Tactically neutralized, Bayern Munich fell to Villarreal (1-0) in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Deserved victory for Unai Emery’s team.
Kingsley Coman was one of the few dangerous Bavarians.
Big favorites for these Champions League quarter-finals, Bayern Munich are in great danger ahead of the second leg.
Because in the first leg, the Bundesliga ogre could only bow down on Villarreal’s ground (1-0) at the end of a match rich in spectacle!
Bayern without solution
From the start, the Bavarians imposed high pressure and settled in the opposite half of the field. The danger began to approach on the Spanish cage, especially thanks to Coman’s overflows on the right wing.
But little by little, Villarreal put up their block and quickly neutralized the German champions. Better still, Unai Emery’s men, very good in their shots, managed to place some attacks and found the foul thanks to Danjuma (1-0, 8th)! A great German reaction could be expected. But the solidity of the yellow submarine prevented any possibility. Lewandowski, Müller or Gnabry were almost invisible…
Moreno fails twice at 2-0!
While on the other hand, with great success, the Frenchman Coquelin thought of giving Villarreal a double lead in the 41st minute, before his goal was annulled for offside. A relief for Bayern who did not concede the slightest shot before the break! Suffice it to say that the Munich team came back with better intentions after the break. Finally, we witnessed a reaction from the visitors whose chances accumulated, such as Gnabry’s goal right next door, or Davies’ recovery over goalkeeper Rulli.
However, it must be recognized that the best opportunities were in favor of Villarreal. The proof is the post that repelled Moreno’s attempt! And the attacker didn’t stray far from an exceptional lob after a dumpling from Neuer! The Spanish could almost blame themselves after so many opportunities to widen the gap, especially on counterattacks with superior numbers. Fortunately for them, Bayern, after pressing late in the game, will not return in this first leg. But the second round promises to be just as exciting!
Match Score: 8/10
As they say, it takes two teams to put on a great game and on Wednesday night, Villarreal were more than ready for Bayern! Despite Unai Emery’s blockade, his team played an ambitious and sometimes spectacular game. It is no coincidence that the ball went from goal to goal at a crazy pace in the second half!
The goal :
– After a wall with Moreno, Lo Celso reaches the area from the right wing and crosses with the outside of his foot to Parejo’s defense. The Spanish midfielder hits a volley but his ball is cut off by Danjuma who takes Neuer off on the wrong foot (1-0, 8th).
Maxifoot assigned an annotated grade (out of 10) to each player.
Man of the match: Giovani Lo Celso (8.5/10)
Unsustainable, the Villarreal midfielder gave himself a demonstration in the first half! The Argentine tried and succeeded in all his technical gestures, starting with a center from the outside of the foot before Danjuma’s goal. In addition to his technical delicacy and passing quality, the former Parisian was very disciplined in his defensive withdrawal. You may regret his little lack of clarity in a matchup that he didn’t win.
Geronimo Rulli (6) : nothing requested in the first half, the former Montpellier goalkeeper did the job in the second act. He keeps an eye on Davies’ framed recovery and pulls off a reassuring exit for his defenders.
John Mark Foyth (8) : Impressive in duels, the right back just disgusted Gnabry and Davies! He also shone in the relaunch thanks to his complicity with Lo Celso. Replaced in ’81 by Serge Aurier (unrated).
Raul Albiol (6) Well placed, the Villarreal captain made important interventions. But sometimes he was on the edge, like when his tackle on Gnabry almost caused a penalty. Or when Musiala left him in a hurry.
Paul Torres (7) : Both solid and elegant, the Spanish international has muzzled Lewandowski. He is startled by an advance from Musiala which he finally manages to stop twice.
P. Estupinan (6.5) : Facing a forceful Coman, the left back struggled at the start of the game. His teammates sensed the danger and obviously gave him the right advice, as he then handled the Frenchman better. Even allowing for some interesting climbs.
Young Lo Celso (8.5) : see comments above.
