Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo - Müller, Kroos (Robben 16'), Ribery (Shaqiri 90+2) - Mandzukic (Gomez 90')
Juventus: Buffon - Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci - Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso (Pogba 75') - Matri (Vucinic 65'), Quagliarella (Giovinco 65')
|Mandzukic, Gustavo||Chiellini, Vidal, Lichtsteiner|
Full-time +3 mins:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: A thoroughly professional display from Bayern, putting to rest their 'complex' about playing Italian teams and in truth deserving of a more handsome scoreline. Encouragingly for the Bavarians, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal will miss the second leg after being booked this evening. The chances of having a Bundesliga team in the semi-finals already look promising.
Full-time +3 mins:Bayern simply outclassed Juventus on the night and deservedly collected a 2-0 victory in the Allianz Arena thanks to goals from David Alaba and Thomas Müller. However, they may end up regretting not winning by a bigger margin by the end of the second leg considering how many chances they created. Stay with us on bundesliga.com for a full match report, as well as pictures from the game and further analysis...
90': Three minutes added on...
90':Thomas Müller nearly makes it three and maybe should have as well. The German international combines with Mario Mandzukic from a quick throw in, but after Gianluigi Buffon got down well to save his initial effort his attempt on the rebound bounced into the ground and over the bar.
89’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena:Dante's hair is bigger than Sebastian Giovinco!
88’: We're into the final few minutes at the Allianz Arena and Bayern look completely unfazed about the fact Juventus are throwing bodies forward. It has to be said that Daniel van Buyten and Dante have done an incredible job at the back to keep the Italians at arm's length.
85’:Bayern are sitting deep and absorbing the pressure before attempting to catch Juventus out on the counter attack. It's a risky ploy by the Bavarians, but it's working right now. A clean sheet tonight will be crucial going into the second leg in Turin.
80’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: The fans gave referee Mark Clattenburg a big round of applause for booking Stephan Lichtsteiner. Mario Gomez is desperate to come on, but Jupp Heynckes keeps rebuffing his pleas.
78’: With a two-goal lead to their name Bayern are stroking the ball around at ease and taking the pace out of proceedings. Stephan Lichtsteiner is then promptly booked for diving, meaning he becomes the second Juventus player to miss the second leg after Arturo Vidal.
72’:Juventus finally draw a save out of Manuel Neuer, who takes no risk in fisting away Arturo Vidal's fierce drive from inside the area. However, Bayern go straight down the other end to register their 17th shot on goal, but Gianluigi Buffon is equal to Franck Ribery's testing effort from 20 yards.
68’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: It’s game on now! The ‘Atomic Ant’ (Sebastian Giovinco) has entered the game for Juventus.
65':Juventus are still yet to have a shot on goal in the second half and Antonio Conte reacts by making two changes in the hopes of rescuing something from this match.
63'GOAL! Gianluigi Buffon does well to save Luiz Gustavo ‘s long-range curler, but can’t palm it away from danger. Mario Mandzukic picks up the loose ball and with Juventus’s backline slow to react is able to square the ball to Thomas Müller, who taps home from close-range. That’s one of the easiest goals the German international has ever scored!
61’:Bayern have just tweeted that Toni Kroos was forced off in the 16th minute with torn adductor muscles.
57’:David Alaba draws a good save out of Gianluigi Buffon with a free-kick that bounced dangerously in front of the keeper. Meanwhile, we're still yet to see any sort of real threat from Juventus in this second half. They're certainly playing like an Old Lady tonight.
52’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: Jupp Heynckes has sent all his substitutes down the sidelines to warm up.
50':Bayern have picked up where they left off as Mario Mandzukic stings the palms of Gianluigi Buffon with a near-post drive. The hosts seem content to try and take some of the pace out of the game, but are still finding space in and around the Juventus area.
46’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: Half-time thoughts: Bayern are playing football, while Juventus are just trying to play on the counter. However, they do look dangerous from set-pieces. It’s clear to see that the home fans are holding their breath every time Andrea Pirlo steps up. I’m backing a 2-1 win for Bayern.
SECOND HALF We're back underway at the Allianz Arena with Bayern boasting a one-goal lead over Italian record champions Juventus. What will the second half have in store for us? Hopefully a few more goals!
VIDEO:David Alaba is not exactly known for his goalscoring prowess, but the 20-year-old continues to go from strength to strength as part of this indomitable Bayern side. Click here to watch bundesliga.com’s exclusive video feature on the Austrian, who is starting to emerge as the best left-back in Europe.
