Bayern Munich are into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after overcoming a hard-working Juventus in a 4-2 victory after extra-time at the Allianz Arena.
Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado gave Juventus a 2-0 lead after 28 minutes, but two goals in the final 20 minutes from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller forced extra-time.
Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scored the vital goals in extra-time to send Bayern through and Juventus were harshly dumped out.
Bayern’s away goals in the 2-2 first leg draw in Turin meant Juventus were at a disadvantage going into the game, but they quickly went about their task of getting the away goals. They took the lead in the fifth minute as Pogba proved his worth for the Serie A champions.
Manuel Neuer came out of goal looking to intercept Hernanes’ nice pass but Sebastien Lichsteiner nicked it away from the goalkeeper and the ball fell to Pogba who calmly put it into the empty net to give Juventus a 3-2 aggregate lead.
23 minutes later, Juventus shocked the Allianz Arena by grabbing a second goal. Alvaro Morata went on an amazing mazy run where he beat five Bayern defenders before the Spaniard slid the ball across for Cuadrado. The former Chelsea winger showed great composure with his finish as he rifled past Neuer from ten yards for his first Champions League goal and Juve were in full control.
Two minutes later, Juventus could have finished Bayern off. Cuadrado got on the end of Pogba’s cross at the back post, but Neuer made a sublime save to keep the winger out from three yards.
Throughout the second half, Juventus defended heroically. Their tactics were near-perfect and Bayern failed to break through the rear-guard until the 73rd minute. Douglas Costa’s inswinging cross was nodded in from four yards by Lewandowski and it marked the first cross of quality from the Bavarians. With 17 minutes to go, it was game on.
Harshly on Massimilano Allegri’s battling Italian side, Bayern got the goal they needed to force extra time in the 91st minute. Kingsley Coman, who hadn’t long come off the bench, swung in a cross towards the back post that was headed in by Muller to make it 2-2, the only score that could have forced extra-time.
Thiago came on as a substitute in extra time, and put Bayern ahead for the first time in the night in the 108th minute. The former Barcelona youngster played a nice one-two with Muller on the edge of the box before producing a composed finish into the bottom corner from ten yards. It got better as Bayern wrapped up the game two minutes later.
Coman ran at the Juventus defence before coming inside onto his left foot and curling into the top corner, getting the gaol his substitute performance deserved. Coman is on a long-term loan at Bayern from Juventus, and the winger was instrumental in his parent club’s demise as Bayern held on to go through to the quarter-finals.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)