In Alcoraz, Huesca and Villarreal showed why they are the kings of the equalizer. Both teams have drawn ten games, half of those played in LaLiga adding the final 0-0, a result that reflected how little happened in the green. There was only one chance for Emery’s men in 93 minutes of play. None had the Huesca. They didn’t even try. Ten ties for two opposite realities. Point to point does not give Huesca to leave the red lantern and glimpse salvation with a single victory under his belt.
“It may not be enough, but you have to value it playing against a team like Villarreal,” agreed Álvaro Fernández, the Huesca goalkeeper, who only had to intervene to stop a free shot from Moi Gómez. Asenjo didn’t even use the gloves. “We have lacked spark, we have lacked ambition. It is a point that knows us little, ”acknowledged the Palencia goalkeeper, angry with what happened, like Emery and Villarreal, whose aspirations to achieve a Champions League place are stopped with so many draws. Bottom line Huesca has stolen four points in his two matches.
The absences of Gerard moreno and Chukwueze, added to the last minute casualties of Foyth and Jaume Cota, the stage and the rival, advised Emery to adapt to the circumstances, changing the tactical drawing with three centrals and the entry of Funes Mori in the defense. Scheme mutation but never to proceed in Villarreal, always with the ball in his possession, the new Huesca de Pacheta protected. The new coach left Mikel Rico and Rafa Mir on the bench, the Huesca team also diminished by not being able to have six of their troops.
Villarreal commanded with more patience than rhythm, waiting to find pass lines and solutions in attack, Huesca conservative without announcing news near the Asenjo area. A context that led to a traffic jam. Nothing happened and, with half-time looming, in an action from another game, Bacca invented a rabona that crashed into Álvaro Fernández’s left post, a plastic gesture by the Colombian that would have been of little use; the play was canceled for offside.
Shortly into the second half, a quick transition from Villarreal ended with a focused shot from Moi Gómez, with all the chances in the world to score, deflecting Álvaro Fernández to a corner. The crash seemed to take another turn, but it was a mirage. Pacheta, with a stroke, withdrew his attacking trio to give entry to Mikel Rico, Sergio Gómez and Rafa Mir. More daring, Emery chose to introduce imbalance with the incorporation of Yeremi Pino, and goal with Paco Alcácer and finally joining Fer Niño. The knot followed. Villarreal looking for loopholes and Huesca without granting them.