In a very nice atmosphere at the Cerámica stadium, Villarreal surprised Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals (1-0). The Spaniards can more than ever believe in qualifying before the return match.
Following the quarter-finals of the Champions League this Wednesday evening. Surprise winner against Juventus in the previous round, Villarreal received the German giant, Bayern Munich to try to create the feat. But faced with the Bavarian armada, Unai Emery’s men were going to have to fight. The former PSG coach aligned his typical team with the two Frenchmen Capoue and Coquelin in the midfield with the former Parisian Lo Celso. Side Bayern Munich, Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez and Coman were holders.
At home, the Spaniards did not hesitate to play the game and got the first chances of the match. And it is even very logical that Villarreal opened the scoring. After a great collective action and a good job by Lo Celso, it was Arnaud Danjuma who took advantage of a poor placement of the German defense to beat Manuel Neuer (8th) to the end. A goal that confirmed Villarreal’s good intentions and the difficulties of a Bayern Munich unable to be dangerous (0 shots on target after the first 45 minutes). The score could have been more severe at the break, but Coquelin’s goal was disallowed for a small offside position from the Frenchman (41st).
Villarreal held out until the end
Upon returning from the locker room, Kingsley Coman’s teammates returned with the best intentions and did not come close to equalizing but Thomas Muller failed to regain the ball a few meters from Rulli’s empty goal (50th). Gerard Moreno responded in stride by touching the post of Neuer (53rd). The German goalkeeper was then guilty of a bad recovery very far from his goal. And the distant attempt by Parejo, who had just recovered the leather, just missed the goal (63rd).
The minutes were ticking and the opportunities were multiplying on both sides. Bayern discovered themselves and Villarreal lacked many counterattacks on the power play. Enough to enrage Unai Emery who feared being punished by a flash of genius from Lewandowski or Sané. But this time, neither the Pole nor the German will manage to shake the opposing nets. The score will not move despite Coman’s last attempts on his right lane. The Yellow Submarine dominates Bayern Munich and makes the very good operation of this Wednesday evening. It will be necessary to confirm in the return match at the Allianz Arena in Munich in the second leg