Villarreal saved 2,000 kilometers of travel with the difference between Azerbaijan (5,000 km) and Istanbul (3,000) and avoided entering the war zone maintained by Azeris and Armenians. In the neutrality of Istanbul, Emery’s team achieved their first victory of the course away from La Cerámica with a script and a protagonist who points to crack: Yeremi Pino, with just 18 years of age, showed himself to football in Istanbul scoring a goal from a great visual beauty after Qarabag took the lead in the last leg of the match. The young Canarian laid the first stone for the comeback that Alcácer certified with two more goals, the last of them from a penalty. Both players entered the field of play, along with Moi Gómez in the last quarter of an hour. Emery’s bet, despite the scare of the Azeri goal, had the desired effect thanks to the confidence of the youth squad and the solvency in the area of the Valencian striker who adds four goals in Europe in just two moments.
Loyal to their superiority, Villarreal gave Qarabag 45 minutes of grace and enthusiasm. In the second part the scenario was different. Emery’s group contained the Qarabag’s initial push without problems and warned against the exit of a corner with a Bacca header that crossed the goal and crashed into the post. The yellow team found the first chance at a quarter of an hour as a result of an episodic action, the yellow ones folded excessively, with little depth, Kubo disconnected located on the left side, with Bacca isolated on the point, without any vertigo in the deployment. Then, after a new corner kick, a cross from Peña went to the crossbar.
Villarreal neither conceded nor showed that in another set piece, in a foul on the edge of the Azeri area, Trigueros put the performance of Magomedaliyev to the test, the Qarabag goalkeeper who in an acrobatic foreshortening avoided the goal. Those of Azerbaijan were losing voltage while Villarreal timidly cheered up, peeking the break. The Qarabag’s increased possession resulted in nothing. With little intention, the people of Castellón appeared more dangerous.
Emery had to say something in the locker room. With the same players and system, Villarreal was not the same, they returned after the break with another purpose. He took over the ball and gave speed to the game. Chukwueze was able to score assisted by Bacca, avoiding the Magomedaliyev goal in the heads up with the Nigerian. Al Qarabag had to run and retreat. And again Chukwueze was able to score after a center from Kubo, more traveled by the Japanese in the second act without limiting himself to the left flank. And again, Kubo, starting from the right side, drew a pass for the diagonal of Jaume Costa, missing the Valencian a hair to hole into the Azeri goal.
With the scoreboard stuck, Emery, like he did a week ago against Sivasspor, turned to Alcácer, Moi Gómez and Yeremi Pino with a quarter of an hour to go. And in the beginning, the changes had the opposite result as desired. Qarabag scored on his first shot between the three suits. It was the 78th minute. It didn’t matter. Two minutes later, the youthful Yeremi Pino scored a goal in a shot to the squad after feinting his defender and entering the area. A delightful execution of a new Villarreal jewel for Spanish football. And then Alcácer, always Alcácer, signed the comeback that rounded off by materializing a penalty in discount.