Villarreal is still subscribed to the tie and added a few more against Athletic Club (1-1) that allows equal the best historical streak of 18 games undefeated but that one more game prevents him from adding three at a time, especially in his fiefdom where he has signed his last three matches with an equalizer.
Asier Garitano’s team offered a much improved image against Villarreal, after a great first half and a second act in which he knew how to contain the offensive avalanche of the home team and in which he had ambition and chances to go for victory in the final stage.
Villarreal went out to the field determined to impose your style, sending and arriving well to the rival area. At 11 minutes of play, the first controversial action of the match arrived after the referee Medié Jiménez whistled a penalty from the visiting goalkeeper Unai Simón to Fer Niño and when Gerard was about to execute it the referee prevented it, he went to consult the VAR and finally decided that there was no maximum penalty.
After a quarter of an hour, the Basque team began to shake the local dominance and Iñaki Williams began to put the Castellón behind in problems with his speed. The ram warned with a crossed shot and in his second opportunity he scored the 0-1, after a great attendance to the space of Yuri.
Athletic, moving the ball well from one side to the other, was organized in defense and looked for quick transitions in attack to put a Villarreal in trouble, who unsuccessfully sought the tying goal before reaching the end of the first half.
The Unai Emery thing they resumed the game determined to change the sign of the game, led by a stellar Gerard who generated all the offensive game of his own. Athletic, more and more sunk in its plot from the field of play before the local push, began to go through serious problems.
Although the Basque team was hardly lavish in attack, it could give a decisive blow to the match in the middle of the second half, after Capa’s recovery in the wide area that enabled Berenguer at the far post, who wasted a very clear chance to score.
The entry of Yeremi Pino further revolutionized Villarreal. The talented youth squad was a constant danger down the left wing since his departure and after a couple of warnings he achieved the tie after a masterful head assist from Manu Trigueros. With a quarter of an hour ahead, anything could happen.
Despite the Villarreal’s offensive inertia, Athletic improved after the goal received and in the final stretch of the matches offered better offensive sensations to the point that it was about to take the lead again on the scoreboard in a bad clearance by Albiol that was about to become an own goal and in the extension in a Morcillo auction.
1. Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Estupiñán, m.82); Foyth (Yeremi Pino, m.66), Parejo, Manu Trigueros; Moi Gómez, Gerard and Fer Niño (Chukwueze, m.82).
1. Athletic Club: Unai Simón, Capa, Yeray, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri, Vencedor, Vesga (Dani García, m.58), De Marco (Lecue, m.84), Muniain (Sancet, m.78), Berenguer (Morcillo, m.84) ) and Iñaki Williams (Raúl García, m.78).
Goals: 0-1, m.19: Iñaki Williams. 1-1, m.74: Yeremi Pino.
Referee: Medie Jiménez (C. Catalán). He admonished Gerard for Villarreal and Berenguer for Athletic.
Incidents: Match corresponding to day 15 of LaLiga Santander played at the La Cerámica stadium behind closed doors.
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