Austria served as a balm for Villarreal, who found themselves again with a victory that puts them one step away from continuing in the Europa League, beating an innocent Salzburg who had little to do with the fresh and exuberant team that questioned the Atlético his pass to the eighth of the Champions League. With sufficiency and without fanfare, Emery's group solved the appointment thanks to their quality and hit with goals from Alcácer, who missed a penalty with 0-0, and Fer Niño, both assisted by Gerard Moreno.
Villarreal set out to impose its essence from Parejo and Trigueros to denature the dynamism and wild ambition of Salzburg. With possession, Emery's men avoided the offensive adventures of the Austrians, who ran after the ball, circulating it judiciously at the feet of the yellows, who lacked speed in execution and spicy in attack, without connection with Alcácer . The Valencian forward needed to vindicate himself. Kristensen rolled Parejo into the area and Salzburg received a penalty as punishment. The infallible specialist, Gerard Moreno, gave the pitch to Alcácer. And, as it happened against Granada in the League, it failed.
SalzburgCican Stankovic, Oumar Solet, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Ulmer, Albert Vallci, Junuzovic (Antoine Bernede, min. 73), Brenden Aaronson (Karim Adeyemi, min. . 60), Enock Mwepu, Luka Sucic (Noah Okafor, min. 60), Patson Daka and Mergim Berisha Villarreal Rulli, Albiol, Pervis Estupiñán, Rubén Peña (Juan Foyth, min. 45), Pau Francisco Torres, Moi Gómez (Alfonso Pedraza, min. 59), Trigueros, Capoue (Jaume Costa, min. 73), Parejo, Gerard Moreno (Yeremi Pino, min. 83) and Alcácer (Fernando Niño, min. 59) Goals0-1 min. 40: Alcacer. 0-2 min. 70: Fernando Niño. RefereeAndris TreimanisYellow cardsRasmus Nissen Kristensen (min. 27), Oumar Solet (min. 39), Noah Okafor (min. 88), Albiol (min. 89) and Ulmer (min. 94)
Villarreal did not cost dearly the error for the inexperience of Salzburg, who after two losses by Parejo was able to get ahead on the scoreboard, saving Rulli a heads-up with Daka in the second action. Shortly after, looming the break, a free kick by Parejo went to the head of Gerard Moreno, who assisted Alcácer so that the Valencian, also overlooked, sent the ball into the net. A spirited goal for Villarreal, a relief for Alcácer.
In the second half the Austrian team took a step forward against a contemplative Villarreal confident in his superiority and solvency in the outside area, which Salzburg did not find. Yes, Emery's group had it, with a header from Fer Niño.