A week ago, in Salzburg , he was an assistant twice. In La Cerámica the goals were for him. Gerard Moreno was the soul, the beacon and the finisher of Villarreal , who made it to the second round after 0-2 in the first leg. Gerard Moreno scored both goals, the second from a penalty at the end, and broke his head – he ended up with a spectacular bandage – for the yellows to certify a pass that was questioned from minute one by a feverish and proud Salzburg. The Austrian team, with nothing to lose, was brave from the start against Villarreal who did not know how to anesthetize the shock in the first minutes before the intensity of Salzburg.
The faith of the Austrians contrasted with the parsimony of Villarreal, reiterative Rulli risking in the exit of the ball, combining with their defenses despite the advanced pressure of the visitors. American Marsch's team found revenue for their bravery after a robbery by Daka that intercepted the loose pass from the Argentine goalkeeper to Pau Torres. The Zambian striker gave the ball to Berisha for the German to score at will.
VillarrealRulli, Pervis Estupiñán, Jaume Costa (Juan Foyth, min. 81), Pau Francisco Torres, Albiol, Capoue, Trigueros, Parejo (Alejandro Rodriguez Baena, min. 89), Alfonso Pedraza (Moi Gómez, min. 65), Gerard Moreno (Fernando Niño, min. 89) and Alcácer (Samuel Chukwueze, min. 65) Salzburg Cican Stankovic, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen (Oumar Solet, min. 91), Ulmer, Albert Vallci (Wöber, min. 45), A. Ramalho, Enock Mwepu, Antoine Bernede (Karim Adeyemi, min. 59), Brenden Aaronson (Luka Sucic, min. 59), Junuzovic, Mergim Berisha and Patson Daka (Antonin Svoboda, min. 91) Goals0-1 min. 16: Mergim Berisha. 1-1 min. 39: Gerard Moreno. 2-1 min. 88: Gerard Moreno. Referee Felix Zwayer Yellow cards Albert Vallci (min. 19), Enock Mwepu (min. 52), Patson Daka (min. 54), Jaume Costa (min. 68) and Karim Adeyemi (min. 79)
Salzburg neither conformed nor speculated. And in a later action, Daka won the back to the centrals missing a centimeter for his shot to finish in the net. Emery's were still asleep. The ball and the intention belonged to Salzburg, also superior in physique, winners in individual disputes.
Half an hour cost Villarreal to calm down, rest with the ball and chain three passes. Salzburg could not keep up with the frenetic pace they have imposed so far and took a breather, which favored the appearance of the yellow thinkers. Trigueros dodged two midfielders who were on top of him to filter a pass to Alcácer, who saw Gerard Moreno arrive unmarked on his right. The Catalan forward did the rest, avoiding the defender who went to court and the goalkeeper with a feint that made them crash. With his left foot, Gerard pushed for goal. A balsamic draw to reach the break.
A hand by Capoue after a rebound of his own was declared a penalty that the VAR was in charge of rectifying. By then Emery's men had already managed to leave the Austrian beast without energy and arguments to reverse the result and the tie, resolved for Villarreal with victory thanks to a final penalty to Gerard Moreno who became the great protagonist of the afternoon. : Elpais