Late Chukwueze strike stuns the German giants and sends Unai Emery’s men through to the semis

UNAI EMERY produced another European masterclass in Villarreal to stun FC Bayern Munich on their own patch.

The six-time European champions previously struggled to break the resilient guests Robert Lewandowski equalized the tie in the 52nd minute.

Bayern were caught on the counterattack


Bayern were caught on the counterattackCredit: EPA
Chukwueze scored with three minutes remaining


Chukwueze scored with three minutes remainingCredit: REUTERS
Emery's side advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League


Emery’s side advance to the semi-finals of the Champions LeaguePhoto credit: AFP
Lewandowski equalized Bayern


Lewandowski equalized BayernCredit: REUTERS
The Polish international remained without a goal in the first leg


The Polish international remained without a goal in the first legPhoto credit: AFP

Bavaria The favorites were then looking for a winner before substitute Samuel Chukwueze struck on the break in the 88th minute.

villa real – last years Europa League winners and currently seventh in La Liga – face Liverpool or Benfica in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2006.

and emery – who last time out celebrated an impressive 4-1 Round of 16 win over Juventus – will lead a side in the last four of elite European competition for the first time.

Bayern – who have reached the semi-finals eight times in the last decade – have suffered arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats in their illustrious history.

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Unsurprisingly, Emery retained the same team that shocked the German giants a week earlier, including goalscorer Arnaut Danjuma.

But after 22 shots in the first leg with the first shot on goal on the hour, Nagelsmann switched to a back three this time.

Teen sensation Jamal Musiala started with Lewandowski and Thomas Muller at the helm, while Serge Gnabry and Alphonso Davies fell on the bench.

Nagelsmann’s move came in anticipation of a deep, defensive blockade by the Yellow Submarine. As a German newspaper headline put it: “The submarine becomes the bus”.


While Villarreal were tough to beat in the first half, they by no means parked the bus as Emery’s men countered with a 4-2-2-2 formation.

Bayern’s frustration was evident early on when their only half-time shot came straight to Geronimo Rulli in the 29th minute, through a Musiala header.

Lewandowski was barely in the game and almost let his temper get the better of him after two altercations with Raul Albiol that earned him a yellow card.

Emery’s game plan worked and they almost ended the half with another goal as Danjuma stirred up his lines 1v1 with Manuel Neuer before being recalled for offside.

And despite all the good work, the visitors conceded Bayern their goal seven minutes into the second half and it was the competition’s top scorer who squandered the chance.

Villarreal scored with his only shot on goal
Villarreal scored with his only shot on goal

Shortly before, Dayot Upamecano had created a great opportunity on skis after a retreat from Leroy Sane.

But then Dani Parejo stuttered the ball outside his box, allowing Lewandowski to find an angle and fire a low shot at Rulli’s left post.

His 13th goal in 10 European games this season and his 86th in 106 Champions League games.

That goal really drained Emery’s workhorses and the rest of the half became defense against attack as Bayern pushed to complete the comeback.

Bayern should have done that in the 70th minute when Müller somehow twisted a free header from a superb Sane cross.

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Nagelsmann brought on Gnabry and Davies in preparation for extra time, but then Villarreal launched a rare sprint forward.

Gerard Moreno found space and matched an oncoming Chukwueze that rammed him into Neuer’s top corner for the first time. Late Chukwueze strike stuns the German giants and sends Unai Emery’s men through to the semis


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