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Bayern Munich broke their teeth on an impressively realistic Villarreal formation (1-0), who managed to win the first leg on their one and only shot on target. Too dependent on a Robert Lewandowski padlocked by the central hinge and having to face a Geronimo Rulli walking on water, the Bavarians will have to get angry in the return match if they want to continue on their way.


Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich

Goal: Danjuma (8and) for the Yellow Submarine

The Bavarians return empty-handed from a trip that turned out to be more complicated than expected in Valencia. After waltzing the Old Lady into the round of 16, Unai Emery’s men rolled out their plan wonderfully, once again showing exceptional realism, thanks to a shot “on target”, a goal, offering a nice 1-0 victory against the very nice Bavarian ogres this Wednesday evening. Enough to leave an exceptionally boiling and jam-packed Estadio de la Cerámica dreaming of a potential Champions League semi-final, fifteen years later.

Lo Celshow

In the first period, the Bavarians hardly saw the light of day, except for the flamboyant yellow jersey of their evening opponent, constantly present on the second ball. The first opportunity will still be for the Germans, and a certain Benjamin Pavard who tried his classic at the far post (6and). It was counting without the opportunism of Arnaut Danjuma, who had declared the same morning in the press to be “one of the best wingers in the world” . The Dutchman completes a fine collective action, cutting off Dani Parejo’s shot to score his sixth goal in nine Champions League games this season (1-0, 8and). Gerard Moreno is very close to doubling the lead only two minutes later, but he is caught by the Bavarian patrol (10and). Robert Lewandowski has all the trouble in the world to get rid of a Raúl Albiol who does not let go of a sole, so that he has to go into exile on the right side to escape the vigilance of the Spanish central hinge , in vain (19and). It is this same boss of the defense who will come to stop Serge Gnabry properly in the area (21and).

Two free calls to order that transcend Giovani Lo Celso playing for two on his right wing, alternating between good passes (28and29and) and a small bridge to greet the return of Alphonso Davies (31and). And since luck smiles on the daring, Francis Coquelin also decided to come and register a lucky (or brilliant?) pawn by sending a ball that looks like a cross and ends up in the opposite side netting of a Manuel Neuer not in his plate (41and). Fortunately for the Bavarians, the French midfielder is flagged offside by a hair.

The Rulli turns has not turned

Returning from the locker room, Serge Gnabry hits a big blow, brushing the post (50and). But not enough to reverse the trend, since two minutes later, Gerard Moreno actually finds the amounts (52and). Geronimo Rulli has a little more luck, and avoids the equalizer thanks to the disagreement between Gnabry and Lewandowski (58and). The Argentinian goalkeeper raises, and Alfonso Pedraza is close to scoring on his very first ball in stride (59and). The gag goal of the evening could in any case have been scored by Gerard Moreno, who intercepted a bad raise from Manuel Neuer, too advanced, and sent a lob from the midfield which crashed one meter from the goal, to the chagrin of the 23,500 spectators all standing with their hands on their heads (63and). Barely time to sit down again when Kingsley Coman gets a double chance, but Rulli gets away with it again (69and). On a small cloud, the Argentinian porter makes a series of stops against Leroy Sané (79and82and) and the long balls in front to find Danjuma and Moreno (73and88and). A conclusion made in Unai Emery, which locked as it went, while guaranteeing the hard-won advantage. The hardest part is coming: we will have to reproduce this performance in Munich in six days.
Villarreal (4-3-3): Rulli-Foyth (Aurier, 81and), Albiol, Torres, Estupiñan – Capua, Parejo, Coquelin (Pedraza, 58and) – Lo Celso, Moreno, Danjuma (Chukwueze, 81and). Trainer: Unai Emery.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Pavard (Süle, 71and), Upamecano, Hernández, Davies – Kimmich, Musiala – Coman, Müller (Goretzka, 62and), Gnabry (Sané, 62and) – Lewandowski. Trainer: Julian Nagelsmann.

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