Bayern Munich came from two goals down to win 4-2 against Juventus on Wednesday, booking their place in the Champions League quarterfinals in the process. The victory secured a 6-4 aggregate win for Pep Guardiola's side, who showed impressive spirit against a very disciplined Juve.
Indeed, Bayern could scarcely have made a worse start, conceding the opening goal after just six minutes. A mix-up between Manuel Neuer and David Alaba allowed Stephan Lichtsteiner to stick a boot on a chipped Sami Khedira pass, with the ball subsequently breaking for Pogba on the edge of the area. The Frenchman gleefully accepted Bayern's gift, and tapped into the empty net.
The following few minutes were marked by Bayern dominance, though Pep Guardiola's side looked uncharacteristically static in possession. They struggled to find a route through Juventus' deep defence, with Max Allegri's side doing an awful lot to perpetuate the miserly Italian stereotype.
Juve matched their defensive organisation with some deadly counter-attacking, and they doubled their advantage just short of the half hour. Khedira nicked the ball from Lewandowski on the edge of Juve's own area, before feeding Álvaro Morata. A spectacular run culminated in a clever pass for teammate Cuadrado, who cut back before poking into Neuer's top corner.
Bayern were reeling, and it took them until the stroke of halftime to create their first clear cut chance. A loose ball broke for Thomas Müller in the area, though his shot was blocked by Gianluigi Buffon from point-blank range. Robert Lewandowski pounced on the rebound, but couldn't bring the ball under control.
Juve would've been expecting Bayern to lob everything but the kitchen sink in their direction after the restart, but they remained in admirable control. Indeed, they almost added a third just short of the hour, when Pogba's fine through ball found Morata, only for the Spaniard to fire over after skipping into the penalty area.
The clock ticked on and Bayern showed no sign of getting back into the game. However, inside the final 20 minutes a perfect Douglas Costa cross proved enough to finally undo Juve's defence, with Lewandowski arriving to head home and bring the Bavarians within a goal. Suddenly it was game on, and Bayern were committing almost everybody forward.
It took until stoppage time, but eventually Bayern's pressure told. A cross by Juve loanee Kingsley Coman was inch-perfect, and found Thomas Müller arriving at the back post. He powered a header beyond Buffon and into the back of the net, and took the game into extra time.
The first chance after the restart was Juve's, though Lichtsteiner fired straight at Neuer after being laid on by substitute Mario Mandžukić. It was otherwise Bayern who were doing all of the attacking. Juve rather unsurprisingly looked leggy after their earlier efforts, and if any side were going to break the deadlock before penalties, it looked like it'd be the hosts.
So it proved. It took until the second half of extra time, but eventually the Bavarians edged ahead. A brilliant one-two between Thiago and Müller on the edge of the Juve box culminated in the former slotting beyond Buffon and into the back of the net.
Within just a couple of minutes, Bayern wrapped it up. Teenage attacker Coman hammered the nail into his parent club's coffin, jinking inside off the right before curling past Buffon for 4-2. A demoralized Juve had no response to this bitter blow, save for a Mandžukić half-chance on a deep Pogba cross; unfortunately, Neuer denied them a way back into the match.
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer; David Alaba, Medhi Benatia (Juan Bernat 46'), Joshua Kimmich, Philipp Lahm; Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso (Kingsley Coman 60'); Franck Ribéry (Thiago Alcântara 101'), Thomas Müller, Douglas Costa; Robert Lewandowski.
Goals: Lewandowski (73'), Müller (90+1'), Thiago (108'), Coman (110')
Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon; Patrice Evra, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Hernanes, Sami Khedira (Stefano Sturaro 68'), Paul Pogba; Alex Sandro, Álvaro Morata (Mario Mandžukić 72'), Juan Cuadrado (Roberto Pereyra 89').
Goals: Pogba (5'), Cuadrado (28').
1. Kingsley Coman made the difference
Juve's defeat will feel extra bitter for Bianconeri supporters, knowing that the difference was made by one of their former players. French teenager Kingsley Coman move to Bayern on loan from Juve in the summer, with the Bavarian club having the opportunity to make the deal permanent for a sum of €21 million. There's surely now no doubt that they'll activate that clause. Coman was outstanding after coming off the bench on the hour mark, with his sublime wing-play proving to be decisive in separating these sides. He's looking ever more like a real star in the making.
2. Bayern were uncharacteristically rigid
Pep Guardiola's teams have historically been quite defensively fragile, but have disguised it with their masterful positioning domination of possession. However, for large portions of this match they showed only their fragility, and they caused relatively few problems for Juve's superbly organized defense. In the end, it wasn't any supreme quality that allowed them to claw their way back into the match before extra time; it was a couple of rather rudimentary crosses. Pep certainly won't consider this to be his magnum opus, despite their improvement in extra time.
3. Álvaro Morata is magnificent
For 70 minutes it was a spectacular performance from Juventus, with every one of their players running themselves into the ground for the cause. However, perhaps the pick of the lot was Spanish striker Álvaro Morata, who created the second goal with a lung-busting run from inside his own half. He matches lightning footwork with pace and physicality; he really does look the real deal. If the rumours of Real Madrid having a buyback clause are true, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back at the Bernabéu in the future.