Despite wasting a two-goal lead, FC Bayern München are on course for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after earning a 2-2 draw away to Juventus FC in their Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Despite the good result, Pep Guardiola’s charges will be disappointed to have let their healthy lead slip in a match they largely dominated. Bayern had countless chances in a one-sided first half, with Juventus only occasionally threatening on the break. Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal, among others, all went close early on before Thomas Müller gave the Bundesliga leaders a richly deserved lead moments before the interval.
Bayern’s pressure continued into the second period and they soon doubled their advantage when Robben scored with a trademark effort, cutting inside from the right to shoot with his left following a swift counter-attack. Yet Juventus refused to give up and staged a stunning fightback, scoring two goals in a strong 15-minute spell to level the score at 2-2 and give themselves a lifeline ahead of the second leg on 16 March.
Man of the Match
Not only did Müller score the all-important opener, his clever movement opened up the space for Robben to fire in Bayern’s decisive second.
Juventus had not conceded a goal for 879 minutes (almost 15 hours) coming into this match, but let in two against Bayern’s irresistible frontline.
- Robben had more shots on goal (four) than any other player.
- Bayern had 63 per cent possession over the 90 minutes.
- Vidal had 119 touches of the ball – more than anyone else on the pitch.
Juventus: Buffon (c) – Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra – Cuadrado, Khedira (Sturaro 69’), Marchisio (Hernanes 46’), Pogba – Mandzukic, Dybala (Morata 75’)
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (c), Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat (Benatia 74’) – Vidal – Robben, Müller, Thiago, Costa (Ribery 84’) - Lewandowski