Gerard leads Villarreal to La Liga victory

Gerard Moreno of Villarreal challenges Oscar of Getafe during the LaLiga Santander match between Getafe CF and Villarreal CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on April 16, 2022 in Getafe, Spain.


Gerard Moreno scored one goal and set up another before the Villarreal striker was substituted because of injury during his team's 2-1 win at Getafe in La Liga.

Despite struggling with injuries this season, Gerard has been a key player in Villarreal's impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals after ousting Juventus and, this week, Bayern Munich in the knockout rounds.

Gerard gave Villarreal the lead in the seventh minute after he scored from a pass by Paco Alcacer.

Gerard helped to make it 2-0 in the 16th when he stole the ball in midfield to start a counterattack.

The Spain striker, who also set up Samuel Chukwueze's late winner to topple Bayern on Tuesday, again made the key pass by playing Manuel Trigueros clear to beat David Soria.

Unai Emery's side was playing with seven changes to its starting line-up from the game at Bayern.

Gerard had to be substituted in the 61st after he was attended by team doctors. He walked off gingerly.

Enes Unal quickly pulled one back for Getafe three minutes later with his 15th goal, second only to Karim Benzema's league-leading 24.

Villarreal dug in to end Getafe's unbeaten run of 10 consecutive home games, with its previous loss at Alfonso Perez Coliseum in Madrid coming in late October.

Villarreal remained in seventh place, while Getafe slid into 15th.

Valencia lost to Osasuna 2-1 in their second-to-last league game before playing the final of the Copa del Rey.

In other results, Joselu Mato's second-half goal helped Alaves beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 and end a seven-round winless streak for the relegation-threatened hosts.

Alaves rose out of last place at four points from safety.

Elche also routed Mallorca 3-0 for the modest side's biggest win of the season.

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