Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus: Early Bianconeri dominance wiped out by Bayern persistence

Bayern Munich JuventusBayern Munich defeated Juventus 4-2 at the Allianz Arena and 6-4 on aggregate in their Round of 16 tie in the Champions League.

The Bianconeri were 2-0 up in the first half with goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado but Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller forced extra time and substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman struck in the remaining minutes to send the Old Lady crashing out of Europe.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side attacked from the start and after a mix-up between Manuel Neuer and David Alaba in the Bayern defence, Pogba gave Juve the lead after six minutes when he calmly slotted the loose ball into the net.

This forced Bayern to attack but they were battling against a wall of Bianconeri defenders.

Alvaro Morata lobbed the ball over Neuer in the 22nd minute but the goal was controversially disallowed for offside. The Spaniard then made a solo run from his own half and squeezed a pass though to Cuadrado, who controlled the ball, beat a defender and calmly slotted the ball past Neuer after 28 minutes.

Gianluigi Buffon saved from Lewandowski from close range and then Neuer denied Cuadrado a great chance to make it 3-0 just before half-time.

The Germans did most of the attacking in the second half but Morata had two chances to kill off the tie. He made identical runs drifting from the left-wing but his first effort was easily saved by Neuer and the other one was deflected over the bar.

On 73 minutes, Die Roten received a lifeline when Douglas Costa crossed from the right-wing and Lewandowski headed past Buffon from point-blank range. The Germans were rewarded for their persistence when Coman crossed from the right and Muller headed-in at the far post.

The first 15 minutes of extra time was largely uneventful but Bayern were rewarded for their perseverance in the second period with Alcantara playing a one-two with Muller and placing the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 3-2 on 108 minutes.

Three minutes later, Coman had space on the right-wing and curled a shot past Buffon to give Die Roten a two-goal lead. Stefano Sturaro and Leonardo Bonucci could have scored consolation goals but Bayern had too much momentum.

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