A first-leg win leaves Villarreal in control ahead of Tuesday’s return quarter-finals fixture against Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena, as they seek a place in the Champions League semi finals.
The undisputed German champions will be looking to Robert Lewandowski who has been their main man in Champions League play this season. He is Bayern’s leading scorer with 12 goals, which is more than any rival player in the competition, four of those being the crucial first of the match. At home Bayern have been perfect with four wins in four contests, along the way they’ve bagged 20 goals and conceded just three. Bayern are looking to extend a six-match home unbeaten streak (five wins and one draw) in all competitions. In their last six matches in all competitions, Bayern have won four, drawn one and lost one. They scored 17 and conceded four in that period, scoring first in five of the six outings.
Danjuma has been a revelation for Villarreal this season. He is their most productive player in attack having netted on six occasions in this season’s Champions League, including two match-opening goals. The visitors have scored in four straight Champions League contests this season. They haven’t been shut out since their group stage loss against Manchester United. With three wins and just one loss away from Estadio de la Cerámica in the competition, Villarreal boast a solid record in away matches this campaign. Villarreal have won three, drawn one and lost two in their last six. They scored six and conceded four in that period, netting first in three of the six.
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Bayern Munich vs Villarreal: Match Stats
Bayern’s loss against Villarreal in the first leg was their 20th against a Spanish team in European competition, their most against sides from a specific nation. Both of the previous occasions they have lost both legs of a Champions League knockout tie have been against La Liga opposition (v Real Madrid in the 2013/14 semi-finals and 2016/17 quarter-finals). Bayern are looking to progress from a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg for the first time since the 2014/15 quarter-finals (1-3 away, 6-1 at home against FC Porto).
Robert Lewandowski has scored two hat-tricks in the Champions League this season, with both coming in home games (v Benfica and RB Salzburg). Only Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015/16 (for Real Madrid) has ever scored three hat-tricks within a single campaign in the competition. Leroy Sané has been directly involved in 12 goals for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League this season (six goals, six assists). Since 2003/04, this is the joint-most direct goal involvements by a German player in a single season in the competition, along with Mario Gomez in 2011/12 (12 goals, while also playing for Bayern).
This will be Villarreal’s second ever away game against a German side in the Champions League – the previous one was also against Bayern, with the Yellow Submarine losing 1-3 in the 2011/12 group stage. Villarreal head coach Unai Emery is looking to progress beyond the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in his career. The only previous time his side won a first leg in the knockout stages of the competition (Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Barcelona in 2016/17), they became the first side ever to be eliminated in the knockout stages of the competition after winning the first leg by 4 or more goals.
In the reverse fixture, Villarreal became the first team to keep a clean sheet against Bayern in the Champions League since Liverpool in February 2019. Bayern haven’t gone consecutive games without scoring in the competition since the 2013/14 semi-finals against Real Madrid (0-1 away, 0-4 at home). Arnaut Danjuma has scored six goals in the Champions League this season, with only three players remaining in the 2021/22 competition having netted more (Robert Lewandowski 12, Karim Benzema 11 and Mohamed Salah 8). Not since 2004/05 has a Dutch player scored more than six times in a Champions League campaign, with Ruud van Nistelrooy (8) and Roy Makaay (7) both doing so that season.
Last week’s opening leg fixture was the first meeting between the sides. Villarreal come out on top 1-0 at Estadio de la Cerámica. Arnaut Danjuma scored the only goal for the Yellow Submarine in the eighth minute.