Villarreal achieved a double objective this Sunday against Getafe. Those of Emery, immersed in the semifinals of the Europa League, managed to prevail over the azulón team to embrace the sixth place and at the same time, gave rest to some of the most important players after the duel against Arsenal just three days ago in this same Stadium. Yeremi Pino scored the only goal of the match in the final stretch against Getafe who looked for him much more but was not successful.
Villarreal took to the field with their minds still in the second half against Arsenal, in which doubts made them miss the opportunity to have closed the tie. Getafe perceived the uncertainty and launched into pressure, aware that without Gerard Moreno, the yellow submarine does not sail at the same speed. The urgencies were greater on the Bordalás bench, only four points from relegation. The Alicante coach gave orders to his team not to slow down and enthusiastically applauded each dispute won. Parejo, called to be the beacon of the team in the absence of the forward, could barely connect with the people above, isolated by the commitment of the visitors in defense.
Mata was close to opening the scoring as soon as he started, but his shot off the back of Funes Mori went close to the squad. The gangs were owned by Damián and Cucurella, and inside was an Arambarri who tried several times from the front. Moments before the break, David Soria stopped the game after a volley shot by Capoue from the edge that the goalkeeper deflected with a great stretch. It was Emery’s first shot on goal, which got Gerard warming up at half-time.
The Basque coach waited 15 minutes to turn the team upside down with three changes at once, bringing in Bacca, Coquelin and Gerard, by Raba, Parejo and Alcácer. Just before, Mata had scored offside after a bad rejection by Asenjo to a shot from Arambarri. Villarreal won in electricity up front and fortified the midfield with Capoue and Coquelin. Getafe could not maintain the pressure of the first 45 minutes but they did not concede anything back, always attentive to Gerard’s movements.
From a combed by the striker to a long pass from Asenjo, the winning goal was born. The forward won the ball in the center of the field and Bacca, at the first touch, prolonged for the career of Pino, who entered like a bullet. The 18-year-old youth squad beat Olivera’s back and beat David Soria with a good cross shot. Getafe could not answer, frustrated at having failed in a play in which they are usually infallible. Kubo went out to seek revenge against the club that had ignored him for the first half of the season, but his involvement went unnoticed.