Extra-time goals send Bayern past Juventus into last eight


Extra-time goals send Bayern past Juventus into last eight

Bayern Munich scored twice in extra time to battle back from two goals down and beat Juventus 4-2 on Wednesday (March 16) to march into the Champions League last eight with a 6-4 aggregate victory.

Thiago Alcantara drilled in after 108 minutes and Kingsley Coman curled in their fourth goal as Bayern, who needed a 90th-minute equaliser from Thomas Mueller to force extra time, finished stronger to keep up their treble hopes.

In a reverse of the first leg when Juve came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2, Bayern dug deep to score twice in the second half.

It was a bitter defeat for last season’s runners-up Juve, who ran out of steam in extra time to leave domestic titles as their only potential silverware this season.

The hosts had a golden chance after two minutes when Douglas Costa sent former Juve player Arturo Vidal through but the Chilean’s poor first touch allowed Gianluigi Buffon to save.

It was the Bianconeri who drew first blood with Frenchman Pogba capitalising on a David Alaba mistake to beat Manuel Neuer.

Bayern, who had not let in a first-half goal in their previous seven games in the competition were rattled and Neuer almost gifted another goal after sending the ball straight to Alvaro Morata, whose looping effort was ruled off side.

Spaniard Morata, however, made a 40-metre run past four Bayern players to send Cuadrado through for their second goal.

Bayern showed their first signs of life just before the break when Mueller’s effort was saved by Buffon and the ball rolled narrowly wide from a Robert Lewandowski deflection.

But Juve, who have let in only one goal in 12 Serie A matches this year, remained solid at the back and kept taking stabs at the shaky Bayern defence, Morata coming close again on the hour.

Poland striker Lewandowski headed in at the far post for his eighth goal of the campaign to reignite the home side’s hopes in the 73rd minute, triggering a dramatic finale in which Mueller scored in almost identical fashion.

Substitute Thiago got the goal they needed and Coman, on loan at Bayern from Juve, completed a memorable comeback as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his hopes of a Champions League title in his last season in Munich.

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