Yellow Submarines strike on cusp of half time
Shortly afterwards the Hütteldorfers came within a whisker of going ahead: an excellent low cross from Kainz was whipped into the box with no little power, where it was met on the volley by Philipp Prosenik, who guided his crisp left foot effort just wide of Villarreal keeper Barbosa’s right hand post (28.). Just minutes later a looping cross from Kainz threatened to catch Barbosa out, but the ball just drifted beyond the goal (30.). The reminder of the half was an even affair, with little in the way of clear cut chances, with much of the game taking place in the middle third of the pitch. However, just as it looked like Rapid were going to go back into the dressing room with parity intact, Villarreal landed a sucker punch: a quick attack down the right ended with a low ball being played across the face of the six yard box, where it made its way to the back post and Baptistao, who stooped down before planting an accurate header into the near corner, avoiding the desperate efforts of the scrambling Novota - 0:1 and a hard blow to swallow for Rapid on the stroke of half time (44.).
Fired up Rapid come storming back
A positive Rapid side emerged for the second half and within minutes of the restart they had hauled themselves level: Steffen Hofmann floated a free kick from just outside the left hand side of the box into a melee of players, where, after the Villarreal defence had failed to clear their lines the ball fell to Stefan Schwab who made no mistake, poking the ball home from a couple of yards out - 1:1 (50.). With the Ernst Happel Stadium now rocking Zoran Barisic’s side kept pressing and looking for a second that would turn the game on its head. And just minutes after scoring Rapid found another: a Louis Schaub cross broke loose in the box, and after getting to the ball first Philipp Prosenik was hauled down by Bonera - penalty! With a calm head required Steffen Hofmann stepped up, and without flinching sent the keeper the wrong way, tucking the ball into the bottom right hand corner with an ice cool finish - 2:1 (54.)!