Unfair defeat at the Ciutat de Valencia (1-0)

Unfair defeat at the Ciutat de Valencia (1-0)

18 / 03 / 2012

Goal in added on time sees Villarreal go down to Levante


Football continues to be unkind to Villarreal. Just seconds away from earning a precious point from their visit to Levante the Submarine went down after the home side scored the only goal of the game in time added on at the end of 90 minutes.

Jose Molina opted for the attacking option from start with three forwards, namely Nilmar on the right flank, Marco Ruben and Martinuccio on the left.

A tight first half saw neither side have a single strike at goal, save for a couple of free kicks from Marcos Senna hit well off target.

But the game soon came to life in the second period and Marco Ruben was the first to try his luck with a shot from the edge of the area that finished in the gloves of the perfectly positioned Munua in the Levante goal. The home side also had their chance only for referee Clos Gomez to disallow Xavi Torres 70th minute effort for a clear offside.

Villarreal's best chance came in the 82nd minute following a Marcos Senna cross from the right to Nilmar led to a series of rebounds culminating in a shot that looked goal bound only to narrowly miss by the left hand post.

Villarreal also had a goal disallowed with just five minutes left to play when Nilmar tapped into an empty net after he had nipped the ball away from Munua as he was about to kick the ball out. Unfortunately for the visitors the referee saw it as a foul and also worthy of a yellow card for the Brazilian striker.

And the footballing gods continued to punish Villarreal in the closing seconds of the encounter. Xavi Torres was on hand to hit the only goal of the game after Diego Lopez could only parry Ruben Suarez free kick against the post to pit the seal on a miserable afternoon for the Yellows.

Match facts:

Levante: Munua; Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran; Xavi Torres, Iborra (Farinos, min. 71), Valdo, Barkero (Ruben Suarez, min. 67), Guezzal (El Zhar, min. 83); and Kone.

Villarreal: Diego Lopez; Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Joan Oriol; Senna, Bruno, Castellani (Marchena, min. 71); Nilmar (Camunas, min 91, Martinuccio (Hernan Perez, min. 79) and Marco Ruben.

Goal: 1-0, min. 92: Xavi Torres

Referee: Clos Gomez (Aragon Academy). Yellow cards for Levante's Valdo (13'), Javi Venta (44') and Juanfran (84') and for Villarreal's, Zapata (5'), Castellani (45'), Hernan Perez (84') and Nilmar (85'). Red card for Marchena for two yellow cards I minutes 89 and 90.

Stadium: Ciutat de Valencia

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