Villarreal surprise Bayern to reach Champions League semi-finals

MUNICH (AP) — Villarreal stunned six-time European champions Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 16 years on Tuesday thanks to Samuel Chukwueze’s 88th-minute saver goal. a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 aggregate vi

MUNICH (AP) — Villarreal stunned six-time European champions Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 16 years on Tuesday thanks to Samuel Chukwueze’s 88th-minute saver goal. a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Villarreal’s 1-0 first-leg lead was shattered by Robert Lewandowski seven minutes into the second half, but Chukwueze struck a counterattack within four minutes of coming off the bench to extend the startling run of the Spanish team in the competition.

The whole town of Villarreal – with a population of 50,000 – could fit into Bayern’s 75,000 seater stadium.

And while Bayern lifted the European Cup in 2020, the furthest Villarreal has reached in the competition is the semi-finals in 2006.

But the same determination that saw Villarreal beat Manchester United in the 2021 Europa League final has now seen Unai Emery’s side oust Juventus and Bayern in the Champions League knockout stage.

Edmonton’s Alphonso Davies, a Bayern defender, came on for Lucas Hernandez in the 87th minute, with Chukwueze’s winner coming soon after.

Either Liverpool or Benfica await in the semi-finals, with the English club holding a 3-1 lead over the Portuguese side going into Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.

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Edward K. Thompson