Bayern 1-1 Villarreal : Chukwueze breaks Bayern hearts

Bayern 1-1 Villarreal : Chukwueze breaks Bayern hearts
Bayern 1-1 Villarreal : Chukwueze breaks Bayern hearts

Villarreal defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 on aggregate, sending them out of the Champions League. Samuel Chukwueze scored a stunning late winner for Villarreal.

The Nigerian international came off the bench two minutes from time in the second leg at the Allianz Arena to tie the game at 1-1, advancing the Yellow Submarine to their first semi-final since the 2005-06 season.

Early in the second half, Robert Lewandowski equalised with his 13th Champions League goal of the season.

However, there was a dramatic twist: Chukwueze assured that Unai Emery would not be denied a place in the competition’s final eight for the first time in his managerial career.

Bayern, who had lost the first leg in each of their previous five Champions League quarterfinal matches, rapidly regained control as they attempted to overcome the deficit.

The Bundesliga leaders, on the other hand, struggled to break down a well-organized Villarreal side, with Jamal Musiala heading straight at Geronimo Rulli from Leon Goretzka’s cross in the first half.

After the half, Bayern kept up the pressure and were rewarded when Lewandowski found the back of the net in the 52nd minute, blasting a shot off the post after Dani Parejo relinquished possession in a dangerous area.

Thomas Muller missed two good chances to put Julian Nagelsman’s side ahead, firing over from Goretza’s centre and headed a Leroy Sane cross wide.

Bayern were left to lament their missed opportunities in the closing moments, as the Europa League holders launched a spectacular counterattack, with Giovanni Lo Celso pushing the ball through for Gerard Moreno, who squared for Chukwueze to clinically tuck away.