He Villarreal resolved with a comeback the doubts that he showed in some phases of the match against Eibar, a team that the fluidity of certain moments of the crash did not give it to score in La Cerámica (2-1).
After the 0-0 of the first period, Kike overtook Eibar at the beginning of the second half, but the local forwards Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcácer turned the score around before half an hour of the second half.
Despite this, it was a level match and, although played at a good pace, both teams made it clear that they need to improve, in the case of Villarreal in the adaptation of the midfielders Coquelin and Parejo.
Although the initiative in the initial section was carried out by the local team, Eibar, with high pressure, did not have excessive problems to neutralize the attacks of their rival.
A goal disallowed by Gerard Moreno for offside Ten minutes into the game, he became Villarreal’s clearest option in the first period.
Eibar made Unai Emery’s team frequently fall offside and took advantage of the recovery of balls in the attacks by La Cerámica to attack both on the counterattack and in lateral centers.
Inui had a clear option to counter and Exposito, in a placed shot, but Sergio Asenjo, in his only two interventions in the first period, was very successful.
As the first half progressed, Eibar became more comfortable, while Villarreal struggled to maintain the image of the first minutes, as their initial dominance had waned.
Despite the goalless halftime, both teams had had goal options before the halfway point of the match.
A steal of the ball early in the second half allowed the ball will reach Kike García, who, after dribbling Asenjo, put the 0-1 on the scoreboard, This ratified the improvement that the Basque team was already showing at the end of the first period.
Eibar grew in confidence, but a header from Gerard Moreno forced Dmitrovic to make a great save in a phase of play in which the opportunity for the locals was an isolated circumstance.
The game became one of alternatives, with counterattacks from Eibar and arrivals from Villarreal in the context of a very dynamic football and in which a great individual action by Gerard Moreno put, with a shot crossed with the right, the 1-1 on the scoreboard.
Subsequently and without the game having changed, a penetration by Pac Alcácer meant 2-1 on the scoreboard after an action initially canceled for offside, but which the VAR reviewed to concede the goal.
From that moment on, Villarreal knew how to neutralize the offensive attempts of Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team with the entry of skilled footballers to control the ball.
– Data sheet:
2 – Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Albiol (Chakla, m.77), Pau Torres, Pedraza (Estupiñán, m.57), Chukwueze (Manu Trigueros, m.83), Coquelin (Iborra, m.57), Parejo, Moi Gómez, Paco Alcácer (Kubo, m.83) and Gerard Moreno.
1 – Eibar: Dmitrovic, Rober Correa, Paulo Oliveira, Bigas, Rafa Soares (Kevin Rodrigues, m.82), Recio (Kadzior, m.82), Sergio Álvarez (Quique González, m.89), Exposito, Pedro León ( Atienza, m.69), Kike García (Sergi Enrich, m.83) and Inui.
Goals: 0-1, m.50: Kike García. 1-1, m.63: Gerard Moreno. 2-1, m.72: Paco Alcácer.
Referee: Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian committee). He admonished Coquelin for Villarreal and Recio for Eibar
Incidents: match played behind closed doors at La Cerámica