Bayern Munich 1-1 Villarreal (1-2 ag): Spanish side stun Bayern with late Chukwueze winner

Villarreal managed two shots on target on both legs and scored two goals
Villarreal managed two shots on target on both legs and scored two goals

Samuel Chukwueze scored a late winner in the draw as Villarreal stunned Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 16 years.

Unai Emery orchestrated a 1-0 first-leg win in Spain but a dominant Bayern looked seemingly in control once Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute at the Allianz Arena.

But, with only his side’s second shot on target on either leg, Chukwueze equalized at the break in the 88th minute to give Villarreal the aggregate lead – and earn them a historic win against the six-time European champions .

They will face Liverpool’s winner against Benfica in the last four, a match where Jurgen Klopp’s side currently lead 3-1 on aggregate.

Clinical Yellow Submarine Masterclass

Capua
Etienne Capoue was among a number of former Premier League players to play for Villarreal

Former Arsenal boss Emery has a pedigree in European football, winning the Europa League twice with Sevilla as well as with Villarreal last season.

His side had already knocked out Juventus in the Champions League this time around, but few gave the Yellow Submarine a chance against a Bayern side who are nine points clear in the Bundesliga and are chasing a 10th consecutive title.

Villarreal, meanwhile, sit seventh in La Liga, but Emery shaped them to thrive under the lights of Europe’s big nights, staging another defensive masterclass and ruthlessly sending Bayern to the break.

Julian Nagelsmann sent in an ultra-attacking formation and what followed was a pressure bombardment from the home side, but without creating clear-cut chances in the first half.

Flying wingers Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman contributed to Bayern’s 18 crosses before the break, but that approach became predictable and Jamal Musiala’s tame header was straight at goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

However, Villarreal were not happy to stay ahead, with Gerard Moreno proving a threat to the visitors at either end of the half, while the first leg winner Arnaut Danjuma fired wide.

Bayern’s first chance after the interval fell on Dayot Upamecano, who flicked a side-foot over the crossbar of Sane’s cutback, before Lewandowski took it upon himself to bring Bayern level.

The 33-year-old, booked for a foul on Raul Albiol and perhaps lucky to avoid a second caution for catching the defender moments later, pivoted smartly from Thomas Muller’s pass and pressed a feeble effort into the corner of the post.

It was his 13th Champions League goal of the season and Villarreal became the 30th team Lewandowski has scored against in the competition, with only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Raul against as many.

Muller then headed in and with every chance Bayern missed – and 45 shots put together on both legs – Villarreal grew more confident they could snatch a goal on the break.

With two minutes of normal time left, they did it clinically.

Dani Parejo showed composure to start a move that was worked quickly and superbly on the pitch for Moreno to cross for Nigeria international Chukwueze to finish at the far post, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute. substitute.

“In the first leg we made the mistake of not finishing the draw and all the comments keep us going,” said Moreno, after Villarreal reached the semi-finals for the first time since losing to Arsenal in the second leg. the 2005-06 campaign. .

“They made the mistake today of not killing us and we took advantage of it. What this team did is great, we deserved to go through. We knew we were going to suffer in defense but we were going to have our chances and, in the end, Chukwueze was able to make the most of it.”

Villarreal reached the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2005-06, when they lost to Arsenal
Villarreal reached the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2005-06, when they lost to Arsenal

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Bayern Munich

Training 3-2-4-1

  • 1News
  • 21HernandezReplaced byDaviesto 87′minutes
  • 5Surname
  • 2Upamecano
  • 8Goretzka
  • 6Kimmich
  • 42She had toReplaced byGnabryto 82′minutes
  • 25MullerReplaced byChoupo-Motingto 90′minutes
  • 9LewandowskiBooked at 33 mins
  • 11coman
  • tenHealthy

Substitutes

  • 3richard
  • 7Gnabry
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 14want
  • 18Sabitzer
  • 19Davies
  • 22Roca
  • 23Nianzou
  • 26Ulrich
  • 38Vidovic
  • 40tillman
  • 44Stanisic

Villarreal

Training 4-4-2

  • 13Roller skates
  • 8FoythBooked at 59 mins
  • 3Albiol
  • 4Torres
  • 12Estupinan
  • 17Lo CelsoBooked at 90 minutes
  • 6Capua
  • 5EqualReplaced byAurierto 90+3′minutes
  • 19CoquelinReplaced byChukwuezeto 84′minutes
  • 7Moreno
  • 15DanjumaReplaced byPedrazato 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1asenjo
  • 2Perez Martinez
  • 9Fortress
  • tenIborra
  • 11Chukwueze
  • 14Trigueros Munoz
  • 20Pena
  • 21pino
  • 22Bath
  • 23Gomez Bardonado
  • 24Pedraza
  • 25Aurier

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