Juventus coughs up 2-goal lead as Bayern Munich reaches Champions League quarterfinals
Bayern Munich choked away a 2-0 lead on the road in Turin. They returned the favor in Germany and marched on in the Champions League tournament.
A pair of first-half goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado saw Juventus deservedly in front, but Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller both bagged headed goals in the second half to dramatically even things up and send it to extra time, and substitute Thiago Alcantara provided the winner. A goal from Kingsley Coman wrapped things up to lead the Germans to celebrations.
Pogba scored just six minutes into the match, poking the ball into the back of the net from close range after a scrum in the box saw the Germans fail to clear. Juventus would get a second just before the half-hour mark when a poor touch by David Alaba in front of the Juventus box saw Alvaro Morata snatch the ball. 60 yards later, Morata had shaken Alaba, stepped around Medhi Benatia, broke Josh Kimmich’s ankles, and found Cuadrado who calmly controlled and waited for an opening past Manuel Neuer.
Gianluigi Buffon was required to keep the scoreline intact before halftime, saving low on a shot from Thomas Muller near the penalty spot. Juventus wasn’t done testing Neuer’s goal, and the German kept Cuadrado out again - this time at the far post on a cross from Pogba - just before the break, a crucial stop in the match.
Pep Guardiola made a change for the second half, bringing on Juan Bernat in favor of a defender in Benatia. He probably should have brought off Alaba instead, who was torched by Morata again in the 56th minute, but the Spaniard put a weak effort on goal straight at Neuer.
Things turned after the hour mark. A pinpoint cross by Douglas Costa met the head of Robert Lewandowski in the 73rd minute, and the comeback was on. Juventus held on until added time, but they came undone in the 91st minute. Kingsley Coman, on for Xabi Alonso in the 60th minute, delivered a cross from near the corner flag, and Muller was there to finish it off.
Neither side looked threatening in the first half of extra time, but in the second 15, the match came to a finite conclusion. Just moments after play returned, Thiago struck on a one-two in the box with Muller, freeing the Spaniard for the winner from close range. Coman added his minutes later with Juventus caught forward chasing the necessary goal.