Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich: Bianconeri battle back to earn vital draw
Juventus kept their Champions League hopes alive by drawing 2-2 with Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening in their first-leg clash.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring with a volley from the edge of the box before Arjen Robben curled home the second for the German club. Paulo Dybala soon popped up to give the home team a goal moments before Stefan Sturaro restored clarity.
In a frantic start it was the Bianconeri who would get the first chance, Mario Mandzukic unable to get full purchase on a shot from the left hand side after just 40 seconds.
The return of the king, in the shape of Arturo Vidal, was showcased early on too. The Chilean spanked a fine volley to stun the palms of former teammate Gianluigi Buffon. The Bavarians continued to dominate proceedings and should have been ahead when Muller had the goal at his mercy, but the tame shot from the German was mopped up by Leonardo Bonucci.
As the game ticked over to the half-hour mark, Juan Bernat nearly snuck the visitors in front but again Buffon was there to save the day.
The deadlock was finally broken just before half-time, Muller applying the finishing touch following a cut back cross from Douglas Costa.
Massimiliano Allegri would have hoped his side could have clawed a goal back to draw level, but under 10 minutes into the second-half Bayern doubled their lead. It was the Dutchman, Robben, who curled home past Buffon after being played in by Robert Lewandowski.
Despite having a two-goal advantage, Bayern gifted a goal to the home side on the hour. Mandzukic played in Dybala who made no mistake to pull the Italians back into the tie.
Incredibly, with just fifteen minutes to go, Juventus levelled proceedings. It was the substitute, Sturaro, who stabbed home following Alvaro Morata’s header across goal which saw the match end all square.