Bayern Munich was cruising towards a win. But Juventus showed why they came close to the title last season. Juve were 0-2 down, but Pablo Dybala pulled one back, and substitute Stefano Sturaro leveled the scores to earn a draw for the Serie A giants at home.
Munich still hold the advantage. They return with two valuable away goals. Juve were struck by a blow before the match, as Giorgio Chiellini was left out due to injury. The famous Juventus defense didn’t live up to expectations at home and conceded two goals.
Bayern had their share of pre-match defensive woes, too. The Bundesliga winners had to pair inexperienced Joshua Kimmich with David Alaba in the center. Veteran German full-back Philipp Lahm made his 100th Champions League appearance, according to the Guardian.
Bayern missed a golden opportunity in the 13th minute when an overlapping Lahm cut inside and made a measured pass, and Robert Lewandowski drew the keeper but squared back to Muller. But the weak attempt was cleared off by Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Big shots of Bayern like Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben netted goals on either side during half-time. Muller netted his sixth goal this champions league, reports BBC. The German giants looked in total control of the match.
But Juve bounced back after conceding the second goal. Paulo Dybala pulled one back in the 63rd minute to keep the match alive. Dybala was arguably the best player for Juventus on Tuesday night. Stefano Sturaro slammed home from close range to steal a crucial point.
“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,” said Munich coach Pep Guardiola.
“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 was content with the home draw.
“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.”
The tie now heads to Munich on March 16 for the return leg.