Valencia vs Villarreal LIVE Football Match Score July 16/7/2021
Valencia take on Villarreal at the Oliva Nova Beach and Golf Resort on Friday in a pre-season friendly fixture. This will be both sides’ first friendly prior to the 2021-22 season. Valencia last played back in May in a 0-0 draw against Huesca. Jose Bordalas will look to get his managerial stint with the club off to a strong start against Villarreal on Friday.
Villarreal will be in high-spirits ahead of the 2021-22 season. Unai Emery’s side will be going into the game off the back of their UEFA Europa League victory against Manchester United back in May. The Yellow Submarine will hope that they can pick up where they left off with a win against Valencia on Friday.
Valencia have a slight advantage based on the recent head-to-head record between the two sides. Los Murcielagos have won three of their last five league meetings, with Villarreal winning two.
Goncalo Guedes has been one of Valencia’s best players in recent weeks and he was involved in both goals on the night, assisting Toni Lato for the first and earning the free-kick for the second. Another noteworthy performance came from Los Che centre-back Mouctar Diakhaby as he was regularly in the right place in the right time, keeping Gerard Moreno quiet for most of the game.
The second leg was predicated by the first, where Valencia won 3-1, as both sides made changes from their regular line-ups, though there were still plenty of good players on show. Villarreal are still battling against relegation, so that is where their focus lies for this final stretch of the season.Valencia opened the scoring in the 13th minute through young left-back Toni Lato, who scored his first ever goal for the club.
Lato drove the ball forward, played a pass into the left channel for Guedes to run onto and the Portuguese simply outmuscled Andrei Florin Ratiu before picking out Lato in the box as he side-footed a volley past Andres Fernandez.It was in the second half where the game was truly put out of Villarreal’s reach, again coming from some good play by Guedes.
The 22-year-old received the ball inside his own half, exhibited his power and dribbling ability by carrying the ball 40 yards forward, evading two oncoming tacklers, before Ramiro Funes Mori fouled him 25 yards out from goal. Dani Parejo took the free-kick and his effort, which was going off target, hit the back of Funes Mori and wrongfooted Fernandez.
Valencia will face Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final, a match that will see the current Arsenal boss return to Mestalla and will likely be full of goals, while Villarreal’s attention will now be on Sunday’s crucial clash at home to Leganes in LaLiga Santander.