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Bayern take command against Juventus

Published: Tuesday 2 April 2013, 22.50CET
FC Bayern München 2-0 Juventus
Goals from David Alaba, after 25 seconds, and Thomas Müller ended Juve's 18-match European unbeaten run and put Bayern in charge of the tie.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernJuventus

Goals scored2
 
0
on target10
 
3
off target11
 
4
Corners9
 
4
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

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Published: Tuesday 2 April 2013, 22.50CET

Bayern take command against Juventus

FC Bayern München 2-0 Juventus
Goals from David Alaba, after 25 seconds, and Thomas Müller ended Juve's 18-match European unbeaten run and put Bayern in charge of the tie.

FC Bayern München are in pole position to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons after ending Juventus's 18-match unbeaten run in Europe.

David Alaba struck after just 25.02 seconds – the seventh-fastest goal in UEFA Champions League history – to put the Bundesliga leaders in front but it was their Serie A counterparts who went on to enjoy the better of the early exchanges until Bayern eventually wrested control. The Bavarian club rarely looked like relinquishing their advantage subsequently and, after Thomas Müller tapped in his fifth goal of this term's competition three minutes past the hour, they will head to Turin for next week's quarter-final return leg full of confidence.

Bayern could hardly have wished for a better start as Alaba opened the scoring with the game's first attack, firing beyond Gianluigi Buffon from distance via a deflection off Arturo Vidal. It was the first UEFA Champions League goal Juve had conceded in 490 minutes yet the visitors remained composed and their five-man midfield initially did well to stretch the hosts. Andrea Pirlo shaved the crossbar with a dipping free-kick, with Vidal driving another effort narrowly wide.

However, an injury to Bayern's Toni Kroos meant an early introduction for Arjen Robben, brimming with belief after scoring twice in Saturday's 9-2 thrashing of Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga, and the substitute soon helped Bayern onto the front foot. He was unfortunate to see his first strike on target repelled by Buffon after a poor clearance from Andrea Barzagli, but then might have done better from Müller's pull-back, side-footing wide at the near post.

Indeed, with Franck Ribéry and Bastian Schweinsteiger also threatening, Jupp Heynckes' side might well have wondered how they were not further ahead at the interval, even after Leonardo Bonucci glanced just over from a corner on the stroke of half-time. Bayern again set the tempo after the restart, though the slenderness of their lead made for a less than comfortable atmosphere among the home fans.

That all changed on 63 minutes as Müller doubled Bayern's advantage, touching in Mario Mandžukić's unselfish square pass after the Croatian was first to pounce on a parried Luiz Gustavo shot. Vidal called Manuel Neuer into a pair of saves as Juventus sought a quick response, but their prowess faded in the latter stages and they were ultimately fortunate that Müller failed to further increase Bayern's aggregate cushion at the last. Having suffered their first European defeat in more than three years, Antonio Conte's team have it all to do in the return next Wednesday.

Last updated: 04/04/13 0.03CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

juventus

Juventus

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
4
DanteDante
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Yellow Card54
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution90+3
13
PelusoFederico Peluso
Substitution75
9
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card44
Substitution90+1
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal63
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Goal1
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Yellow Card67
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card82
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card76
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution65
39
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution16
32
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution65

Substitutes

22
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution16
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Substitution75
11
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution90+3
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution65
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
12
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution65
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution90+1
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
39
MarroneLuca Marrone

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

Darren Cann (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Mike Dean (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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