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Villarreal and Rooney give Big Dunc a special send-off
Marcelino’s side were the guests at Goodison for the testimonial of legendary Everton striker Duncan Ferguson.
Villarreal completed their fifth outing of the summer and the final friendly of their mini-tour of the UK with a 2-1 win over Everton. It was always going to be a game in which the result was secondary as the Merseyside club gave former striker Duncan Ferguson a rousing send-off. There was a decent turn-out Goodison as fans showed up for ‘Big Dunc’s testimonial – as did a number of his former team mates, including Wayne Rooney, who was treated to an ovation when he entered the pitch, replacing Tom Cleverley on 74 minutes.
The visitors opened the scoring on 38 minutes; Samu’s corner was flicked on by Léo Baptistão to Gerard Moreno to beat Tim Howard from inside the six yard box. Nahuel doubled the lead for Villarreal on the hour, slotting past the keeper in a one-on-one. Ferguson made his entrance soon after, coming on for the final seven minutes in which Tyias Browning headed Everton back in contention. Despite ending on the losing side, Sunday’s meeting was a much happier experience for Ferguson than his last encounter with the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the 2005 Champions League Third Round when his header from a Mikel Arteta corner was bizarrely ruled out, without explanation by Pierluigi Collina.