Villarreal stun heavy favourites, Bayern Munich

Villarreal stun heavy favourites, Bayern Munich

Villarreal inflicted a shock 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Arnaut Danjuma’s strike boosted the Spanish team’s hopes of causing a huge upset in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Danjuma diverted in Dani Parejo’s shot in the eighth minute at La Ceramica to seal a surprise win, with Bayern perhaps even fortunate not to be further behind going into the second leg in Germany next week.

Gerard Moreno hit the post and then curled a long-range effort agonisingly wide after Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer had skewed a clearance, briefly leaving his own net gaping.

“We produced a tremendous performance and to be honest we should have won by more,” said Villarreal’s Giovani Lo Celso.

“We were much better than Bayern tonight,” said Dani Parejo. “We’ve beaten one of the best teams in the world.”

Julian Nagelsmann’s six-time European champions will still be heavy favourites to overturn the deficit at the Allianz Arena but Villarreal showed again they are not to be underestimated, having already sent Juventus crashing out in the last 16.

They will need to play significantly better than they did in this game as they suffered their first Champions League defeat away from home since 2017.

Indeed, Bayern’s players will likely come away relieved that they only have a one-goal deficit as Villarreal had a plethora of chances to win by a bigger margin.