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Villarreal 1-0 Bayern, the perfect trap | UEFA Champions League

When a home unbeaten in the knockout stage hosts an away unbeaten, it’s all in the details. Unai Emery’s Villarreal were able to find the one who tipped the quarter-final in their favor.


1/ Bayern muzzled at La Ceramica
2/ Danjuma, 4 games, 4 goals
3/ End of big Bavarian series
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The game

The perfect trap. Surprised from the first minute against Juventus in the previous round, Villarreal posed from the start a perfect tactical organization to block Bayern. And struck from the first moments when Arnaut Danjuma appeared to cut off a strike from Dani Parejo and deceive Manuel Neuer.

Arnaut Danjuma celebrates his goal.UEFA via Getty Images

This early goal allowed Unai Emery’s men to pose an almost insoluble equation to the Bavarians who came up against a perfectly organized block and exposed themselves to the offensives of the yellow submarine, led in particular by the duo Giovani Lo Celso – Gerard Moreno. Bayern failed to threaten Geronimo Rulli, he exposed himself and Francis Coquelin saw the 2-0 goal disallowed for offside.

Back from the locker room, Bavarian pressure intensified but the best chances were yellow: Gerard Moreno hit the post, then attempted a lob from midfield. Pedraza missed a few opportunities in turn. Bayern pressed but the few attempts, in particular from Kingsley Coman, proved insufficient.

Villarreal thus won against Bayern, who had not lost on the road in the UEFA Champions League since the defeat against Paris Saint-Germain by a certain Unai Emery.

PlayStation® Man of the Match, Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)

He fully understood his place in the defensive position in a midfield four and was exceptional with the ball, causing many problems for Bayern. High quality performance.
The UEFA Technical Observers Panel

Photos, stats and game sheet


Giovani Lo Celso, Villarreal
The first word that comes to mind about tonight’s game is pride. We knew that if we returned the ball, we would suffer against Bayern but we created many situations and we could have won with a bigger gap. One of our pre-match goals was to give Villarreal a good image to the world and I’m sure we did that.

For us, it was clear that we would have to attack and defend as a unit. I want to thank the technical staff for having had faith in me for the start of this match. From now on, the duel is still open and even if it will not be easy next week, I think that if we remain totally concentrated, we will have the opportunities to qualify.

The Villarreal goal that brings down Bayern

Arnaut Danjuma, Villarreal
Champions League nights are second to none. We can be even better than we were tonight. Even if you win 1-0 against Bayern, you can still improve. Unai is a master tactician. We have great confidence in him and he in us.

Julian Nagelsmann, at the microphone of DAZN
We deserved our defeat. We haven’t been good today. In the first half, we lacked power in defense and had few chances. The second period was more open. We lost control as we were desperate to score, but we couldn’t have conceded two more.

In stats

  • Villarreal are unbeaten in their last ten home matches in all competitions (W7 D3).
  • The Spanish club have lost just one of their six home matches against a German club in European competition (W3 D2 L1).
  • The Europa League winner is unbeaten in his last 7 home knockout matches in the UEFA Champions League.
  • End of series for Bayern’s invincibility on the road after 22 matches (W17, D5).
  • The 2019/20 champion has remained silent for the first time in 31 UEFA Champions League appearances. The last time was against Liverpool in February 2019 (0-0).
  • This crazy Bavarian series includes only one defeat in 29 UEFA Champions League matches (W26, D2, L1).

They shone at Fantasy

Dani Parejo – 8
Arnaut Danjuma – 8
Giovani Lo Celso – 8
Paul Torres – 8
Raul Albiol – 8


Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth (Aurier 81), Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñan; Coquelin (Pedraza 59), Capua, Parejo; Gerard Moreno, Danjuma (Chukwueze 81), Lo Celso

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard (Sule 71), Upamecano, L. Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Musiala; Coman, Müller (Goretzka 62, Roca 90), Gnabry (Sané 62); Lewandowski


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