Villarreal debuted in the Europa League with a defeat at Panathinaikos with goals from Ioannidis and Sporar (2-0)
The Castellón team was incapable of generating danger, neither with the substitutes who started from the start nor with the revulsive ones.
The effect batch‘ diluted. In the second game under the direction of his new coach, the Villarreal lost on the field Panathinaikos (2-0). Harmless, both with the substitutes who started at the start and with the starters who came to the rescue in the second half, the ‘groguets’ succumbed to the effectiveness of the Greek team. of Johnbefore the break, and Tracksin the final stretch, scored the goals for the Greek team.
The afternoon was complicated for the ‘groguet’ team at 38 minutes. Favored by a rebound, Kotsiras took the ball before Capua and leaked a pass for Ioannidiswho subtly chipped the ball to overcome the exit of Reina. An excessive punishment seen in a slow first half with hardly any scoring opportunities.
He Villarreal It had gone from more to less. Despite the nine changes introduced by batchwhich kept Capua y Cage Regarding the eleven that beat Almería on Sunday, the Castellón team had the first clear chance of the match. Morales He led a counterattack from the left profile and when he reached the area he sinned from selfishness, shooting wide instead of assisting two teammates who were already licking their lips at the penalty spot.
The scare hardly bothered the Panathinaikos. The Athenian team arrived at the event boosted by its good start in the Greek championship, where it has won the three games played without conceding a goal, and took advantage of its first shot on goal to open the scoring. A setback that added to the injury of Denis Suárezwho about half an hour left his place on the field to Pino.
If he Villarreal burst in promisingly after the break, the Panathinaikos He responded with the same medicine. The match opened up and, with more space, the Greek team was able to score the second, but they ran into the reflexes of Reina. Dissatisfied with what he saw, batch introduced in one fell swoop Equal, Sorloth y Gerard Moreno about game time. Later it came out Brothers.
However, the change carousel did not have any effect. The Castellón team, unable to impose its game, suffered the final setback in an isolated action. Given the permissiveness of the ‘grogueta’ rearguard, Tracks surpassed Reina with a cross left foot that hit the post. The result could have been even worse, since the former Spanish player Vilhena He missed the third goal because of a pin.