Player Ratings: Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus

Bayern Munich JuventusJuventus threw away a two-goal lead and have exited the Champions League, losing the second leg of the round of sixteen 4-2 to Bayern Munich.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring five minutes into the match. After an Alvaro Morata goal was incorrectly called back for offside, Juan Cuadrado doubled the Bianconeri’s advantage in the 27th minute.

Robert Lewandowski breathed life into the home side in the 72nd minute before Thomas Muller brought the teams level at the death. It was all Bayern in extra time, Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scoring two minutes apart to send the German champions into the quarter finals.

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Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 5.5 – Insufficient

The often-regarded “best keeper in the world” was far from, failing to adequately close down Stephan Lichtsteiner on Juve’s first goal and making a dreadful clearance that should have led to Juve’s second but for the linesman’s incorrect offside call. The 29-year-old improved as the match wore on and kept Bayern alive with a strong save on Juan Cuadrado on the stroke of halftime but will have to perform better if Bayern are to win the tournament this season.

David Alaba – 4.5 – Poor

The other culprit of Bayern’s initial concession, the bombing left-back was softly beaten goal-side by Lichtsteiner before being caught out as a centre-forward on the counter that led to Juve’s second goal. An early second-half mistake almost provided Alvaro Morata with Juve’s third.

Medhi Benatia – 5 – Lost

The Moroccan was a step behind for the entirety of the first half and was promptly substituted at halftime.

Joshua Kimmich – 5 – Naive

The youngster looked out of his league in the centre of defense and was caught out of position on far too many occasions in the first half.

Philipp Lahm – 5.5 – Substandard

The German captain ignored his defensive responsibilities for much of the match, which hurt his side several times over the first 50 minutes. He was also undressed by Juan Cuadrado on Juve’s second goal. Juve’s change in tactics in the second half allowed him to venture into the midfield without reprisal.

Xavi Alonso – 5 – Overrun

Bayern were exposed without a proper central defensive midfielder, Alonso enjoying a lot of the ball in attack but with little to show for it and could offer nothing on the other side of the ball. Bayern performed better after his departure.

Arturo Vidal – 6 – Quiet

The former Juventus man made some dangerous runs early on, but could not get a foothold in the match. His play improved when he was moved deeper into the midfield.

Thomas Muller – 6.5 – Opportunistic

The German had a relatively quiet 90 minutes but always seems to be in the right position at the right time. His stoppage time goal ensured Bayern’s Champion League story would last at least another thirty minutes.

Douglas Costa – 7 – Impressive

Costa was perhaps Bayern’s most effective player in the first half, putting in some good work at the right-midfield and centre-midfield positions, trying to run at the Juve defense. A perfect cross for Robert Lewandowski in the 73rd minute provided Bayern with a lifeline.

Franck Ribery – 6 – Ineffective

A performance unlike what has come to be expected of Ribery, perhaps showcasing that age and injuries are finally catching up to the once-deadly winger. To be fair, the Frenchman did provide a couple of useful crosses and worked to take advantage of a morally depleted backline in extra time.

Robert Lewandowski – 6.5 – Spirited

Lewandowski put in an honest shift and made himself available to the midfielders but was closed down expertly by the Juve defense for five sixths of the match before being the beneficiary of a delicious Costa cross. From that point onward he spearheaded an attack that the backline could no longer contain.

Substitutes

Juan Bernat (46 mins) – 6 – Fair

The halftime substitute was the most impressive of Bayern’s backline, which is not saying very much. Juventus failed to put the Spaniard under any sort of pressure and were content to sit back and absorb pressure for the majority of the second half.

Kingsley Coman (60 mins) – 7.5 – Standout Performer

The Juventus-owned youngster provided a spark for the Bavarians after his introduction at the hour mark and Bayern’s goal was a direct result of his good work down the right. Then when all seemed lost for Bayern the 19-year-old delivered a peach of a cross to Muller to break the hearts of Juve supporters. He then put the match to bed in the 110th minute with a stellar strike after a strong 40-yard run.

Thiago Alcantara (101 mins) – 6.5 – Decisive

Thiago’s contribution to the match was short but sweet, after being introduced in Ribery’s stead. The Italian-born Spain international collected Patrice Evra’s misplaced header and played a clever one-two with Muller before rolling the ball into the net for the match winner.

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