LC: Spaniards in strength in the ‘halfs’ leave Bayern and Chelsea in the way


Villarreal eliminated Bayern and qualified for the most finals of the Champions League, repeating a feat at the age of 16, as did Real Madrid, who needed extra time to eliminate champions Chelsea.

The ‘yellow submarine’ had already surprised in the first leg, by beating the mighty German ‘giant’ by 1-0 and surprised again, by now imposing a 1-1 draw in Munich, repeating the feat of 2005/06, when they reached the same phase of the competition, in which he would be knocked out of the final by the English from Arsenal, who won 1-0 in London and drew goalless in Spain.

It is true that Bayern dominated most of the game, which Villarreal defended in a low block from the beginning of the match, removing spaces from the German ‘offensive machine’, but, in the end, it was the Spaniards who smiled, who scored the goal that earned qualification two minutes from time, in a counterattack, completed by Samuel Chukwueze.

It should be noted that there was a finger from ‘Mister Europa League’ Unai Emery, who launched the Nigerian forward in the 84th minute, replacing French midfielder Francis Coquelin, and that, four minutes later, put Villarreal in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Bayern, after spending the first half crashing into the ‘wall’ erected by Villarreal, took the lead, equalizing the tie, in the 52nd minute, by the inevitable Lewandowski, taking advantage of an error by central Albiol in a ball out, and could even have resolved the issue had it not been for Thomas Muller’s lack of inspiration in defining the moves.

However, Villarreal remained faithful to their strategy until the end and would end up being rewarded two minutes from the end of the match, with Chukwueze’s goal, punishing Bayern for not having been competent enough to surpass the seventh place in the League. Spanish.

Real Madrid also secured a spot in the semi-finals, but they had to suffer and must be grateful for the great form of Karim Benzema and the class of Luka Modric, in a game in which Chelsea were superior in all its parameters.

As in the previous round, with Paris Saint-Germain, the ‘merengue’ team was again, partially, blessed by fortune, and had the merit of having known how to suffer and having been effective in the long periods in which Chelsea were on top. about the game.

The English team reached the break leading by 1-0, with a great goal from Mason Mount, in the 15th minute, scored again at the beginning of the second half, in the 51st, by the German central Antonio Rudiger, putting the tie on equal footing. , after Real Madrid’s 3-1 triumph in London.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Chelsea made it 3-0, through Timo Werner, and it was thought that Real Madrid’s fate was set, but Rodrygo, launched two minutes earlier, equalized the tie in the 80th, thanks to a ingenious move by Modric, who, with the outside part of his right foot, was to discover the Brazilian in the area.

In the inevitable extra time, Real Madrid’s greater effectiveness prevailed and Benzema’s great form, heading in, with a pass from Vinicius Júnior, the goal that earned him a spot in the semi-finals, even if he had to suffer the good to suffer in the last minutes of extra time.

In the ‘halfs’, Villarreal clashes with the winner of the duel between Liverpool and Benfica, very inclined towards the English, who won 3-1 at Luz and are hosts of Wednesday’s game, the day in which, in Madrid, Atlético and Manchester City decide who will face Real Madrid. At the Etihad, the ‘citizens’ won 1-0.


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