Two goals from the Valencian against Sivasspor resolve a game roulette in which Kubo was also the protagonist, with one goal and two assists (5-3)
In the DNI of Paco Alcácer the scorer appears as a trade. Torrent just needed a few moments to solve a problem for Villarreal. The Valencian forward entered the field of play in the 69th minute of the match against Sivasspor and nine later he had already scored two goals to give the Castellón citizens a victory in the return two years later to the Europa League, Emery’s competition. Alcácer entered with a 3-3 on the scoreboard and executed the Turks with two accurate defunctions, to the limit, as the international likes to wait for Luis Enrique’s call. His instinct to define twice before the good rival goalkeeper is difficult to find in football.
In the roulette of goals and emotions, Take Kubo was also a happy protagonist, author of a goal and two assists. All with his sweet left foot. The Japanese validated the management of minutes and efforts of Emery whose team solved their defensive problems with their powerful attack to bend the will of an intense Sivasspor with the knife between his teeth during the entire match that concluded with a goal festival and the first three points for Villarreal in the premiere of the continental competition. As expected, Emery refreshed the eleven with eight changes regarding the formation he had against Valencia, highlighting the presence of Álex Baena, a 19-year-old subsidiary player who accompanied Coquelin, Trigueros and Chukwueze in the center of the field. Rulli in goal and Foyth as center-back made their debut with Villarreal.
He also had his first yellow Take Kubo start. And the Japanese took advantage of it, fortunate to pick up a soft rejection from Samassa, the Sivasspor goalkeeper who had little dexterity to clear Chukwueze’s shot. Without reaching the quarter of an hour, Villarreal already commanded on the scoreboard and in the game against a disgruntled Turkish team whose intensity was diluted by the quality of Emery’s team. Kubo, positioned as second striker, was also the main character later assisting with a subtle pass to Bacca that hit between the three suits. And Rulli, in a great intervention after a chopped header by Yatabaré, proved his worth between the three suits. Little could the Argentine do shortly afterwards against Kayode, who managed to beat him after winning a race against Albiol. Two minutes later, at 35, Bacca was subject to a penalty. The coffee grower took responsibility for the maximum penalty and could not beat Samassa who guessed his intention. The Turkish celebration made sense. Sivasspor were still in the game. And he managed to balance it before the break in another accurate header Yatabaré.
As things got serious, Emery chose to shield the center of the field with the entry after the rest of Iborra by the youthful Baena. Craft, muscle and wingspan to balance the physical might of the Turks. This meant a change of drawing going to have the yellow ones of a 4-3-3 with Kubo and Chukwueze on the flanks. Villarreal recognized itself. And he took advantage again at the exit of a corner thrown by Kubo that headed Foyth, the Argentine international on loan from Tottenham. Little did Emery’s respite last. Sivasspor leveled with a free kick on the edge of the yellow box by Gradel. Emery looked at the bench and envied the entry of Pedraza and Alcácer. And the Torrent striker showed that he breathes for the goal. In five minutes, from 73 to 78, he scored two goals to solve a problem and the match.