Chukwueze’s late strike against Bayern takes Villarreal to Champions League semi-finals

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Chukwueze scores against Bayern

Chukwueze’s late strike against Bayern takes Villarreal to Champions League semi-finals

Chelsea out, Real Madrid in

By Valentine Amanze

The 88th-minute strike at the Allianz Arena strike by the Nigerian international, Samuel Chukwueze, was what Villarreal needed to stun Bayern Munich and reach Champions League semi-finals in Germany on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Robert Lewandowski’s goal was not enough to prevent Bayern Munich from exiting the Champions League, as they had lost the first leg 1-0 in Spain last week.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal continued their remarkable European run, having also surprised Juventus in the last 16 with a 3-0 win in Turin.

“We suffered against Juventus, we suffered against Bayern, but we are now in the semi-finals,” said Villarreal captain Raul Albiol, 36, the man-of-the-match in Munich.

“Now we can dream of going even further.”

Villarreal are into the semi-finals for the first time since 2006.

They will play either Liverpool or Benfica in the last four. The English side takes a 3-1 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.

The result means Bayern Munich exit the Champions League in the quarter-finals for the second year running.

“It is extremely bitter that we concede a goal despite this performance,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.

“We pressed, pressed, pressed and there was no way we were going to concede a goal.”

Villarreal soaked up everything Bayern threw at their defence, aside Lewandowski’s strike early in the second half.

It was a heart-breaking night for Bayern, who dominated for most of the match before Chukwueze scored just four minutes after coming on.

Bayern started with urgency, but the Villarreal defence was alert to every threat.

Also at Madrid, Real Madrid escaped with a 4-3 goal aggregate against hard-fighting Chelsea, who won by 3-1.

Benzema’s additional time goal ended the match at 3-2; but Chelsea had lost 3-1 in England last week.

 

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