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Bayern Munich 1-1 Villarreal (1-2 Agg)

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Bayern Munich 1-1 Villarreal (1-2 Agg)


Samuel Chukwueze struck a decisive late goal as Villarreal secured a 2-1 aggregate victory that sent Bayern Munich crashing out of the Champions League.

The Nigeria international climbed off the bench to make it 1-1 on the night two minutes from time in the second leg at the Allianz Arena to send the Yellow Submarine through to their first semi-final since the 2005-06 season.

Robert Lewandowski had levelled the tie early in the second half with his 13th Champions League goal of the campaign.

But there was a dramatic twist, as Chukwueze ensured Bayern would not prevent Unai Emery from progressing beyond the last eight of this competition for the first time in his managerial career.

Bayern had lost in each of their past five Champions League knockout ties after losing the opening leg.

Quickly assumed dominance in possession as they looked to overturn the deficit.

But the Bundesliga leaders struggled to break down a disciplined Villarreal side, and the Bavarian giants’ only attempt on target in the first half came when Jamal Musiala headed straight at Geronimo Rulli from Leon Goretzka’s cross.

Thomas Muller squandered a couple of decent opportunities to put Julian Nagelsman’s side in front.

The Germany international firing over from Goretza’s centre before heading a Leroy Sane cross wide.

Bayern was left to rue those misses in the closing stages when the Europa League holders launched a devastating counter with Giovanni Lo Celso prodding the ball through for Gerard Moreno. The latter squared for Chukwueze to clinically tuck away.

What does it mean? Bayern stunned.

Bayern was eliminated in the quarter-finals for the second season, having fallen to PSG last year.

It is only the third time in 11 attempts that the Bayern have failed to progress from a last-eight tie.

After defying the odds to reach the last four, Villarreal will face either Liverpool or Benfica.

Chukwueze, the hero.

Chukwueze replaced Francis Coquelin for the final six minutes as Villarreal looked to stave off Bayern’s late pressure.

He had three touches of the ball, but the one was an excellent first-time finish to send his side through.

Missed Muller’s chances proved costly.

Muller positively impacted the second leg, assisting Lewandowski’s goal and conceding possession just seven times.

However, Muller has now only scored once in 11 appearances. His lack of confidence in front of goal was evident when he squandered two opportunities – most notably heading wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

What’s next?

On Sunday, Bayern resumes their quest for a 10th successive Bundesliga title when they travel to Arminia Bielefeld.

Villarreal is back in LaLiga action away at Getafe on Saturday.

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