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Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich

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Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich


Arnaut Danjuma scored the game’s only goal as Villarreal edged past an out-of-sorts Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday.

The Yellow Submarine started superbly, playing in their first last-eight tie since the 2008-09 season.

And opened the scoring inside 10 minutes courtesy of Danjuma’s sixth Champions League goal.

VAR gave Francis Coquelin’s effort offside, and Gerard Moreno struck the post as Unai Emery’s side dominated at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

In the eighth minute, Villarreal’s electric start was rewarded when Danjuma steered home Daniel Parejo’s mis-hit shot from six yards.

Coquelin found the back of the net with a looping cross that caught Manuel Neuer out shortly before half-time.

Yet the Bayern goalkeeper’s blushes were spared thanks to a VAR review showing that the Villarreal midfielder had been offside.

The Bundesliga leaders were well off the pace in the first half and went in at the break.

Serge Gnabry flashed wide shortly after the interval, while at the other end, Moreno struck the base of the post with a dipping strike from 25 yards.

Moreno went agonisingly close to a breathtaking goal at the hour mark. The Spain international whipped just wide from inside his half after a sloppy pass from Neuer – the most intimate either side came to a goal in the final 30 minutes.

What does it mean? Dismal Bayern punished.

Bayern Munich was the favourite to win the first leg in Spain.

Yet a slapstick defending and toothless attacking left them with work back in Germany next week.

Nevertheless, Emery’s men were outstanding and will be disappointed not to have given themselves a healthier lead to Bavaria, given the quality of their chances.

Danjuma maintains a hot streak.

Danjuma’s sensational season in the Champions League continued with another goal here.

He has six goals to his name for the club in a single campaign in the competition.

Subdued Lewandowski.

Robert Lewandowski cut a frustrated figure up front for Bayern, taking just 29 touches – the joint-lowest of any Bayern starter – and managing two shots.

What’s next?

Both sides are in domestic action on Saturday before next week’s second leg.

Meanwhile, Bayern is hosting Augsburg and Villarreal at home to Athletic Bilbao.

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