Great result for her Villarreal!
The “yellow submarines” found their backs against the wall in Larnaca, where their confrontation with the Maccabi Haifa because of the situation in Israel. Nevertheless, with goals in 82′ and 86′ they managed to turn the situation around, winning 2-1 and getting a crucial result.
Somehow, Villarreal overtook Panathinaikos after its defeat by Rennes with 6 points, while the “greens” remained at 4. On the other hand, Maccabi Haifa remained at 1 point, therefore his team Ivan Jovanovich remained favorite for third place, should he fail to qualify.
The matches of the 4th round in detail:
(9′ Reeder, 65′ Salah, 70′ Blas – 34′ Ioannidis)
Maccabi Haifa-Villarreal 1-2
(30′ Sec – 82′ Mpaena, 86′ Charlotte)
The next matchday:
Maccabi Haifa-Ren (19:45)
The match went on for a long time without anything remarkable, until the home team opened the scoring in the 30th minute. THE Raphaelov committed a foul outside the area making a smart cross and o Abdoulaye Sec thrown into the path of the ball for 1-0.
Villarreal had the opportunity to equalize immediately, as o Brereton Dias won in the 35th penalty shootout. THE Alexander Charlotte defeated by Keuf, but the penalty had to be retaken, with Trigeros not even managing to overcome the barrier of the Israeli goalkeeper! Until half time, there was nothing else, so the score did not change.
In the second part, Villarreal upped the pressure, but the Israelis seemed to hold their lead without being threatened. Pacetta took a risk and put in as many strikers as he has, and he was justified when the “golden change” Baena equalized at 1-1 in the 82nd minute. The “yellow submarines” did not stop there, since 4 minutes later o Alexander Charlotte he put his team in front, as a result of which he also atones for the missed penalty earlier. Haifa had a goal in stoppage time, with the Spaniards taking the win.
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