Goals from the visitor Vlahovic 34 seconds into the game and from Parejo midway through the second period led to a draw in a level match that reserves without a clear favorite for the second leg in Turin the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The goals came on two of the few occasions in the game in which the defenses were in evidence, which, in general terms, surpassed the attackers in the match as a whole.
It was a match in which Villarreal was better in the first period, against a conservative rival, while after the restart, Juventus pressed higher, which made it difficult for the Castellón team to attack, although the local team knew how to find an option to level the game.
The game opened with a goal from Vlahovic after a cross shot that gave Rulli no chance and also left the home team stunned, who did not react until more than ten minutes later.
The best local chance of the first period came in minute 13 with a shot by Lo Celso that hit the crossbar and three minutes later a backheel by Danjuma also created danger.
Both actions gave life to the locals who took possession of the ball and were able to play close to the Italian team’s goal, although without creating more danger throughout the first period against a team that was withdrawn and very organized in defence.
For this, Juventus had come out with three central defenders (Danilo, De Ligt and Alex Sandro) with Cuadrado on the right and De Sciglio on the left, with which they wove a very dense network so that Unai Emery’s players could not penetrate towards the Szczesny area.
The visiting team focused on covering any gaps and going on the counterattack as quickly as possible. He succeeded in the first of his two objectives, but not so much in the second, since his arrivals hardly existed.
The first shot of the second half was carried out by Álvaro Morata and gave way to a phase of the game that changed little from that of the first half, after the entry of the experienced Bonucci in the axis of the foreign defense.
The main novelty was that Villarreal did not have as much possession of the ball as in the first period, which meant that the rival was looser and with a little more arrival than in the first half.
What did not change was the inability of both sides to create danger in front of the opposing goal: after an hour of play, scoring chances were conspicuous by their absence, while the dominance of the Spanish team had waned.
Juventus had not had any lapses in defense, when Parejo surprised from behind and scored after receiving a perfect pass from Capoue to establish a tie that apparently until then reflected the equality between both teams, although at that point in the second period, the local computer had already regained ownership of the first.
The balance on the scoreboard gave a new bias to the game as a result of the new regulations on the double value of away goals, since a draw did not give Juventus any more advantage for the second leg than playing at home.
Villareal vs. Juventus, minute by minute
Motivated by his good present in the Spanish league, Villarreal will receive juventusone of the historical in the most important club competition in Europe. Follow minute by minute, statistics, incidents, goals, interviews and results of the match that will be played at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Villareal vs. Juventus: match times and channels
Mexico – 2:00 p.m. – HBO Max
Peru – 3:00 p.m. – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Ecuador – 3:00 p.m. – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Colombia – 3:00 p.m. – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Bolivia – 4:00 pm – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Venezuela – 4:00 pm – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Paraguay – 17:00 – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Chile – 5:00 p.m. – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Argentina – 17:00 – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Uruguay – 5:00 p.m. – ESPN and Star + (Star Plus)
Brazil – 17:00 – Space Brazil and HBO Max
Spain – 9:00 pm – Movistar +
Both teams arrive immersed in the fight to reach the places for the next edition of the Champions League in their respective national championships, in which after a troubled start, they managed to straighten out their irregular start.
Likewise, both Villarreal and Juventus have improved their squads in the winter market, and their game, highlighting the arrival of Argentine midfielder Gio Lo Celso for Villarreal and Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic for the Turin team.
The Spanish team, which is experiencing its sweetest moment of the season, has recovered numerous troops and last Saturday thrashed Granada (1-4) away, with a hat-trick by the Dutchman Arnaut Danjuma, who seems to have achieved the high level of play and goalscorer exhibited before his injury.
In the casualties chapter, the Castellón team still cannot count on the footballers Francis Coquelin, Rubén Peña and Gerard Moreno. In addition, the coach will have to wait until the last moment to find out if they will be able to count on the presence of midfielder Étienne Capoue, who has been out for two weeks due to muscle problems.
The Turin team, for its part, will travel to the clash at the Cerámica stadium depleted by losses in defense and by the great absence of one of its referents in attack, the Argentine Paulo Dybala, in what will be the first time that face the Castellón team.
The men led by the Italian Massimiliano Allegri arrive at the European event with bad feelings after the setback’ of this day in Serie A against Torino (1-1) in the city derby, a result that compromises their fourth position in the table .
The coach will have to rebuild the team to face the ‘Yellow Submarine’, especially in defense, where the Turinese have more problems. Giorgio Chiellini will be out, but the ‘Vecchia Sgnora’ recover Leonardo Bonucci.
What time and how to watch Villarreal vs. Juventus for the Champions League?
The Italian Juventus and the Spanish Villarreal will face each other this Tuesday, February 22 for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. The meeting can be seen through the ESPN and Star + (Star Plus) channels in Latin America, while in Spain it can be followed by the Movistar + signal.
Villareal vs. Juventus: probable alignments
Villarreal: Gerónimo Rulli, Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza, Vicente Iborra, Dani Parejo, Alberto Moreno, Samuel Chukwueze. Giovani Lo Celso and Arnaut Danjuma. DT: Unai Emery.
juventus: Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Denis Zakaria, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Weston McKennie, Álvaro Morata and Dusan Vlahovic. DT: Massimiliano Allegri.
With information from EFE.
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