Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla breaks down in tears after missing late penalty as his side lose against Real Betis and slip into La Liga relegation zone
- Villarreal were defeated 2-1 by Real Betis in a crunch match in La Liga on Sunday
- Santi Cazorla missed an 89th minute penalty, which would have earned a draw
- Villarreal sit 18th in La Liga with just seven matches of the season remaining
- A draw would have moved The Yellow Submarine out of the relegation zone
Santi Cazorla was left inconsolable on Sunday night after missing a penalty that would have lifted Villarreal out of the La Liga relegation zone.
Villarreal were narrowly defeated 2-1 away by Real Betis, leaving them 18th in the table with just seven vital matches remaining.
However, the visitors had a chance to grab a last-gasp equaliser in the 89th minute from the penalty spot, with Cazorla the man to step up.
Santi Cazorla broke down in tears after missing a last-gasp penalty for Villarreal on Sunday
Cazorla was consoled following the final whistle after failing to secure a 2-2 draw vs Real Betis
But the former Arsenal man – the boyhood Villarreal star – agonisingly saw his spot-kick saved, hitting his penalty straight down the throat of Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez.
A draw would have taken Villarreal up to 17th place, one point above relegation rivals Valladolid. But instead, they slipped back into the relegation zone at a crunch point in what has been a vert tough season.
And following the match, Cazorla was heartbreakingly left in floods of tears inside the stadium as one of Villarreal’s management staff tried to console the playmaker.
The former Arsenal man was filmed crying in the corner inside the stadium after the game
Cazorla uses his phone while crying following the agonising penalty miss right at the death
The 34-year-old, who has made a remarkable comeback from an Achilles injury after 668 days out which nearly saw him lose his leg, will be determined to reverse his fortunes when The Yellow Submarine step onto the pitch next.
Villarreal take on Valencia in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, with the winner over the two legs set to face either Arsenal – Cazorla’s former club – or Napoli in the last-four.
After that, Villarreal face Girona away with three points a necessity against a team not out of the relegation battle just yet.
Cazorla and his Villarreal team-mates have endured a tough season in La Liga so far
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