Pure gold (1-0)
Pure gold (1-0)
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Villarreal beat Getafe by a single goal, thanks to academy graduate Yeremy

An extremely important win. Villarreal beat Getafe at the Estadio de la Cerámica in a tight match, which the Yellows edged thanks to a single Yeremy Pino goal (1-0). The win allows the Submarine to end Matchday 34 sixth in the table.

Unai Emery made various changes to his usual line-up. Ramiro Funes Mori, Pervis Estupiñán and Dani Raba all started against the side from Madrid.

The first half was extremely even, which meant there were not many clear goalscoring chances. The game was stop-start with a number of interruptions.

Despite the danger of the away side, the best chances fell to the Yellows. First of all, Samu Chukwueze had a goal disallowed for a clear offside. Paco Alcácer laid off the ball and the Nigerian was clearly beyond the last defender (m.31).

Just before half-time, the Submarine had another chance. This time, it was Étienne Capoue who tried his luck, stroking the ball towards the goal while off balance at the edge of the box. His shot went towards the Getafe goal in slow motion and forced David Soria into a magnificent save at full stretch.

The second half saw the Yellows get a shock. Jaime Mata thought he had scored after a shot by Mauro Arambarri, but the Getafe goal was ruled out for offside.

With an hour on the clock, Emery made three changes with the aim of freshening up the Yellows in attack. Gerard Moreno, Carlos Bacca and Francis Coquelin came on. Not long later, Yeremy also came off the bench. It was the youngster who opened the scoring. Gerard flicked on a long ball, Bacca played a ball in front of Yeremy, and the Yellows No.30 got away from his marked to fire powerfully into the back of the away side’s net with his right foot. A goal that was worth its weight in gold.

The final minutes were not great for Yellows’ fans’ hearts. Getafe pushed forward searching for the equaliser, but the Submarine stayed strong to get three important points.

Next up for Villarreal is Thursday’s second leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London (9pm CEST). Another battle.

Lineups:

Villarreal CF: Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Funes Mori, Pau, Estupiñán; Capoue, Parejo (Coquelin, m. 60); Chukwueze (Yeremy, m. 68), Raba (Gerard, m. 60), Moi Gómez (Baena, m. 92); Paco Alcácer (Bacca, m. 60).

Getafe CF: David Soria; Damián, Djené, Timor, Olivera; Iglesias (Aleñá, m. 68), Arambarri (Take, m. 83), Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata, Ünal (Ángel, m. 76).

Goal: 1-0. Min. 79: Yeremy.

Referee: Estrada Fernández. Booked: Funes Mori (Villarreal CF); Cucurella, Maksimovic (Getafe CF).

Matchday information: Match corresponding to Matchday 34 of the 2020/21 LaLiga season at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

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