David Moyes's one and only foray into Champions League territory came in August 2005 when, after finishing fourth the previous season, Everton were drawn to face Villarreal in the third-qualifying round and after losing the home tie 2–1, turned up at the ramshackle El Madrigal ground on a perceived hiding to nothing.

They were soon a goal down but Mikel Arteta equalised with 20 minutes to go, Tim Cahill hit the bar with a deflected effort before Duncan Fergusonhad an effort well saved.

From the resulting corner the Scot headed in only for Pierluigi Collina – who had been allowed by Uefa to defer retirement despite reaching the required age – to blow for a pull by Marcus Bent. Replays showed the Everton man was fouled.

With Moyes's men still pushing for a winner to take it into extra time, Diego Forlán scored in injury time to ensure Villarreal's progress. They beat Manchester United and Rangers and were only unseated by Arsenal in the semi-final.

Collina announced his retirement days after the Villarreal match and never returned to the professional game.