Champions League: Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus

Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller

Bayern Munich produced an authoritative performance at home to leave Juventus facing an uphill task to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

The German league leaders made the perfect start when David Alaba's deflected 35-yard shot spun past Gianluigi Buffon inside 30 seconds.

Thomas Mueller tapped in Mario Mandzukic's square pass to double Bayern's lead after the break.

Juventus' best chances fell to Arturo Vidal who twice shot at Manuel Neuer.

But in truth the Italian champions rarely threatened as Bayern totally dominated the quarter-final first leg and created several outstanding chances.

Bayern entered their sixth Champions League quarter-final in seven seasons on the back of a thumping 9-2 weekend win over Bundesliga rivals Hamburg and continued in the same vein as they produced another dominant display, full of attacking verve.

Serie A leaders Juventus, who beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Saturday to stretch their domestic advantage to nine points, struggled to find any rhythm and face a stiff task to overturn Bayern's two-goal advantage when the teams meet in the return fixture in Turin on 10 April.

An atmospheric Allianz Arena was already rocking as the teams emerged from the tunnel before the hosts made the perfect start.

Austrian defender Alaba's effort appeared to be speculative, but a slight deflection off the boot of Vidal left Juventus goalkeeper Buffon floundering as the ball crept inside the bottom corner of his goal.

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Bayern players celebrate their two-goal lead over Juventus at the final whistle of the first leg in Munich.

Juve responded well after the early blow as they confidently kept possession inside Bayern territory. But they failed to stretch Germany international Neuer, with Andrea Pirlo's dipping 35-yard free-kick on to the roof of his net their closest effort.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was forced into an early reshuffle as Toni Kroos limped off with a knee injury and was replaced by former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben.

But the enforced substitution did not disrupt last season's beaten finalists - instead it served to spark them into life.

Robben, Franck Ribery and Mueller were the focal points of a high-tempo attacking display as Bayern began to slice open the visiting defence with ease.

Robben had their best two chances, first drilling a low shot at the legs of Buffon after a poor clearance by Andrea Barzagli, before wastefully shooting wide after being picked out by Mueller's square pass.

After the interval, Bayern continued to produce waves of attacks as Buffon was called into action twice more.

First, he beat away an effort from the hard-working Mandzukic before desperately pushing Alaba's fizzing 25-yard free-kick away from danger.

But questions will be asked about the veteran Italy international's contribution to the second goal.

He could only parry Luiz Gustavo's stinging 20-yard shot into the path of Mandzukic, who squared for the unmarked Mueller to roll into the empty net from close range.

Chances continued to be rare for the visitors before Vidal, who will miss the return leg after receiving his second booking of the competition, finally tested Neuer with two fierce drives within seconds of each other.

But the Italians could not force what would have been an unlikely away goal and a jubilant Bayern travel to Turin next week expecting to reach the last four for the second successive season.

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes:

"We prepared really well and that was the key - our pressing, our dribbling on the flanks, the way we closed them down.

"Against a team like Juventus, the small details play a big role and that was the case today. That is why I studied them so closely."

Juventus coach Antonio Conte:

"We still have the second leg and in football, you play until the end before drawing conclusions.

"It's a tough result. Bayern proved they are a really strong team, one of the favourites."