UD Las Palmas beat Villarreal this Saturday (3-0) with a double from Kirian Rodríguez and a goal from debutant central defender Juanma Herzogin a clash with maximum effectiveness for the Gran Canaria team against a blurred rival that aggravates their crisis of results.
Kirian opened the account in the 8th minute, and with the minimal local advantage at half-time, while in the second half Juanma Herzog, heading a corner kickand again Kirian, by completing a counterattack, rounded off the resounding victory for the island team, the largest of the season on their way to permanence.
The Gran Canaria team had a placid start due to the indolence of its rival, who barely put pressure on the owner of the ball. This is how the islanders’ first goal camein the 8th minute, in a combination between Moleiro and Kirian that the yellow captain resolved with a shot from mid-height, without opposition, with eight Villarreal players buried in his area.
Set ‘groguet’ paid for his cold start to the game in the first period in which it went from less to more, with chances to have equalized the score.
Morales shot wide in the 21st minute when he arrived in the area; Parejo hit the crossbar in the 35th minute with a shot of lack; and Gerard Moreno sent out, with little angle and very forced after dribbling past goalkeeper Álvaro Valles in the 38th minute, in the visitors’ best opportunities.
After the break Marcelino García Toral made no changes, and the situation soon worsened again, this time from a set piece: a Sandro Ramírez’s corner from the right was headed into the net by the center back debutant Juanma Herzog, who celebrated her goal through tears.
The entry into the field of the Norwegian Sorloth did not solve the unfortunate game in attack of Villarreal, the team with the most goals in LaLiga EA Sports.
A local counterattack, initiated by Valles with a hand serve, stripped the Castellón team; Marvin Park waited for the arrival of Javi Muñoz to the baseline and his pass behind him was crossed into the net by Kirian Rodríguez to sign his particular double.
The local effectiveness was then maximum: three shots, three goals, and for the first time for those of García Pimienta, more than two in a single game, which paves his way towards mathematical permanence, and definitively closes the wound of his recent setback in the Copa del Rey against Tenerife.
For its part, Villarreal, also eliminated from the cup competition by a team inferior category like the Unionistas de Salamanca, will have to be rowed in a traumatic season, in which in the first game of the second round, they have already conceded more goals than in the entire previous season.