Villarreal took on local rivals Valencia in a fiery derby at the Mestalla stadium. It was a cagey start from both sides, with Parejo and Chukwueze firing half-chances over and wide before Kangin Lee had the first shot on target from either side, forcing a save from Sergio Asenjo.
There were plenty of yellow cards dished out in the first half in what was a fairly heated affair, including a booking for Carlos Soler after a heavy foul on former Valencia captain Parejo.
Villarreal unbelievably did not finish after a shot from Paco Alcacer was blocked on the line, with Gerard failing to connect with the rebound. However, Valencia left back Jose Gaya was judged to have handballed in the box in that move by VAR, and Gerard dispatched the resulting penalty for his 15th goal of the season.
Villarreal could have doubled their lead after good work from Chukwueze found Paco in the box, who forced a good save from Cillessen. Villarreal ended the half strongly after a slow start to the game.
Paco Alcacer and Estupinan both made way at half time for Trigueros and Pedraza, in a tactical shift to a 433 formation.
Valencia dominated possession in the second half, but Villarreal could have doubled their lead after a fantastic through ball from Substitute Trigueros found Gerard in the box, who forced a good save from Cillessen.
Cillessen was the hero for Valencia, also making crucial saves from Pedraza and Bacca.
Valencia equalised after Moi Gomez clumsily hacked down Maxi Gomez in the box, and Carlos Soler dispatched the resulting penalty awarded by VAR.
Valencia then took the lead in the 91st minute through Goncalo Guedes, who sent a powerful left footed strike into the top corner after very poor defending from Villarreal.
It was a very disappointing collapse from Emery’s men, who are now winless in 8 La Liga games, with 3 losses in the last 4 matches.