia eased into the semi-finals 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.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editign by Ken Ferris)

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