Valencia ended their poor run of seven games without a win against the imposed in Mestalla 2-0 Villarreal with a goal in the final minutes of the first half of Hugo Guillamón and another from Carlos Soler, a penalty, in the second, which they extended the poor dynamics of the castellonense team, which now totals four games without a win, three losses and a tie in extremis last weekend.
Bordalás and Emery tried to surprise the one to the other, the Valencia coach changing his tactical picture with a 4-3-3, while the Basque coach stood Moi Gómez as nine false. But beyond tactical innovations, both teams offered a nondescript first half only perked up in the final stretch.
Valencia, with the slab of seven games without a win behind him, took care and worried about defending and not leaving spaces for Villarreal, which he achieved successfully, since the people of Castellón had possession but could not find a way to put them in trouble to Cillessen.
In contrast, Valencia, sunk in his field, hardly contributed anything offensively. Guedes, as a reference in the point of attack, found no support in the bands of Hélder Costa and André, very focused on increases to cover the sides of the yellow set.
Between yawns and the usual chants against the Valencian president, Anil Murthy, and the maximum shareholder Peter Lim, the minutes passed until at 40, in a corner kick, the full-back Serge Aurier finished almost in the small area, but his shot found a superb stop mirroring Cillessen that prevented the goal.
Almost immediately and after a throw, Guillamón was created from nothing a rush in which he beat with a subtle Vaseline Rulli to overtake Valencia shortly before the end of the first half.
Emery reacted after the break. the experiment of the new false ran and brought boulaye day offensive reference, besides giving an ill-advised rest by Samu Chukwueze Yeremy. His team intensified its domain and more presence in attack, but ran into a very firm in defense Valencia and sought the sentence against an opponent against increasingly open.
Albiol avoided another goal in the home goal with 75 minutes, following a galopada of Guedes, who dodged Rulli on its way out, but his shot as difficult angle, it took the captain of Villarreal. Just a minute after Alberto Moreno made a clear penalty on Foulquier Carlos Soler became the 2-0 that sealed the game.
Villarreal, despite eight minutes of added time could not even heard unsettle Valencia, who regained his best defensive version of this regional duel to return to savor a victory a month and a half later.
– Data sheet:
2. Valencia: Cillessen, Foulquier, Gabriel (Diakhaby, m.72), Alderete, Gayà (Piccini, m.82); Wass, Guillamón, Racic (Carlos Soler, M.53), Helder Costa; Marcos Andre (Thierry Correia, m.72) and Guedes (Hugo Duro, m.82).
Villarreal 0: Rulli, Aurier, Pau, Albiol, Estupiñan (Alberto Moreno, m.71); Even (Chukwueze, m.46), Capua (Trigueros, m.61), Coquelin; Yeremy (Dia, m.46), Moi Danjuma and Gomez (Alcácer, m.71).
goals: 1-0, m.43: Hugo Guillamón. 2-0, m.77: Carlos Soler, a penalty.
Referee: Munuera Montero. She warned by Valencia to Guillamón and Alderete, and Villarreal to Danjuma, Chukwueze and Trigueros.
Incidents: Party for Week 12 match at Mestalla Laliga before some 29,000 spectators. EFE (HN)