Football: Villarreal stun Bayern with late equaliser to reach Champions League last four

MUNICH, GERMANY (REUTERS) – Underdogs Villarreal scored an 88th minute equaliser by substitute Samuel Chukwueze to snatch a surprising 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and advance to the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 combination win over the Germans on Tuesday (April 12).

Six-time European champions Bayern, who had received 12 of their earlier 13 residence video games within the competitors, levelled the tie when Robert Lewandowski drilled the ball in off the put up after 52 minutes with his thirteenth Champions League aim of the season.

Yet, regardless of controlling the sport, they failed to rating once more.

Instead, it was Villarreal, semi-finalists in 2006, who netted towards the run of play with Chukwueze beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a left-foot effort to silence the house crowd.

“We feel a lot of happiness. Ever since the draw paired us with Bayern, we have been telling ourselves that we could do it,” Villarreal ahead Gerard Moreno mentioned. “The belief and the way this team competes has helped us to achieve it.”

“In the first leg, we made the mistake of not finishing the tie, and all the comments serve as motivation for us. They made the mistake today of not killing us off and we took advantage of that.”

Villarreal will play Liverpool or Benfica within the last four, with the English facet main 3-1 after the primary leg in Portugal, with the return at Anfield on Wednesday.

Attacking formation

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann fielded an attacking formation with Jamal Musiala, Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller up entrance however they’d just one effort on the right track within the first half with Musiala’s weak header on the half hour mark.

Villarreal, unchanged from last week’s 1-0 win in Spain, had been comfy with staying again and effectively absorbing the waves of Bayern assaults whereas remaining a menace on the break.

But Unai Emery’s group appeared out of types after the break, piling up errors and dropping possession as Bayern immediately upped the strain.

Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano ought to have carried out higher when his shot from eight metres flew over the bar within the forty ninth minute however Lewandowski didn’t miss three minutes later.

Bayern intercepted a sloppy Villarreal go and the Pole completed the short transfer with a low drive off the put up.

The Bavarians, who had scored a complete of 20 targets of their earlier four residence video games within the competitors this time period, got here shut to a second aim within the 71st however Mueller’s diving header went large.

It was left to Villarreal, Europa League winners last yr, to punished the hosts with a sucker punch by Nigeria winger Chukwueze, to reach the semis for the primary time in 16 years.

“Looking at just today’s game we should have advanced,” mentioned Bayern’s Mueller. “Accepting today’s result… I don’t really know what to say. Conceding that goal is extremely bitter.”

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