Juventus rally to secure draw with Bayern

Juventus mounted a late comeback as they rallied from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Bayern München in a thrilling Champions League last-16 tie at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.

  • Juventus 2 Bayern München 2
  • Müller fires the visitors in front
  • Robben doubles Bayern’s advantage
  • Dybala pulls one back for Juventus
  • Sturaro completed Juve comeback

Match summary

Bayern looked to be cruising after goals from Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben, on either side of the half-time break, fired them into a two-goal lead.

However, Juventus didn’t allow their heads to drop and eventually pulled one back through Pablo Dybala in the 63rd minute, before Stefano Sturaro levelled matters on 76 minutes.

Full report

The first half was a one-sided affair, with Bayern enjoying a massive 71 per cent of ball possession while also attempting more shots on goal than the Old Lady.

The first effort of note came from Juve’s Mario Mandzukic, though, with the striker seeing his first-minute attempt kept out by Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

However, the visitors should have claimed the lead after hitting back with two good efforts in quick succession. Arturo Vidal’s fourth-minute effort was saved by Juve keeper Gigi Buffon, before Müller somehow failed to convert from close range after losing his balance.

Juventus then had a glorious chance to snatch the lead in the 21st minute, but Leonardo Bonucci could only direct his headed effort straight into the arms of Neuer.

That was the last chance of note for the hosts, though, as Bayern went on to regain control of proceedings.

Juan Bernat and Robert Lewandowski saw their respective efforts kept out by Buffon, before Arjen Robben headed just inches wide of the left-hand post in the 41st minute.

Bayern didn’t allow that missed chance to affect them, however, as Müller slotted a right-footed shot into the bottom-right corner from the centre of the box on 43 minutes after a botched clearance fell kindly for the Germany international.

The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half, with David Alaba firing just over the bar from outside the box in the 51st minute, before Arjen Robben added his name to the scoresheet four minutes later. The Netherlands international latched onto a pass from Robert Lewandowski before slotting a left-footed effort into the bottom corner from the centre of the box.

Bayern should have been three goals to the good a few minutes later, but Lewandowski couldn’t direct his headed effort on target after being picked out in the danger area by Müller.

Lewandowski was made to rue that missed chance four minutes later as Dybala latched onto a through pass from Mandzukic before firing past the onrushing Neuer and into the bottom-right corner.

The goal swung the momentum in favour of the hosts, who piled forward in search of an equaliser.

Juan Cuadrado was denied the equaliser by Neuer on 67 minutes, before Paul Pogba fired over the bar from the left-hand side of the box one minute later.

They weren’t to be denied in the 76th minute, however, as Stefano Sturaro fired home into the top-left corner from close range following a headed pass from Álvaro Morata.

Bayern had a great chance to reclaim the lead a few minutes later, but Lewandowski headed just over the bar after being teed up by Thiago Alcántara’s searching cross.

Juventus almost snatched a win at the death when Leonardo Bonucci let fly from outside the box, but his shot lacked a cutting edge and was saved by Neuer in the centre of the Bayern goal.

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