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HALF-TIME Leonardo Bonucci heads onto the top of the net with Juventus's best chance of the half. However, it's Bayern who go in at the break a goal to the good thanks to David Alaba's stunning strike inside the opening minute. The visitors have demonstrated very little threat, but the Bavarians need to rediscover their clinical touch in front of goal.
43'Bastian Schweinsteiger is the next Bayern player to fizz a decent chance on goal over the bar before Mario Mandzukic picks up the first yellow card of the game.
39'Bayern have their claims for a penalty turned away after Andrea Barzagli brings down Mario Mandzukic inside the area. It would have been a soft decision, but it’s from open play that Bayern are looking their most dangerous. However, they need to capitalise on this period of pressure because Juventus are hardly getting a sniff.
35' Arturo Vidal is lucky to escape a booking for bringing down Franck Ribery, but after Bastian Schweinsteiger curls his free-kick just over Arjen Robben wastes a golden opportunity to extend Bayern's lead. Thomas Müller breaks down the right and pulls the ball back to the unmarked Dutchman, who flashes his effort just wide of the post. The hosts may be left to regret not making more of their clear-cut chances.
30’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: When Bayern are attacking Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are always loitering in the centre circle. Only when Bayern win a corner do they retreat to defend.
27’:Bayern are having a lot of joy down the right-hand side now that Arjen Robben has been introduced into the game. Andrea Pirlo is getting too cute with some of his passes and in giving away possession is allowing the hosts to carve out their chances. A second goal would do Bayern a world of good here.
22’:Mario Mandzukic is working hard as the lone striker and does well to catch Giorgio Chiellini in possession. Unfortunately for BayernFranck Ribery's shot after being played through in deflected into the side netting, before Dante heads wide from a corner soon after.
19’:Juventus are starting to control the game and with it the lion's share of possesion. However, within minutes off coming off the bench to replace the injured Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben fires straight at Gianluigi Buffon after the visitors fail to clear their lines from Franck Ribery's cross.
15’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: Antonio Conte has been up on his feet inside his coaching zone since the start of the encounter. Jupp Heynckes meanwhile is sitting comfortably in the dugout. With Toni Kroos pulling up lame Arjen Robben is readying himself on the sidelines to enter the fray.
12’:Juventus have responded to going behind and after Andrea Pirlo's dipping free-kick whistles just over Manuel Neuer's crossbar, Arturo Vidal fires inches wide of the post after finding space just outside the box.
9’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: The ‘cardboard clappers’ look to have made the difference. The atmosphere inside the Allianz Arena is worthy of an encounter at FC St. Pauli or Borussia Dortmund. David Alaba goal was magnificent and now the volume levels have increased even further. The Bayern fans are in full voice!
5’: It took Bayern just 25 seconds to open the scoring through David Alaba, which has left Juventus understandably shell-shocked. The hosts look confident and comfortable in possession.
1'GOAL!Bayern take the lead as David Alaba is afforded time and space to beat to Gianluigi Buffon from 30 yards with a stunning drive which finds the bottom corner.
KICK-OFF! We’re underway at the Allianz Arena as FC Bayern Munich take on Juventus FC and bundesliga.com will be taking you through the action, providing you with all the latest stats and offering plenty of interesting reading material throughout the 90 minutes. Stay tuned and keep refreshing the page!
Kick-off - 1 min:bundesliga.com Reporter at the Allianz Arena: “The Allianz Arena is sold-out and FC Bayern Munich have provided every fan with a red ‘cardboard clapper’ on their seats to help them add to the atmosphere inside the stadium. The teams are out and everyone is eagerly anticipating the start of the game.”
Kick-off - 5 mins: We’re FIVE minutes away! Tonight’s encounter not only marks Manuel Neuer’s 50th appearance in Europe, but it is also FC Bayern Munich’s 14th meeting against Italian opposition in the last five years at Europe’s top table. They most recently faced SSC Napoli, en route to the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final, against whom Mario Gomez netted a hat-trick. However, while Thomas Müller played down talk of an Italian jinx during the pre-match press conference, the Bavarians’ overall record against sides south of the Alps stands at 12 wins, 8 draws and 15 losses.
Kick-off - 15 mins: While Juventus FC have not lost on their travels in Europe since 18 May 2010, FC Bayern Munich have only lost twice in their last 19 home matches in Europe - against Arsenal FC and FC Internazionale Milano - including a 0-0 draw with ‘Juve’ back in the 2009/10 campaign. Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Daniel van Buyten, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez all featured for the Bavarians, while Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio are the only surviving members of the side put out by the Old Lady on 30 September 2009.
