Villarreal beat Bayern Munich to enter into Champions League semi-finals

By Piyush

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Villarreal scored an 88th minute to grab a stunning 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and steps into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over the Germans on Tuesday.

 

Six-time European champions Bayern, who had triumphed 12 of their last 13 home games in the tournament, levelled the tie when Robert Lewandowski hit the ball in off the post following 52 minutes with his 13th Champions League goal of the season.

However, they flunked to find the goal again in spite tough game in the second half and plethora of missed chances.

Villarreal will play Liverpool or Benfica in the last four, with the English team dominating 3-1 after the first leg.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann formed an extraordinary attacking formation with Jamal Musiala, Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller up front but they had only one attempmt on target in the first half with Musiala’s not so effective header on the half hour mark.

Villarreal, unaffected from last week’s 1-0 victory in Spain, were at ease with staying back and efficiently handling the Bayern attacks.

The Bavarians, who had scored a total of 20 goals in their last four home matches in the competition this season, came close to a second goal in the 71st however Mueller’s diving header went wide.

 

It was left to Villarreal, Europa League winners last year, to punish the Bayern through Nigeria winger Chukwueze, to reach the semis for the first time in 16 years.

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