Bayern pull of a great escape, beat Juventus in extra time
The UEFA Champions League always throws out great games and this tie between Bayern Munich and Juventus was nothing less than sizzling over the two legs.
The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw and both sides would have been confident of getting a result from this game after the superb showing at Turin.
Allegri’s team missed a couple of key players but the manager sent his team out to press high up the field with the likes of Pogba, Morata and Cuadrado giving Bayern no space and time on the ball.
And this plan worked wonders for the visitors who found themselves leading the game 2-0 inside the first half hour at the Allianz Arena.
Manuel Neuer had an off day as he was responsible for the first goal within 6 minutes of the start of the game. Pogba rolled into an empty net as the keeper rushed out only for his defender Alaba to give away the ball to the Frenchman who made no mistake.
Just 20 minutes later, Juan Cuadrado made no mistake after Morata teed him up as the Italian outfit made Bayern pay for the lapse in concentration. They went into the half time break 2-0 up and full of confidence.
But the Italian team’s manager changed the way his team played and wanted them to defend strongly with the likes of Morata and Cuadrado trying to use their pace on the break.
This saw them completely pinned in and could not get out of their own half as the Bavarians started to tighten the screws over their opponents.
And finally, the Italian resilience was broken when Douglas Costa’s cross found Lewandowski who had no trouble in scoring past Buffon brining Bayern back into the game with just more than 20 minutes to go.
It looked like the first leg was repeating itself as Bayern finally played some good football and finally scored the equalizer, a cruel one for the Turin side late in the game.
Thomas Muller converted a point blank header after normal time and set off on a celebrating run as he saved his side the blushes and took the game into extra time.
And suddenly Juventus who were happy to defend found themselves having to score in the next half hour and did not look like they would be able to pull one back.
Thiago Alcantara then gave Bayern the lead for the first time in the 108th minute, before Kingsley Coman’s vicious strike made it 6-4 on aggregate and sent the German giants into the last eight, where they could meet Manchester City; the club Pep Guardiola is set to join this summer.
It is not what the Italian outfit expected after the first half but they only have themselves to blame having squandered a 2-goal advantage in the tie.
But the German champions one again proved their mettle and came back from behind late in the game and stole it away in grand fashion.
It was one of the most evenly matched games in a long time and the home advantage showed at end when Bayern were able to pick off Juve in extra time.
This will leave Guardiola with a chance to leave the club on a high and has left Allegri thinking about his decisions during the game.
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