Kick-off - 25 mins: One man with an intimate knowledge of both sides is former FC Bayern Munich and Juventus FC utility man Hasan Salihamidzic. Talking exclusively to bundesliga.com earlier this week, the ex-Bosnian international, who made over 200 appearances for the Bavarians before moving to Italy, stated that he believed “Bayern hold a slight advantage” ahead of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. Click here to read the full interview with Salihamidzic as he discusses where the game could be won and lost, the Italian art of defending and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Kick-off - 35 mins: Meanwhile, Juventus FC head coach Antonio Conte explained to the gathered journalists at Säbener Straße that he was expecting to witness an encounter at the highest level. “We’ve studied them, as they have us, and we're looking forward to what will be a great game in a great competition. It is the first time in a long while that we’re competing in a Champions League quarter-final. Of course we’re underdogs against one of the big favourites, but we have not come here to lose.” The Old Lady’s 43-year-old boss made no qualms about what his side have to do in order to emerge with a positive result. “We have to stay disciplined tactically and play with lots of commitment. Italian teams normally play a very disciplined type of football. I also want my team to take the game to them.” However, Conte also had words of respect for FC Bayern Munich. “Bayern have many top players. Their midfield is especially good. They are a good reference for us, not just on the pitch but also as a club. How things work here is great. If we lose, at least we will learn a lot and enjoy the games against Bayern.”
Kick-off - 45 mins: During his pre-match press conference FC Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes made it clear that he was fully focused on the UEFA Champions League quarter final against Juventus FC. “I’ve been to bed these last few nights with the Old Lady and I’ve woken up with her too - I did a lot of research on her, I studied her most recent games and I was impressed by what I saw,” admitted the 67-year-old. “Juventus are very, very strong opponents. They’re extremely powerful physically and can do a lot of running. [Andrea] Pirlo is the brains of the operation, but there are plenty more good players in the squad - I think at least seven who play for Italy.” However, Heynckes was quick to point out that his record-breaking side have a lot to proud of themselves: “But we’re having an outstanding season ourselves. My team are playing a really committed style of football regardless of who is on the pitch.”
Kick-off - 55 mins: Though Borussia Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski’s late winner prevented them wrapping up the Bundesliga title on Saturday evening, FC Bayern Munich are still on course to clinch the treble. The Reds underwent a near-perfect preparation on the weekend courtesy of a 9-2 demolishing of Hamburger SV (click here to watch the highlights), a game in which they were able to rest a select few of the regulars starters. Claudio Pizarro, who scored four and set-up another two, admitted tonight’s encounter “wouldn’t be easy” for Bayern, but also stated that he believed the Bavarians have what it takes to “break the Italian champions down”.
Kick-off - 60 mins: The starting line-ups are in! As expected Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes has opted to hand Luiz Gustavo a rare UEFA Champions League start in place of the suspended Javi Martinez. However, Daniel van Buyten has been chosen to partner Dante in the centre of defence ahead of Jerome Boateng. Elsewhere, the 67-year-old makes four further changes from the side that scored nine times against Hamburger SV as David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic return to the starting line-up.
Kick-off - 65 mins: The runaway league leaders last home outing in Europe’s elite competition didn’t make for pretty viewing as a 2-0 loss against Arsenal FC forced them to rely on the away goals rule to reach the quarter finals of the tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. FC Bayern Munich have now reached this stage of the competition twelve times, a feat only matched by Manchester United, but Thomas Müller believed it wasn’t “such a bad thing to experience a negative result”.
Kick-off - 75 mins: The good news for FC Bayern Munich is that head coach Jupp Heynckes has close to a full squad at his disposal ahead of tonight’s UEFA Champions League quarter final with the exception of long-term absentee Holger Badstuber and the suspended Javi Martinez. Luiz Gustavo is expected to play in place of the Spaniard in defensive midfield, while Jerome Boateng is expected to return alongside Dante in the centre of defence after completing his two-game suspension.
Kick-off - 80 mins:FC Bayern Munich face a tough challenge in the form of reigning Serie A champions Juventus FC, who have never lost against German opposition in the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League. However, the record titleholders will have to overcome the Old Lady if they’re to stand a chance of righting the wrongs from last year’s defeat against Chelsea in the Finale dahoam.
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