Bavarian giants Bayern Munich have crashed out of this season’s Champions League at the hands of Spanish La Liga team Villarreal after they could only settled for a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. Six-time champions Bayern Munich came into the second leg on the back of a one-goal deficit from the first leg and they needed more than a one-goal win to progress into the last four to live up to their status as massive favourites. In the first leg, Dutch forward Arnaut Danjuma scored as early as the eighth minute for the only goal of the game to give Europa League champions Villarreal a 1-0 lead before the two teams met at the Allianz Arena, Munich on Tuesday night.
In the second leg, there were no goals in the first half like what was obtainable with the first leg before Polish striker Robert Lewandowski gave hosts Bayern the lead seven minutes into the second half after Thomas Mueller pounced on the sloppy pass from Villarreal skipper Dani Parejo to provide the assist for the goalscorer who has 13 Champions League goals this season.
Bayern dominated possession over the course of the second leg clash but they largely restricted to few opportunities by their guests whose defensive solidity was rewarded when substitute Samuel Chukwueze found the back of the net following the pass from Gerard Moreno. The goal from Chukwueze ensured that Villarreal advanced to the semifinals. Chukwueze was part of the Nigerian squad that failed to qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament. The World Cup 2022 tournament is scheduled to take place in Qatar in the final two months of the year and Nigeria won’t be a apart of the tournament. West African rivals Ghana qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament at the expense of Nigeria thanks to the away goals rule after a 1-1 aggregate result.
Thanks to Nigerian star Chukwueze, Bayern Munich have been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stagefor the second successive season.