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The European dream

When a child begins to give his first touches in the park he always dreams of being a footballer. And when you imagine yourself wearing shorts in professional football, you dream of playing against the best teams in a European competition.

Well, that dream is already a reality for Villarreal CF midfielder Álex Baena, who made his UEFA Europa League debut against Sivasspor. The 'yellow submarine' beat the Turkish team 5-3 on this first day and opens the tournament with victory.

The 19-year-old talent started the game and played the first 45 minutes of the match. This was his first start, but not his first minutes with the Villarreal CF first team. The Almeria player already had the privilege of playing several minutes in LaLiga and Spanish Cup last year.

There is no doubt that the U-19 international with the Spanish National Team is a Villarreal project and these will not be Alex Baena's first performances in the elite. The future points to be bright.