Gerard Moreno, with a goal and an assist, channeled the triumph of Villarreal before him Cádiz (2-1) in a local dominated game in which the Cádiz team only pressed after having shortened distances on the scoreboard midway through the second half.
Villarreal won again at home after not doing it since January 2 and saw how Gerard Moreno ended the match injured, which may make it difficult for him to join this Monday to the Spanish team.
The match started with a Jonsson’s hand in the area that, with the current criteria in this regard, it was reviewed at the request of the VAR and the referee signaled a penalty. Gerard Moreno opened the scoring. The next notable play of the match also had Jonsson as the protagonist, as he was a good goal disallowed after a clear offside of Sobrino.
After the goal, it was Villarreal who controlled the game, with a constant presence in the vicinity of the Cádiz area and good penetrations by both bands, which were not accompanied by clear scoring opportunities. Opposite, Álvaro Cervera’s team tried to exploit the arrived at the backlash, but these were few and not very dangerous, since the Villarreal defenders anticipate almost every occasion the few attackers of the Cadiz team who were approaching the goal of Sergio Asenjo.
Villarreal dominated the match, his was the ball in the center of the field, and also penetrated individual actions on both bands thanks to Estupiñán on the left and. above all, to Chukwueze on the right. Only a shot by Bacca shortly before the break can be considered a goal option in the first half of a clash that came to half-time with a Villarreal focused on controlling the game and not rushing before an orderly Cádiz, which prevented the team from playing. of Unai Emery, but that hardly arrived in attack.
The second half began with a goal disallowed by Bacca for a tight offside and with the same game dynamics, since Villarreal kneaded the ball in the medullary without trying to be offensive based on long circulations, but Cádiz, although it did not break down, did not press hard enough to be the protagonist.
Ledesma and the post, after a header from Bacca (m.53), prevented the second local goal in an isolated action, but it reflected the situation of a match in which, without shining, Villarreal was superior without needing to put another march to the game to be ever closer to the goal of Cádiz in a phase of the game in which this team did not disturb Sergio Asenjo.
The 2-0 was seen coming and came in the 67th minute after a pass from Foyth to Gerard Moreno, who gave Carlos Bacca to an empty goal, although only two minutes later, after a good shot from Fali, Álex Fernández took advantage of the rejection from the goalkeeper to put the 2-1 on the scoreboard, which put Cádiz in a game that seemed to have come out two minutes earlier.
The goal made the Cádiz of 2-1 show a different image from the 1-0, especially after the entry into the field of Perea, and forced Villarreal to take precautions against a rival who believed in their possibilities in a way very different from that shown until then, but could not equalize the match.
2- Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Albiol, Funes Mori, Estupiñán, Foyth, Parejo, Trigueros (Moi Gómez, m.74), Chukwueze (Yeremi, m.81), Gerard Moreno (Pedraza, m.90) and Bacca (Paco Alcácer , m.73).
1- Cádiz: Ledesma, Iza, Cala, Fali, Espino (Jairo, m.75), Álex Fernández, Jonsson (Perea, m.63), José Mari (Malbasic, m.86), Salvi Sánchez (Iván Alejo, m.75) , Negredo and Sobrino (Pombo, m.86).
Goals: 1-0, m.5: Gerard Moreno, from a penalty. 2-0, m.67: Bacca. 2-1, m.69: Álex Fernández
Referee: Soto Grado (La Rioja committee). He admonished Foyth, Albiol and Trigueros for Villarreal and Jonsson, Fali and Cala for Cádiz. He showed a direct red to the Villarreal delegate once the match was over.
Incidents: match of the 28th day of the League played at La Cerámica without an audience.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.