Etienne Capoue (8) : What a volume of play! Omnipresent in the recovery, the ex-Toulousain was projected as soon as the opportunity arose. This huge burst of energy did not affect his technical accuracy, nor his ability to break out of German pressure.
Daniel Parejo (7.5) – Best known for his technique and passing quality, the Spanish midfielder also impressed on physical impact! It was hard to imagine him competing with the Bavarians in intensity, but he held up well. Better, he can be considered a decisive passer for Danjuma. Then author of a small bridge over Coman.
Frances Coquelin (6) – A slightly downgraded compared to his midfield peers, the former Gunner has seemed at times like a third central defender. Without a doubt, an instruction from Unai Emery that went well for him since the Frenchman contributed to the discretion of the Müller-Lewandowski duo. Replaced in ’59 by Alfonso Pedraza (not noted)who missed a great opportunity at the end of the match.
Gerald Moreno (7) : Given the quality of his game, the Villarreal striker deserved to score a goal. He spared no effort in his incessant cries for the ball or in depth, the weak point of the German hinge. However, it is on a long shot that he finds the post, before his long lob ends just outside.
danjuma (6.5) : The Dutch striker may not be completely satisfied with his game. It is true that he scored the only goal in a match during which his deep calls did damage. But he misses the ball explainably on a great second-half break chance! Replaced in ’81 by Samuel Chukweze (unranked).
BAYERN MUNICH :
Manuel Neuer (3) : Like his team, the Bayern goalkeeper was not on his game. He surprised a Coquelin cross, with no consequences as the goal was disallowed for offside. Then his fumble in midfield gave Moreno a chance to shoot it, and he didn’t go far.
Benjamin Surname (7) : If his compatriots in defense showed signs of fever, the French central defender was up to the task. He knew how to cover up his companions as he returned to Moreno. And his position didn’t stop him from bringing the surplus up front, particularly with a tense shot upstairs. Replaced in ’71 by Niklas Süle (unranked).
Dayot Upamecano (3.5) : Known for his athletic qualities, the tricolor international takes a long time to turn the ball around behind his back. Obviously, Villarreal had identified this defect since Danjuma and Moreno feasted thoroughly.
Lucas Hernandez (4) : Like Upamecano, the former Atlético de Madrid player had problems managing the mobility of the Spanish strikers. He was late on several occasions, as evidenced by the action of the goal where Lo Celso went ahead of him in the area.
Alfonso Davies (4) : after about three months of absence, we should not wait any longer. For his return, the powerful left-back was hesitant in the first period, then a bit more enterprising thereafter. Despite his shot at his goal, he is still insufficient, knowing that Lo Celso caused him many problems.
Joshua Kimmich (4.5) : After a festival of failed transmissions in the first half, the midfielder recovered after returning from the locker room. He put Bayern back in the right rhythm, without, however, finding the decisive pass.
Jamal Musiala (5) Eaten in intensity before the break, the young Bavarian showed more in the second half. He tried interesting sequences near the Spanish surface, but his attempts always found an opposite foot, or the limit intervention of Pau Torres.
Kingsley Coman (7) : Without him, this Bayern would have been harmless. Despite the resistance of his rival Estupiñan, the tricolor winger was the only enterprising Bavarian and above all dangerous in the first half. He took a long-range risk in the second act and might have found the top corner had it not been for Torres’ save.
Thomas Muller (2) : invisible, the Bavarian striker has absolutely no weight. He could have gotten away with a happy goal, but he didn’t react quickly enough to deflect Gnabry’s shot. Replaced in ’62 by Leon Goretzka (unranked)that he did not fool the referee by trying to get a penalty.
Serge Gnabry (3) Very discreet in the first half, the German winger could not make the difference. His goal just off the locker room lap was not enough to convince Julian Nagelsmann, no doubt annoyed at his lack of defensive retreat. Replaced in ’62 by Leroy Sané (unranked)which did not bring the percussion expected by Julian Nagelsmann.
Robert Lewandowski (2) : Not a single chance, not a single good ball to trade for the Polish striker. Hence his annoyance when Coman took too long to attend to him.
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