Bayern Munich broke their teeth against an impressively realistic Villarreal (1-0), who managed to win the first leg with their only shot on goal. Too reliant on a Robert Lewandowski locked in the center hinge and having to deal with a Geronimo Rulli walking on water, the Bavarians will have to get angry in the second leg if they want to continue on their way.
by Anna Carreau, at the Ceramics Stadium
Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich
But: Danjuma (8me) for the Yellow Submarine
The Bavarians return empty-handed from a trip that turned out to be more complicated than expected in Valencia. After putting the Old Lady in the round of 16, Unai Emery’s team unfolded their plan like a charm, once again demonstrating exceptional realism, thanks to a shot “on goal”, a goal, offering a nice victory by 1 -0 against the very nice Bavarian. ogres this Wednesday night. Enough to leave an exceptionally boiling and packed Estadio de la Cerámica dreaming of a possible Champions League semi-final, fifteen years later.
In the first half, the Bavarians hardly saw the light of day, except for the eye-catching yellow jersey of their evening opponent, constantly present on the second ball. The first opportunity will continue to be for the Germans, and a certain Benjamin Pavard who tried his classic at the far post (6me). He was without the opportunism of Arnaut Danjuma, who that same morning had declared 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, 8me). Gerard Moreno is very close to doubling the lead just two minutes later, but is overtaken by the Bavarian patrol (10me). Robert Lewandowski has all the problems in the world to get rid of a Raúl Albiol who does not let go of a sole, so he has to go into exile on the right side to escape the surveillance of the Spanish central defender, in vain (19me). It is this same head of defense who will properly stop Serge Gnabry in the area (21me).
Two free calls to order that transcend Giovani Lo Celso playing two on his right wing, alternating good passes (28me29me) and a small bridge to greet the return of Alphonso Davies (31me). And as 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 center and ends up in the opposite net of a Manuel Neuer who is not on his plate ( 41me). Fortunately for the Bavarians, the French midfielder is singled out for a hair offside.
The Rulli turns has not turned
Returning from the locker room, Serge Gnabry hits a great blow, grazing the post (50me). But not enough to reverse the trend, since two minutes later, Gerard Moreno effectively finds the amounts (52me). Gerónimo Rulli has a little more luck, and avoids the tie thanks to the disagreement between Gnabry and Lewandowski (58me). The Argentine goalkeeper goes up, and Alfonso Pedraza is close to scoring on his first ball calmly (59me). The gag goal of the afternoon could in any case have been scored by Gerard Moreno, who intercepted a bad climb by Manuel Neuer, too far forward, and sent a ball from the center of the field that crashed a meter from the goal, to the chagrin of the 23,500. spectators all standing with their hands on their heads (63me). Barely time to sit back down when Kingsley Coman gets a double chance, but Rulli gets away with it again (69me). On a small cloud, the Argentine goalkeeper makes a series of saves against Leroy Sané (79me82me) and long balls in front to find Danjuma and Moreno (73me88me). A conclusion made on Unai Emery, who blocked on the fly but guaranteed the hard-won lead. The hard part is coming: we will have to reproduce this performance in Munich in six days.
Villarreal (4-3-3) : Rulli-Foyth (Aurier, 81)me), Albiol, Torres, Estupiñan – Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin (Pedraza, 58me) – Lo Celso, Moreno, Danjuma (Chukwueze, 81me). Coach: Unai Emery.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) : Neuer-Pavard (Süle, 71me), Upamecano, Hernández, Davies – Kimmich, Musiala – Coman, Müller (Goretzka, 62me), Gnabry (Sané, 62me)-Lewandowski. Coach: Julian Nagelsmann.
by Anna Carreau, at the Ceramics Stadium