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After four series of matches, “Czerwony Diabły” were the leader of group F, in which the rivalry is quite fierce. The second-placed team from Spain has the same score in points (7 “points”), and the third Atalanta Bergamo has accumulated five of them so far. Even the closing team of Young Boys Bern (3 points) still has a real chance to fight for the promotion.
United entered the game after a painful league defeat against Watford (1-4), which broke the cup of bitterness and led to a break-up with coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Michael Carrick is temporarily leading the team.
The meeting started seven minutes late after one of the referees had technical problems with connectivity. Already in the 1st minute Ronaldo had a nice spin on the left side of the field, but it did not translate into an attempt to threaten Rullie’s goal. Less than 180 seconds later, the visitors enforced a free kick in front of the Villarreal penalty area. However, McTominay’s shot hit the side net.
In the 5th minute the Spaniards responded with a dangerous shot, and United saved De Gea’s reflexes from losing a goal. After the initial attack of the “Red Devils” the hosts took the floor for good. In the 11th minute Pino hit the side net from an acute angle. Soon after, there was a lot of controversy – the ball hit the hand of one of its players in the English team’s penalty area, and Brych, the leader of the match, soon decided that Villarreal did not deserve a “eleven”.
In the 20th minute Pino played the main role again, after a quick exchange of passes, being in an excellent position to cross. However, he sent the ball very inaccurately. The advantage of the hosts was maintained, and the ball was hosted extremely rarely within their “sixteen”. In the 27th minute De Gea showed a great reflex again, saving his team.
In the 33rd minute we saw the first individual penalty – the yellow card was seen by the most active Pino. Ronaldo enforced a free kick in front of the hosts’ penalty area, but this shot was not the best. In the next action, however, he invited the defensive Villarreal to dance, but Martial, to whom he sent a pass after outmaneuvering his rivals, did not “hit the pace”.
/AFP / AFP JOSE JORDAN / /AFP