A great performance by Gerard Moreno, with three goals, a shot at the posts and a splendid display of good movements and passes, raised Villarreal on a gray Granada , which falls from the fight for Europe via the League with a just and deserved defeat . Villarreal disfigured Granada, which was never able to stop its rival's barrage of play, slow at the start but fast in the final meters. Gerard reached 19 goals in LaLiga and Villarreal, waiting for what Betis does in Elche, fifth place. Great game by Emery's team against an unknown Granada due to its lack of intensity and accuracy. Villarreal was able to achieve a scandal win in Los Cármenes. The Andalusian team will now focus on its historic duel against Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. If you want to have options, you will have to improve a lot. Against Villarreal, Granada was an unrecognizable team . Curiously, when for the first time he had had two weeks to train and recover troops. Nothing came of the Andalusian team, which even wasted a penalty through Jorge Molina with 0-3 on the scoreboard.
It is often indicated that footballers accuse their teams of performance in the respective national teams. It was not the case of Gerard Moreno, who returned from his stay with Spain with a goal against Kosovo and a recovery from his muscular discomfort. The break, therefore, suited the Villarreal striker very well, capable of scoring goals within the reach of very few footballers. The path in a complicated stadium such as Granada's was paved very soon for Emery's team with a penalty by Víctor Díaz converted by Gerard Moreno himself at nine minutes. The best came later, at 18. Manu Trigueros gave the ball to his teammate inside the area and Gerard drew a heel pass that threw Germán to the ground, broken by an action as sublime as it was unexpected. Gerard not only went high, but changed the rhythm and then nibbled the ball in a subtle way before the good start of Rui Silva. A fantastic technical gesture and a great definition gave Villarreal a deserved 0-2.
GranadaRui Silva, Víctor Díaz (Machís, min. 52), Germán (Jesús Vallejo, min. 60), Quini, Domingos Duarte, Yangel Herrera , Puertas, Kenedy, Montoro (Adrián Marín, min. 73), Gonalons (Jorge Molina, min. 61) and Soldado (Fede Vico, min. 73) Villarreal Asenjo, Alfonso Pedraza, Mario, Pau Francisco Torres, Albiol, Trigueros (Alberto Moreno, min. 83), Capoue, Rubén Peña (Samuel Chukwueze, min. 62), Parejo (Coquelin, min. 75), Bacca (Alcácer, min. 62) and Gerard Moreno (Moi Gómez, min. 62) Goals0- 1 min. 8: Gerard Moreno. 0-2 min. 17: Gerard Moreno. 0-3 min. 59: Gerard Moreno. Referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernández Yellow cards Pair (min. 21), Soldado (min. 38), Mario (min. 42) and Quini (min. 45)
Emery surprised Diego Martínez with a 4-4-2 that reinforced the bands with the presence de Peña on the right. Neither team left almost nothing on the bench thinking about the European duels this Thursday in the Europa League. Villarreal was always a little more precise and quick in the final meters. Really, the defining element was Gerard, who destroyed the Andalusians with his goals.
Jorge Molina misses a penalty
The 0-2 at halftime marked a difficult distance for Granada. A difference that became insurmountable after a new delicacy from Gerard Moreno. The forward sent a precise pass to Bacca, who failed to save Rui Silva. The ball was loose and the goal then overwhelmed Trigueros. Gerard, of course, scored the third goal, the second from a penalty in the game. Granada lowered their arms and the two coaches made changes thinking about the two duels against Manchester United and Dinamo Zagreb. Everything went so well for Villarreal that even Jorge Molina missed a penalty in the 81st minute. Emery rewarded Alberto Moreno's great effort by giving him minutes after his serious knee injury. The Sevillian full-back returned to a league match almost eight months later.
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