Bayern Munich squander two-goal lead as Juventus keep tie alive

  Bayern Munich squandered a dominant position as Juventus recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 and give themselves hope in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Goals from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski had put Pep Guardiola’s side into a commanding position at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night, but second half strikes from Paulo Dybala and substitute Stefano Sturaro enabled Max Allegri’s men to restore parity in a game that had started to look like it was slipping out of their grasp.

Bayern, despite naming a starting line-up without a recognised centre-back, made much of the early running and it was little surprise when they took the lead shortly before half-time through the clinical Muller.

And the visitors’ control of the tie looked to be absolute as Robben scored the most Robben goal of all time to put Bayern 2-0 up early in the second half.

But Juventus are a quality outfit and weren’t willing to go down without a fight.

A Paul Pogba assist for Dybala pulled Juve back into the game and as the game wore on the unfamiliarity of the Munich backline began to show, with Juventus able to take advantage.

Pogba had become increasingly involved as the game went on, drifting in from his position out on the left wing, but it was substititute Alvaro Morata who produced the crucial cross just moments after his arrival on to the pitch, putting it on a plate for Stefano Sturaro.

Two away goals for Bayern gives them the edge in the tie, but Juve will take great encouragement from their second half showing – particularly the extent to which their star-studded forward line was able to rattle the German defence.

It’s all to play for in the second leg.

 

Source: JoySports

 

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