Villarreal was entrusted to Gerard Moreno and the Catalan responded by scoring the winning goal against Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals (0-1). The ‘yellow submarine’ took a great result from Croatia thanks to a great collective game and the cold blood of the Spanish international, whose pulse did not tremble when scoring a penalty that points the way to the semifinals at Unai Emery’s outfit.
Villarreal had been warned after Dinamo’s feat in the second round. The Croatian team managed to turn the tie against Tottenham and came back from 2-0 in the first leg to eliminate Mourinho’s team.
Aware of the capacity of his opponent, the ‘submarine’ jumped onto the grass of the Maksimir in Zagreb concentrated and with very clear ideas: control of the ball and aggressiveness when pressing.
The plan went as expected and Emery’s team knew how to keep a Dinamo at bay, when when it was most alive it ran into a penalty against the hands of Théophile-Catherine inside the area.
Gerard took responsibility and cold-bloodedly beat Livakovic by shooting down the middle.
The 0-1 gave Villarreal even more confidence, who knew how to hold up well at the beginning of the second half to a more incisive Dinamo. Rulli also appeared to ‘dry up’ the Croatian side, especially deflecting a dangerous shot from Gvardiol.
Without risking more than the account, the ‘submarine’ tried to increase its income, but the final 0-1 is a great booty for the return to La Cerámica.