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Another dramatic evening of Champions League action is officially in the books and we now know the identities of two semi-finalists in this year’s competition. One of them is Real Madrid, after avoiding a dramatic comeback victory for Chelsea, where the surprising other was Villarreal.
After beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first match, they knew they would do well to hold on to that advantage in the return leg. In the end, though, they got the job done with a 1-1 draw that sends them hovering on to the final four.
Bavaria comes close
Bayern Munich had to work incredibly hard to create opportunities here themselves, and when they did, they tried several different things in the name of trying to overcome their stubborn opponents. Robert Lewandowski did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
Yellow submarine adjustments
Villarreal saw the endless crosses being floated into the box and chose to change their system to accommodate the attack. They opened their game and kept as calm as they could, with Unai Emery once again producing the kind of defensive masterclass that shows why he is so honored on the European stage. They may be seventh in La Liga, but they know how to perform when it matters most.
Villarreal will now wait and see who they get to play in the semi-final, with Benfica and Liverpool ready for their second match later tonight. The Reds are the ones leading, but Benfica should take the motivation from this performance and see that anything is really possible in UCL. Either way, though, there is no one Villarreal should be afraid of at this level after what they have already achieved.