Baena Reaffirms Villarreal

With the occasional scare more than expected, Villarreal remains firm in the Conference League, where it remains leader of its group after adding its second win against a feisty Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Emery’s team was able to get a larger score but the lack of success kept the game open until the end.

to footballers like Morales or Alex Baena This Conference League suits them like a glove, a competition in which they enjoy the prominence that they have more expensive in LaLiga and that they are taking advantage to go making points in the eyes of Emery. The two were protagonists in the action that put Villarreal ahead, along with Morlanes, another of those luxury sidekicks. The midfielder began to opt for a game in which the people from Castellón were not quite comfortable with a great delivery to the area after which Baena sprinted, which fell before Glazer left. The penalty was in charge of transforming Morales, who thus signed his third goal in the competition after the two that paved the way for victory in qualifying against Hajduk Split.

It was practically the first dangerous action for the yellows, who were having trouble getting rid of the sticky pressure of a Hapoel who, aware of the lower level of his players, had no choice but to supply it based on intensity and claw.

The Israeli team posed high pressure from the start to make it difficult for a Villarreal to move, who barely managed to launch any threat on the counterattack. That seemed to be the plan with the approach of an Emery who opted for Yeremy to accompany Morales at the top and placed Baena in that position of false left-winger who usually gets inside to leave the lane to the side, Mojica in this case. A plan that went perfectly in the action of the goal.

The Hapoel, despite everything, continued to his own, trying to make it difficult for the ball to come out and leaning out when he could through the Jorgensen area, although without generating excessive danger. He tried it on a couple of shots from Ansah from the edge but the most dangerous action in the first half came as a result of a bad pass from Mandi. The ball was intercepted by Hélder Lopes, very active down the left wing and sent quickly for Ansah’s shot, which prevented a providential Cuenca.

To start the second half, Emery remodeled his entire right flank sitting Dela and Chukwueze. The one who thanked him the most was Yeremy, who went on to take the place of the Nigerian to leave Jackson on top. The canary, unnoticed until then, began to take center stage with several dangerous actions on that right side, where Jackson also tried, after dribbling his marker, with a shot that Glazer took. The Senegalese had an unbeatable opportunity in a center from Baena that he finished off almost in the mouth of the goal but the ball went high. It didn’t matter too much because by then Baena himself had put Villarreal ahead again after Hapoel’s momentary equalizer. The Israeli team scored when Emery’s men were more comfortable, after a good pass from Safuri that Hemed let pass for Hatuel to finish off the net.

But the joy did not last long for Elyaniv Barda’s teamjust four minutes. babe, protagonist already on the first day with a brace against Lech Poznan, rounded off his good game with the goal that gave the victory to the yellows, in a spectacular volley to the center of Yeremy. Already in injury time, Danjuma reappeared but he did not do it in the best way, throwing a penalty wide after Glazer beat him in a heads up.

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