Villarreal, eighth with suspense

The pass of Villarreal to eighth of the Europa League had more suspense than the 0-1 predicted the first leg. A goal by Fornals ten minutes from the end prevented the extension and who knew


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Pablo Fornals celebrates the equalizer against Sporting. Domenech CastellóEFE

A goal by Fornals ten minutes from the end gives the pass to Villarreal after the Sporting equaled the tie at the edge of the break

The pass of Villarreal to eighth of the Europa League had more suspense than the 0-1 predicted the first leg. A goal by Fornals ten minutes from the end prevented the extension and who knows what else after the Sporting of Portugal was with the tied tie thanks to an error of the team of Calleja, which was redone in a good second time and reached a prize that his rival just looked for. [1-1: Narration and statistics]

Villarreal complicated the tie himself, as a result of a mistake of bulk of Funes Mori in the first half added. An imbalance of the Argentine, which closed in the defense of three centers, minutes before and could have cost his team dearly but it was solved by the rapid coverage of Víctor Ruiz. On the other hand, nobody could do anything to correct his bad control in a pass back of Mario. The ball went long and Bruno Fernandes was launched as a beast for him, dodged the desperate entrance of the central and headed only towards the goal to overcome the finalist finishing Andrés Fernández.

The goal came to ruin a neat first part of Villarreal, which kept Sporting at bay at all times in that fateful action on the stroke of the break. With the usual system, the Calleja team took possession of the ball and made slow but steady arrivals, with the verticality of Llambrich and Pedraza in the outer lanes and the interior game of Raba and Fornals, all under the baton of Trigueros.

Shortly before the half hour Gerard managed to score, but was offside when he caught Salin's clearance after a shot by Raba from the front. The French goalkeeper also took a shot from Llambrich that looked for the strain of the post a couple of minutes before the Sporting was with the gift of Funes Mori. The team of Marcel Keizer had not given at any time the feeling of going seriously for the comeback, with anodyne and flat soccer very similar to the one shown in the first leg at the Jose Alvalade. The goal of Bruno Fernandes was, in fact, his first shot on goal.

With the tie matched, Jefferson did a disservice to his team. The Brazilian saw the second yellow soon after starting the second half after leaving the foot on Llambrich. With the Portuguese in numerical inferiority, the party went on to become a yellow monologue. In addition, Calleja began to put on the field men like Ekambi and Cazorla that gave his team a plus in attack.

Sporting, which was reorganized in two lines of four leaving Dost only in tip after the expulsion, played increasingly back and Villarreal arrived without too many problems to the front of the Portuguese area. From there I was moving the ball until I found a hole and nobody like Cazorla for it. The action of the draw started with the Asturian's boots, which enabled Ekambi inside the area. The pass back of the Franco-Cameroonian came to finish only Fornals to beat Salin, whose gloves did not divert the shot enough.

Without the wild card of extra time, the Portuguese team had no choice but to seek the goal of Andrés Fernández, something he had not practically done throughout the game. With more spaces, Villarreal had plenty of opportunities to have a quiet finish but did not know how to make them concrete. Iborra got his shot up after a good pass from Gerard from the back line. The striker, who, in the absence of rediscovering the goal, provided other solutions, put half a goal at Ekambi's feet but Salin reacted in time when the goal was already being scored.

In the last action of the game, Sporting could still have made it into the eighth but Bas Dost could not manage between the three clubs his shot in the far post. Half Portuguese team collapsed on the ground, aware that that was the end of their European adventure.

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REF: https://www.elmundo.es/deportes/futbol/2019/02/21/5c6f0985fdddff44328b45ed.html

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