Massive Champions League shock as Villarreal strikes after death to dump Bayern Munich

Samuel Chukwueze scored a dramatic 88th-minute equalizer to send Villarreal through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Just minutes after coming on, Chukwueze swept in a Gerard Moreno cross to level Robert Lewandowski’s 52nd-minute opener and see the LaLiga side continue with a 2-1 aggregate result.

Villarreal had withstood mounting pressure from Bayern in the second half, with Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Muller among those with a chance of victory before the visitors sealed the deal with looming extra time.

The hosts looked listless for most of the first half and it wasn’t until just before the half-hour mark that they got a shot on goal when Jamal Musiala headed straight for Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli.

Villarreal coped well with Bayern’s one-dimensional approaches and looked increasingly confident of clinging to the hard-fought one-goal lead from the first leg.

Lewandowski’s frustration got the best of him when he was booked in the 33rd minute for a foul on Raul Albiol, then Arnaut Danjuma and Moreno came close for the visitors.

Things looked different after the break when Bayern finally got going and Dayot Upamecano should have scored in the 51st minute after a skilful back pass from the energetic Leroy Sane.

Lewandowski ended a period of heavy pressure by putting Bayern ahead moments later and creating a blast that saw Hernandez fire straight at Rulli and Müller missed a glorious chance with a close-range header following another Sane cross.

In the middle of the chances, Moreno had warned the ball over Bayern’s goal with a quick counterattack and four minutes after Chukwueze came on, that danger became a reality.

The Nigerian kept his nerve and fired another Moreno cross past Manuel Neuer and the Yellow Submarine looked the final moments to secure a famous overall win and a place in the last four.

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