Cristiano complicates life for Villarreal

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A great David De Gea and an accurate Cristiano Ronaldo they became executioners in The ceramic of a Villarreal who, after dominating a good part of the duel and forgiving his rival, went from more to less before an effective Manchester United (0-2). After having gone unnoticed, Ronaldo appeared in minute 77 to define against Rulli after a great local defensive failure after De Gea had previously supported his team with his saves, especially two outstanding to Manu Trigueros.

Villarreal took possession of the ball early and with long combinations tried to unsettle the defensive system of the British team, which was compromised with a good shot by Moi Gómez from outside the area that forced De Gea to intervene. To the rhythm that marked Dani Parejo, Villarreal controlled a game in which United waited behind in search of some counter or some action from set pieces.

More control than risk

In that situation were the locals, through Yeremi, twice, or Pau Torres the most active in attack against an opponent who did not want possession of the ball, he waited for Villarreal on his own ground and focused his objective on not losing his place on the field. In addition, with Cristiano Ronaldo glued to the band, another of the successes of the team of Unai emery was to prevent the Portuguese player from coming into contact with the ball. Despite the fact that the clash had entered a phase of more control and fewer approaches to the visiting area, De Gea starred in a brilliant action by taking out a great hand against a hard shot by Manu Trigueros.

United’s first dangerous offensive action came about half an hour into the game as a result of an improvement in the game of the team of Michael Carrick that allowed him to reach the Rulli area, although without the Argentine goal having to intervene. Despite the fact that the game was balanced in the last quarter of an hour of the first half, in the final minutes Villarreal once again besieged the goal of the British team, but the lack of success of the locals and the good work of De Gea prevented the marker moved.

Unforgivable mistake

The second part started with a lower rhythm than the first half had. Both teams tried to avoid at all costs a ruling that would condemn them. The figure of United’s Spanish goalkeeper re-emerged to save his team with a prodigious hand against a hard shot by Trigueros at 58 minutes into the game. Villarreal accumulated the best scoring chances, reached the rival area with relative ease, but found themselves with the lack of success in the last meters of their attackers and with an outstanding De Gea. The entrance of Bruno Fernandes in the second half he gave greater mobility to the British team’s midfield and if De Gea had saved his team, it was Rollers, with another providential intervention, the one that prevented the score from unbalancing before a great opportunity from Sancho.

United arrived more physically into the final stretch of the game, which led to the roles being reversed. Carrick’s team came to dominate and hovered around the rival goal, while Villarreal waited. The changes in the ranks of the English team did a lot of damage to Emery’s team. A defensive blunder by Villarreal led to a goal for Manchester United. A play between Rollers and Capua, who did not control well and lost the ball, was used by Cristiano Ronaldo, who had not appeared until then, to score in the 77th minute.

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Villarreal was on the ropes against United, who accumulated chances to score the second through Christian, Rashford and Sancho, who finally hit two minutes before reaching 90 to sentence the clash with the second goal.


Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñán (Raba, m.78), Capoue, Parejo, Trigueros (Alberto Moreno, m.73), Moi Gómez (Dia, m.84), Danjuma and Yeremy Pino (Chukwueze, m.73).

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Telles, Maguire Lindelof, Fred, McTominay, Van de Beek (Bruno Fernandes, m.66), Martial (Rashford, m.66), Sancho (Mata, m.92) y Cristiano Ronaldo (Matic, m.90).

Goals: 0-1, m.77: Cristiano Ronaldo. 0-2, m.88: Sancho.

Referee: Felix Brych (ALE). He showed a yellow card to Yeremy Pino, for Villarreal, and Van de Beek for Manchester United.

Incidents: match of the fifth day of Group F of the Champions League played at the Estadio de La Cerámica before 22,500 spectators. The match started eight minutes late due to problems in the refereeing team’s communication systems.

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