Valencia Beat Local Rivals Villarreal

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 27, 2019 10:49


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Valencia Beat Local Rivals Villarreal

By Satish Sekar at Valencia’s Mestalla © Satish Sekar (January 26th 2019)


Marcelino García Toral, a former attacking midfielder, made his name as a coach with the Yellow Submarines (Villarreal). Tonight, he masterminded a convincing win over his former employers with a convincing 3-0 win at Mestalla tonight.

“Tonight, I wasn’t thinking about Villarreal,” he said.

“I am Valencia now, but I hope that they get out of their current position.

Villarreal and their supporters always treated me well.”

Marcelino worked hard for the three points – his loyalty and job is with Valencia, so he banished all thoughts of Villarreal until after the 90 minutes.

He has cause to be aggrieved about the way it ended at El Madrigal, and take satisfaction at beating Villarreal – he was controversially sacked in August 2016 after a successful season – but he clearly has a classy soft spot for the Yellow Submarines


After a VAR delay Mouctar Diakhaby’s header stood – the winner for Valencia against Villarreal. 5 minutes after the break, Russian forward Denis Cheryshev made it 2-0, before Rodrigo Moreno Machado sealed the points with a third, 4 minutes from the end of normal time.

Valencia were worthy winners. Skipper, Dani Parejo Muñoz, pulled the strings in the first half by not only drifting the 3rd minute freekick in for Diakhaby to score, but thudding a long-range effort against the bar as the half ended. It took half of the first half for Villarreal to test Neto in Valencia’s goal – a Santi Cazorla freekick which the Brasilian tipped over.

VAR – the Decider

Villarreal were never in the match after VAR intervened in the first 5 minutes. Parejo’s freekick appeared to catch a couple of Valencia players marginally off-side – assistant referee, Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez flagged it and the goal was chalked off, but there was one crucial exception. The goal-scorer, French-born defender, Mouctar Diakhaby, was onside.

It took VAR operator Guillermo Cuadra Fernández, assisted by Iker de Francisco Grijalba, the best part of three minutes – the match had not been going that long – to resolve it. Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande’s initial decision to disallow the Guinean origins defender’s goal was over-ruled. Villarreal never recovered.


Victor Ruiz Torre escaped a card when he fouled Santi Mina Lorenzo, but was amply punished by Parejo and Diakhaby. Former Arsenal defender Francis Coquelin won applause for an exhibition of ball juggling to turn defence into attack before he was clattered by Pablo Fornals Mallo contesting a header in his own penalty area.

Just before scoring Cheryshev almost assisted Mina with a cross from the left flank. Mina’s flick shot hit the post with Sergio Assenjo Andrés well beaten. The ball rebounded, eventually finding its way to Parejo, who slotted it through to Cheryshev who slotted it past Assenjo to the keeper’s right.

Former Arsenal stalwart, Santi Cazorla was replaced after almost an hour. Almost his last touch was a freekick from the right to the far post, but Álvaro González Soberón’s header was very tame and straight at Neto – he had to do better.

Ten minutes later substitute Carlos Bacca thought he had been impeded as he shaped to shoot, but del Cerro Grande did not penalise the defender. – it was Villarreal’s last chance worthy of the name.

With less than five minutes of normal remaining substitute Ferran Torres García crossed from the right flank for Rodrigo to head in at the far post, taking Valencia to 7th place in the table, while Villarreal languish in 19th – only SD Huesca are below.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 27, 2019 10:49