Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller scores his sixth Champions League goal of the season

Juventus produced a remarkable second-half fightback against Bayern Munich to give themselves hope going into the Champions League last 16 second leg.

The Bundesliga leaders overwhelmed their Serie A counterparts in the first half, and took the lead when Thomas Muller slotted in before Arjen Robben curled in the second.

Juve pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute when Paulo Dybala tucked home.

The comeback was complete when Stefano Sturaro poked in from close range.

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Juve's first-half humbling

At half-time, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri must have thought "let's keep this respectable".

His team were pummelled in the first half. The graphic shows that they were camped in their own half by wave after wave of Bayern attacks.

Juventus and Bayern Munich first-half possession
The average positions of players from Juventus (left) and Bayern - as you can see Juve's players barely left their own half

Juve went into the match having conceded only once in the 11 matches they had played since the start of 2016 - however, they had yet to play a team of Bayern's potency.

Arturo Vidal and Juan Bernat tested veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon and Muller went close, before they took the lead. It came when defender Andrea Barzagli's clearance from Douglas Costa's volleyed cross fell at the feet of Muller, who did the rest from 10 yards,

Bayern went again and this time it was a three-man break. Striker Robert Lewandowski appeared to send Robben too far wide with his pass into the area, but the Dutchman - in customary style - cut in and feigned to shoot before sending his effort past the reach of Buffon.

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Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala - arguably Juve's best player on the night - brought his side back into the game

Even the most adventurous punter would have hesitated putting money on Juve to turn this around.

The key to the change in fortunes were the substitutions. Hernanes, Sturaro and Alvaro Morata provided more energy to the attack, as Allegri experimented with his tactics.

There was a bit of luck with the first as Joshua Kimmich lost the ball 25 yards from goal. This allowed Mario Mandzukic to play in Dybala, who converted with a composed finish.

The Bayern defence was breached again when Morata's headed pass into the six-yard area was slammed in by fellow substitute Sturaro.

Bayern are still favourites to go through because of their two away goals, but Juve's second-half display makes this next match an intriguing prospect.

Manager reaction

Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri's second-half changes worked wonders at the Juventus Arena

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola: "Juventus made it to last year's final, not us. We're not dealing with a team from the provinces.

"I'm really happy with how we played. It's one of the matches from my career that I want to remember the most.

"You cannot really expect that your opponent will not get a single chance. That's football. Sometimes you can't look at just the result. We played with character."

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri: "In the first half they pushed us hard in our own half and we just couldn't settle. We started making a lot of mistakes with our passes and didn't use the space well, but let's not forget we were playing Bayern.

"After the interval we played a lot better.

"We might have even snatched the win at the end, but we will need to make sure there's no repeat of our first half when we go to Munich."

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 19Bonucci
  • 15Barzagli
  • 33Evra
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forSturaroat 69'minutes
  • 8MarchisioSubstituted forde Carvalho Andrade Limaat 45'minutes
  • 10Pogba
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forMorataat 75'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 17Mandzukic

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 9Morata
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 27Sturaro
  • 37Pereyra

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 32Kimmich
  • 27Alaba
  • 18BernatSubstituted forBenatiaat 74'minutes
  • 23VidalBooked at 90mins
  • 10Robben
  • 25Müller
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Douglas CostaBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRibéryat 84'minutes
  • 9LewandowskiBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 5Benatia
  • 7Ribéry
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 14Alonso
  • 19Götze
  • 26Ulreich
  • 29Coman
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
41,332

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 2, FC Bayern München 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 2, FC Bayern München 2.

  3. Post update

    Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Hernanes (Juventus).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

  8. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Medhi Benatia (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München).

  12. Post update

    Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry replaces Douglas Costa.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephan Lichtsteiner with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

    Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Booking

    Álvaro Morata (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara with a cross following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid65101931616
2PSG64111211113
3Shakhtar Donetsk6105714-73
4Malmö FF6105121-203

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg640296312
2PSV Eindhoven631287110
3Man Utd62227708
4CSKA Moscow611459-44

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid6411113813
2Benfica6312108210
3Galatasaray6123610-45
4FC Astana6042511-64

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City6402128412
2Juventus632163311
3Sevilla6204811-36
4B Mgladbach6123812-45

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona64201541114
2Roma61321116-56
3B Leverkusen6132131216
4BATE Borisov6123512-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011931615
2Arsenal6303121029
3Olympiakos6303613-79
4Dinamo Zagreb6105314-113

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64111331013
2Dynamo Kyiv632184411
3FC Porto631298110
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv6006116-150

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg6501136715
2KAA Gent631287110
3Valencia620459-46
4Lyon611459-44
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