Guedes puts his hand to his mouth, asking for silence, in celebration of the winning goal. JOSE JORDAN / AF
P Gonçalo Guedes, a free and rebellious spirit, gave Valencia three points with a kick in injury time. Before Carlos Soler had tied a penalty. Until that moment, the eleven of the bat was the victim of its ineffectiveness and of a regulation, which penalizes hands within the area (just this Friday the IFAB qualified some aspects of this regulation), which hurts the referees, the clubs and to the championship, and that the protagonists of the game do not understand. Villarreal , blurred and simple, ran into Cillessen when he approached goal and missed the game when he had it in his pocket.
Since Cheryshev's injury, who has been out of the team for a month, Javi Gracia has a problem in the left. Angry with Guedes 'idiosyncratic attitude in Valdebebas' match against Madrid , he turns to Álex Blanco or Yunus. The first plays natural leg; the second, a cannonball from the right, is obscured in the other profile. Against Villarreal the first returned. The option of Toni Lato, an offensive side, does not contemplate it and on that side Valencia is lame and unbalanced. Guedes entered the game by surprise in the final stretch and, due to that profile, turned the game around.
ValenciaCillessen, Hugo Guillamón, Gabriel Paulista, Gayá, Thierry Correia, Carlos Soler, Wass (Manu Vallejo, min. 79), Uros Racic (Christian Oliva, min. 79), Alex Blanco (Gonçalo Guedes, min. 65), Maxi Gómez (Lato, min. 92) and Lee Kang-In (Gameiro, min. 65) VillarrealAsenjo, Albiol, Juan Foyth, Pervis Estupiñán (Trigueros, min. 45), Pau Francisco Torres, Moi Gómez (Bacca, min. 87), Parejo, Capoue (Jaume Costa, min. 71), Samuel Chukwueze, Gerard Moreno and Alcácer (Alfonso Pedraza, min. 45 ) Goals0-1 min. 39: Gerard Moreno. 1-1 min. 85: Carlos Soler. 2-1 min. 90: Gonçalo Guedes. Referee Xavier Estrada Fernández Yellow cards Uros Racic (min. 13), Carlos Soler (min. 22), Juan Foyth (min. 35), Gayá (min. 38), Capoue (min. 41), Maxi Gómez (min. 66) and Albiol (min. 84)
Javi Gracia stretched its structure to Unai Emery's surprise. Timid and shrunken like a small team since the season started, Valencia showed Villarreal its teeth. He advanced the defense and pushed the ball out with a very dynamic Kang In in the organization and in assuming greater responsibilities in the creation. Gayà, higher than in recent days, was striking from his side. The local team was superior in a flat first half without shots on goal
A center from Estupiñán in his only profitable offensive appearance was headed by Gerard Moreno, and the ball, on its way to the goal, crashed into the right arm of Gayà, who had his back turned to the action, unbalanced and in full swing. Estrada Fernández consulted the action on the VAR screen and whistled a penalty to the amazement of the Valencia captain. Gerard transformed and scored his fifteenth goal in the League. Gayà saw the fifth yellow of the season as minutes before it was received by Racic and Carlos Soler and in the final stage Maxi. All four will be out to play against Levante.
With the score in favor, Emery tried to improve his team after the dressing room. It did not succeed. Pedraza and Trigueros entered and the ball was yellow. Villarreal anesthetized the match to shake it when he wanted, but Valencia, answered, rebelled and held on to their goalkeeper. Cillessen cleared a shot from Gerard with his left hand in a stretched out full of reflexes, just as in the first act he had taken another clear chance with Alcácer's foot.
In Valencia , Maxi, pure desperation, was once again inoperative and fallón. Gayà, without a chain, took another cross from his side and Wass crashed the ball headfirst into the crossbar. Villarreal's response was a shot from Pedraza that, again, Cillessen deflected to a corner. Gracia, desperate, pardoned Guedes and put Gameiro on the field at the same time. That decision was capital. The Portuguese, a free and rebellious spirit, would win the match minutes later.
Before, the tie came. A loose ball without an owner in the area was fought by Maxi, who won the space from Moi Gómez and was knocked down. Carlos Soler tied the game from the penalty spot after another VAR review. In the discount, where Valencia usually squeeze the matches to turn them in their favor, Guedes received, threatened with the right and released a whip with the left to hole out and win the regional derby. From ostracism to glory