Villarreal, widely nicknamed the “Yellow Submarine” owing to its luminous yellow shirt, sank Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League quarterfinals under a blue sky and a green pitch.
Unai Emery’s team advanced to the semifinals 2-1 on aggregate thanks to an 88th-minute equalizer from Samuel Chukwueze after a slick counterattack that began on the brink of Villarreal’s penalty box.
Villarreal began the second leg with a 1-0 lead against the six-time Champions League champion, thanks to an Arnaut Danjuma goal at their home stadium, the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Bayern were impotent for most of the first half of the second leg, and it wasn’t until the 28th minute that they produced a chance on goal, which Villarreal goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli comfortably stopped.
Both of Villarreal’s finest opportunities in the first half came as a result of counterattacks as the team absorbed Bayern’s pressure.
Then, early in the second half, Bayern eventually broke through the Spanish defense when Robert Lewandowski netted his 13th Champions League goal of the season to level the game on aggregate.
Given its domination, Bayern seemed to edge ahead in front of its home fans after that, but every attempt on goal went off target.
Bayern’s inaccuracy extended over both legs, as it had 45 shots and only scored once, while Villarreal converted both of its two attempts on goal.
Following Chukwueze’s goal, the Allianz Arena became silent for the remaining few minutes of the match, only to be shattered by the frenzied celebrations of the Villarreal players after the final whistle.
“It’s an incredible feeling, and it wasn’t easy for us. We are a little club from a hamlet similar to Asterix and Obelix’s “Emery said. It will be Emery’s first Champions League semifinals as a manager, after winning four Europa League crowns, while Villarreal has only reached this level of the Champions League once before, in 2005/06.
The Yellow Submarine is soaring high in Europe’s premier club championship after ruining Juventus’ round-of-16 run and now Bayern Munich’s dreams of winning a seventh Champions League. In the semifinals, the Spanish team will play either Liverpool or Benfica.