Bayern comeback stuns Juventus

FC Bayern München came from two goals down to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time on Wednesday night and earn a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

  • Bayern 4 (6) Juventus 2 (4)
  • Pogba and Cuadrado put Juve two up
  • Lewandowski and Muller force extra time
  • Tiago and Coman earn Bayern win

Match Summary

Juventus surprised everyone by taking a 2-0 lead into half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado in the fifth and 28th minutes respectively.

Bayern were not to be outdone though, and Robert Lewandowski pulled one back in the 73rd minute before Thomas Muller forced the match into extra time with a goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.

The Bavarians carried their momentum into extra time and goals from Tiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman in the 108th and 110th minutes earned the German side a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Full Report

Juventus were clearly trying to disrupt Bayern’s passing style early on with a very high pressing line that saw Alvaro Morata putting pressure on the center backs and even the goalkeeper when in possession.

It paid dividends as early as the fifth minute as a bit of miscommunication between Mehdi Benatia and Manuel Neuer saw the ball fall for Pogba, who slotted home into an empty net to give the visitors the lead 3-2 on aggregate.

The Bavarians continued to back their possession-based game, but were often let down by the final pass as chances were hard to come by for the home side.

Alvaro Morata had the ball in the back of the net in the 23rd minute, but it was ruled out for a narrow offside call that could have gone either way.

However, the visitors were not to be denied and, five minutes later, Cuadrado scythed between three Bayern defenders before beating Neuer at his near post to put the Italian champions 4-2 up on aggregate, leaving the home side in a heap of trouble.

Thomas Muller engineered a chance with a neat piece of dribbling around the penalty spot in the 42nd minute but the shot with his left foot was weak and easily saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Juve could and should have been 3-0 up at half time after Cuadrado burst into the box to pick up a dangerous pass, but was denied by a fantastic save from Neuer at point-blank range. Morata had two big chances to secure the game for his side. First in the 56th minute, dribbling into the box and hitting a shot straight at Neuer before having another attempt blocked seconds later. The match change in the 71st minute when Morata was taken off for Mario Mandzukic and the Bayern defensive line instantly shifted 15 yards up the pitch without having to worry about the pace of Spanish striker. Juventus offered nothing up front after the substitution and it allowed the home side to pile on the pressure. It paid off just two minutes later as Robert Lewandowski got on the end of an inch-perfect cross from Douglas Costa to head home from close range and bring the score to 2-1 on the night. Bayern continued to press and, just as it seemed the Italians had done enough to earn an unlikely win, Kingsley Coman lofted the ball in for Thomas Muller, who rose above the defence and headed the Bavarians level in the first minute of injury time to force extra time.

The first half of extra time past almost without incident, but Stephan Lichtsteiner did force a good save out of Neuer in the 93rd minute.

The home side turned on the style in the second half however, and Muller and Thiago Alcantara combined beautifully in the Juve box in the 108th minute to make space for the Spaniard to finish past Buffon and give Bayern the lead for the first time on the night.

Two minutes later, Coman, who is on loan from Juventus, produced a delightful curling shot to make it 4-2 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate to secure the Germans progress into the quarter-finals.