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

MUNICH, GERMANY (REUTERS) – Underdog Villarreal scored the equalizer in the 88th minute through substitute Samuel Chukwueze to earn a shock 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and advance to the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-on-aggregate victory. -1 over the Germans on Tuesday. (April 12th).

Six-time European champions Bayern, who had won 12 of their previous 13 home games in the competition, leveled the tie when Robert Lewandowski drilled the ball into the post in the 52nd minute with his 13th Liga goal of the season. of Champions.

However, despite controlling the game, they did not score again.

Instead, it was Villarreal, semi-finalists in 2006, who scored against the course of play with Chukwueze beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a left-footed strike to silence the home crowd.

“We feel very happy. Since the draw that paired us with Bayern, we told ourselves that we could do it,” Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno said. “The belief and the way this team competes has helped us get there.”

“In the first leg we made the mistake of not finishing the tie and all the comments serve as motivation. Today they made the mistake of not killing us and we took advantage of that.”

Villarreal will play either Liverpool or Benfica in the quarter-finals, with the English side winning 3-1 after the first leg in Portugal, with the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

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Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann lined up an attacking formation with Jamal Musiala, Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller up front but had only one shot on target in the first half with a weak Musiala header after half an hour.

Villarreal, unchanged from last week’s 1-0 win in Spain, felt comfortable staying behind and efficiently absorbing waves of attacks from Bayern while remaining a threat at half-time.

But Unai Emery’s side seemed unbalanced after the break, racking up errors and losing possession as Bayern instantly increased the pressure.

Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano should have done better when his shot from eight meters went over the crossbar in the 49th minute, but Lewandowski did not miss three minutes later.

Bayern intercepted a sloppy pass from Villarreal and the Pole finished off the quick move with a low shot to the post.

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