Emery’s team thrashed the harmless Israeli team, in a duel delayed one hour due to rain
With a cold drop of ordago as a previous one, Villarreal, with sufficiency and without showing off, thrashed an insubstantial Maccabi taking a walk with an eleven of meritorious ones that surpassed the Israeli team without problems. Bacca led Unai Emery’s team with two goals and a heel assist for Álex Baena, the 19-year-old youth player who made his debut as a scorer in his third first-team match.
For minor championship clubs like Israel, the Europa League is a showcase and they are shown with their best elements on the pitch. And it gives them just enough when they run into important teams like Villarreal de Emery, for whom the league in the second continental competition means having minutes for players with less shooting; also to check the worth of the homegrown players, highlighting this time Álex Baena and joining the final party Fer Niño with a goal just entered the game. Managing efforts, Villarreal, with full victories and 12 goals scored in three games, stands out in the leadership of a group more than affordable for the yellows, who find a victorious test bench in Europe.
A biblical flood on Vila-real, which left 60 liters of water per square meter in just half an hour in the moments leading up to the game, forced the match to be delayed for 70 minutes. Once the clash began, the excellent drainage of the ceramic field allowed the green to be in optimal condition, without presenting any inconvenience for soccer practice despite the persistent but less copious rain.
Already in the match, Villarreal paved the victory from the start. At the fourth minute Parejo, who returned to the team after he had overcome the muscle injury suffered three weeks ago against Valencia, bounced a precise and powerful corner at the head of Bacca, which surprised the defenders. The Colombian is vindicated in Europe, since his participation in LaLiga is residual, in the shadow of Alcácer and Gerard Moreno, both on the bench just in case. In Emery’s eleven, only the essential veterans, Albiol and Iborra, repeated with respect to the duel against Valladolid. Youthful faces such as Álex Baena and Yeremi Pino, as well as Kubo, with the Japanese flying in the Europa League, a prominent protagonist against the Israelis.
Maccabi did not react to the initial goal because Villarreal, dominating the ball and the tempo, prevented it. The awakening of the Israelis turned out to be futile, without intimidating the yellows, relaxed with the advantage and with less tension than required; enough, in any case, to show himself superior to a rival who neither fu nor fa. Maccabi failed to appear in the Rulli area in the entire first half.
Already in the second act, Villarreal decided to sentence the duel soon. An individual action by Kubo, causing two defenders to recoil, ended with an unorthodox header from Bacca. And the ball continued to be for Emery’s men, looking at Hondarribia’s GPS of their footballers to distribute efforts thinking about LaLiga, replacing Parejo and Iborra with half an hour ahead, Moi Gómez entering shortly after due to Jaume Costa’s physical problems and later Gerard Moreno.
Assisted by high heel Bacca, Álex Baena first and Fer Niño finally put the finishing touch to a quiet game for Villarreal, who took a walk against Maccabi.