Villarreal lacked an efficiency point to defeat Granada, who scored an acceptable second half to take a good draw in Robert Moreno’s debut on the Andalusian bench. Granada overcame their doubts in the first half and after defending themselves with order they pressed in the final stretch, when Villarreal was left with one less due to the expulsion of Foyth. Unai Emery’s team continues without winning at home in their league premieres and Granada cannot break the bad streak that haunts them in the Villarreal fiefdom, where they have not won, although it is also true that they have three consecutive draws. There is a world left, without a doubt, but Villarreal could not follow the wake of Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético, Seville and Valencia on the first day, the greats of the competition who debuted with a victory in their first commitments.
The only thing missing was the goal, the main thing, to a Villarreal that was superior to Granada in a very entertaining first half. The Andalusian team faces a difficult year. Diego Martínez’s footprint is deep and the transition entrusted to Robert Moreno will present its difficulties. In his debut on the league bench, the former national coach designed a Granada with more touch and less vertical than his predecessor, but much more vulnerable. After an acceptable start, the Andalusian team was diluted as Villarreal increased its benefits.
Emery’s team can find another in the society formed by his forwards Gerard Moreno and Dia. The fast and powerful French forward is the perfect complement to the quality of the Spanish international, who has taken the lead at Villarreal. The importance of Gerard in the game is absolute. The same thing happens that ends, with a huge degree of involvement. Recently renewed, the striker was a constant nuisance for the Andalusian team.
Granada, who only found a way out at 12 minutes in a good action by Milla in a counterattack with a high shot by Luis Suárez, was surprised by the quality of their rival. Dia was the protagonist of the three clear occasions of his team in the first act. The last two shots of the French forward did not enter the goal of Aarón miraculously. Granada had managed to come to rest alive.
The Andalusian team improved a lot in the extension, especially in defense, since Villarreal could not deploy with the same danger. A much more established team appeared, with more personality, which even created goal options to get closer to victory. The changes also gave him quality and experience with Montoro and Jorge Molina. Jorge Molina himself had it in the 82nd minute and Rulli saved with a good intervention. The red to Foyth in a naive action by the Argentine only one later allowed Granada to face the final stretch of the clash in numerical superiority. And what was found was that Foulquier saved a goal under the sticks after a counterattack culminated by Gerard. Raba’s pass was a delight. The meeting entered a very exciting final stretch, with the two teams determined to seek victory, although without efficiency or quality at the moment of truth to achieve it, which led to the final zero tie.
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