Villarreal stuns Bayern Munich to reach Champions League semifinals
As the final whistle blew — and Bayern Munich's dejected superstars slumped to the ground
Villarreal's substitutes raced onto the field to join the teammates who ousted the six-time European champions.
There would have been room enough in Bayern's stadium for the entire population of Villarreal to celebrate with them
Tuesday after the team reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 2006
Such are the disparities in size and status between these clubs,
that all 50,000 residents of the southeastern Spanish city could fit into Bayern’s 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena.
“We are a small city but they are strong players,” Villarreal coach Unai Emery said after his team earned a late 1-1 draw that secured a 2-1 aggregate victory in the quarterfinals.
Villarreal had won the first leg 1-0 at home when it squandered chances for an even bigger lead,
Bayern had leveled the aggregate score when Robert Lewandowski netted seven minutes into the second half.
This time it was Bayern that missed chances to score again, and Samuel Chukwueze completed a counterattack in the 88th minute to extend Villarreal surprising run in the competition.