Champions League: Bayern Munich Storm Back To Knockout Juventus
Bayern Munich scripted a dramatic bounce back against Juventus on Wednesday. Bayern equalized the score in the last minute to force the game into extra-time. Pep Guardiola’s men netted two more goals to knockout last edition’s runner-up, Juventus, from the tournament.Advertisement
With the first leg evenly poised at 2-2, Bayern had the home advantage. But Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado pumped early goals to put Juventus in the drivers seat. It looked all over for the Bundesliga champions at half time.
Rober Lewandowski’s header gave the hosts a lifeline in the 73rd minute. But the Italian side’s defense saw them off until Thomas Muller’s header from close range restored parity in the last minute.
Guardiola conceived a new game-plan in the extra time. The introduction of substitutes Coman and Thiago turned the match in the home team’s favor, according to the BBC. The German giants played with more urgency in the extra time. Both Thiago and Kingsley Coman scored in the last 15 minutes to lift Bayern to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Coman netting the final goal was more frustrating for Juve. A former Juventus guy, the 19-year-old French winger has been a revelation this season since he joined Bayern this summer on loan, as reported by Screamer. Thiago scored the go-ahead goal beating the dense Juve defense, and Coman’s strike followed in two minutes to ensure the hosts’ emphatic win.
Coman has already become one of the favorite youngsters of Guardiola and the buoyant side in the extra time proved why they are considered as one of the two best teams of the planet. The highlights of the game along with the goals are available in this video.