Juventus had it all to do after a 2-0 loss at the Allianz Arena, and they never really looked like managing what would have been an extraordinary comeback, falling 2-0 (4-0) to Bayern Munich at home to go crashing out of the UEFA Champions League. It was a solid, professional performance from the visitors, who'd claimed the Bundesliga title over the weekend with a win over Frankfurt, and they'll prove extraordinarily difficult opposition to whomever they encounter in the next round.
Mario Manzukic, who had been booked for the sin of taking a kick from Giorgio Chiellini, had the game's opening chance, trying to tap in Franck Ribery's cross from close range only to be denied by a timely intervention from the unloved Simone Padoin, but it was the hosts who forced the first real save.
After a spell in which Bayern looked more or less comfortable, Philipp Lahm made a clumsy tackle on Mirko Vucinic on the edge of the area, bringing the Montenegrin down and gifting Juventus a free kick in a very dangerous position. It's the sort of chance that Andrea Pirlo relishes, and he smashed the set piece through a hole in the wall only to be denied by a smart stop from Manuel Neuer.
Juventus continued to threaten, opening up the visitors' defence thanks to a combination Padoin and Paul Pogba, with the latter fizzing a cross through the six yard box that practically begged to be turned in. The more bodies the hosts committed forwards, however, the more vulnerable they were to counterattack, and Thomas Mueller reminded them of the threat Bayern posed when he smacked a well-struck effort wide of Gianluigi Buffon's left hand post.
Although the Germans would have been the happier side with the score at 0-0 through thirty minutes, they had to deal with an injury as halftime approached, with Daniel van Buyten eventually going off for Jerome Boateng after suffering a series of knocks. They very nearly had better news when David Alaba -- the man who opened the scoring 25 seconds into the match at the Allianz -- hit a stinging drive from outside the box following a partially-cleared corner, but unlike in the first leg this time Buffon was up to the task.
A poor back header from Javi Martinez nearly set up Fabio Quagliarella for a cheeky flicked effort that went out for a goal kick, but that was a rare foray forward for Juventus, who spent that last ten minutes before the interval very much on the back foot. With 45 minutes to play against a stout Bayern defence, it was going to take a pretty impressive performance for the Scudetto holders to make it through to the semifinals.
The second half began with another good chance for Pirlo to whip in a free kick, but unlike his earlier effort this time the veteran playmaker hit his shot against the wall, then off Lahm and into the grateful arms of Neuer. Quagliarela also tried his luck from range; that try sent the goalkeeper scrambling but went narrowly wide.
Chielleni went down in the box after playing an ambitious one two with Claudio Marchisio, but there was no penalty shout and the ball went right up the other end of the pitch and very nearly into the Juventus goal -- Arjen Robben's shot from outside the box beats Buffon but crashed back off the outside of the post. Missing that chance turned out not to matter, however. Minutes later, Bayern were 1-0 up.
Mandzukic had endured a long and difficult battle with Chiellini all evening and he won a free kick after taking an elbow to the nose while going up for an aerial challenge against the Italy centre back. From the set piece, Juventus were punished, with Bastian Schweinsteiger curling a lovely delivery towards Javi Martinez, whose flick was well saved by Buffon only to fall into Mandzukic's path, leaving him to finish with a diving header.
Down by three and with Bayern holding an away goal, Juventus were facing the impossible task of scoring four against one of the games better defences. And it nearly got worse -- the visitors should have gone 4-0 up on aggregate when Robben led a four on one counterattack only for Mueller to hit his effort over the bar.
Vucinic had a couple of opportunities to drag his side back into the game, but he seemed to prefer shouting at/kicking Neuer rather than scoring. Neither would have done much to change the Old Lady's ultimate fate, mind. Bayern were happy to pass things around in the centre of the pitch, denying their hosts possession and drawing the sting out of the match.
Jupp Heynckes then added insult to injury by adding Claudio Pizarro to the fray, which should have been a hint to all involved that we should pack up and go home. Ten minutes and one Pizarro goal, rolled past Buffon after a lovely Schweinsteiger pass, later, we did just that. Bayern Munich are in the semifinals -- and any team that draws them will look back at their utter demolition of Juventus over two legs and be afraid.