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Villarreal beats Panathinaikos 2-1 to advance

Villarreal beats Panathinaikos 2-1 to advance

Ariel Ibagaza scored one goal and set up another Tuesday to lead Villarreal into the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Panathinaikos that gave the Spanish team a 3-2 aggregate victory.
Ibagaza put his team in the lead in the 49th minute, shooting in a cross from Joan Capdevila, and then passed for substitute Joseba Llorente to score Villarreal's second goal in the 70th.
In between, Vangelis Mantzios had equalized for the Greek team by heading in a corner kick from Giorgos Karagounis in the 55th.
Villarreal reached the Champions League semifinals in 2006.