Villarreal 1 – Athletic 1
With a newer eleven than the match against Bayern, Unai Emery’s team does not go beyond a draw against Marcelino’s team, who advanced through Ral García.
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Villarreal are having a hard time finding the balance they need to survive the two competitions and after their stellar performance against Bayern in the Champions League, they once again offered a gray image in LaLiga. Athletic took advantage of this, scoring their fourth consecutive draw at the Estadio de la Cermica (1–1), although either team could have won three very valuable points in the Race to Europe.
This time the double face of the Castellón team can be explained in the approach of Unai Emery, who took the rotation to the extreme and did not repeat one of the players who made the starting line against Bayern. Villarreal came to the fore with their second unit, something that isn’t too much of a problem in a team with a large wardrobe in which players such as Trigueros, Pedraza, Chuquez, Yeremi or Paco Alcar are now substitutes. Athletic didn’t even need to stop hunting him and take him out of seventh place, having saved the Hondribia coach from everything for Tuesday’s appointment at the Allianz Arena, 1-0 in the first leg against Bayern. The German giants from the Champions League excited to catch up and finish.
After a start with many inaccuracies, Villarreal gradually applied his dominance to Parejo’s work with Trigueros. An opening by a midfielder to include Pedraza produced the guys’ first dangerous arrival from Castellón, but Cordobes looked for an almost no-angle shot instead of looking for a back pass.
Yeremi and Moi Gómez proved solid defense from Bilbao with a secure Unai Simone, the hallmark of Marcelino’s team, as well as the danger they posed on a counterattack. Thus came the first chance at the Castellón goal, with the Lions running and sneaking between the spots left by Emery’s innovative rearguard, with Aurier acting as central defender.
Athletic’s first warning was a header of the scar by Marcos, who focused too much to get Asenzo into trouble. Shortly thereafter, VAR gave Villarreal a good scare by suggesting to the referee that he review a clearance by Aurier with his elbow that Carlos del Cerro did not see as a penalty. The next one was for Williams, who, unlike Munyan, was by definition not very good after receiving deep from Petxroman, who could score half of a Basque goal. Navarresi got to the edge and with a great movement sat down before putting Yeremi and Asenzo on a plate for Ral Garcia. This time the assistant looked back but VAR corrected him.
Villarreal’s reaction was long until Pedraza equalized, which happened when Marcelino’s men worked hard to find second place. A fine combination of yellow attack, Chukuvez, followed by a great backheel pass from Cordobes, ended in a similar action against Bayern as he made second.
Emery’s triple replacement was added to that push, representing a revolution in the attack with Lou Celso, Denjuma and Gerard, who were quick to make themselves known. The Dutchman hit a volley that Unai Simon pulled off reflexes just like the center poisoned by Lou Celso.
Neither team was satisfied with the tie, knowing they could leave sixth place out of their reach, and they looked for the goal to the end, especially an athletic team that saw Asenzo taking three shots in the final push. was forced to. game. Atletico team through Williams and the youngest Munian in Sanset. Point done justice but may be insufficient to reach Europe
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