FC bayern impressively underpinned its champions league title ambitions. The bundesliga dominator set course for the semifinals with a commanding 2-0 (1-0) win over italian champions juventus turin.
Three days after the 9:2 gala against hamburger sv, the munich team once again gave a demonstration of its strength. David alaba scored after only 26 seconds on tuesday evening, thomas muller (63.) scored his fifth goal of the season in the konigsklasse and put the 150th goal in the history of the club. Munchner european cup win for sure. However, toni kroos will be missing for several weeks with a torn muscle bundle.
"The team played outstanding soccer," praised bayern coach jupp heynckes. "One can be highly satisfied. It was the best champions league game this season. That’s the result we wanted," said a satisfied bayern chairman karlheinz rummenigge. Captain philipp lahm warned: "we’re not through yet. Juve is a real top team. " Even bastian schweinsteiger wasn’t entirely satisfied with his goal haul. "My feeling is that we should have scored one more goal," he said, and thomas muller also complained: "the third goal was still missing."
In front of 68,000 spectators in the sold-out allianz arena, the munich team dominated the game even against the turiners, who were previously unbeaten at the european level. One shortcoming: they turned their dominance into too little in the way of results. The record champion can look forward to the return match on wednesday next week with optimism, especially since juventus will then have to do without two proven players: both ex-bundesliga professional arturo vidal and swiss national player stephan lichtsteiner will be absent due to yellow suspension.
The game could not have started better for the hosts. Juve goalkeeper gianluigi buffon had to make a save just 26 seconds into the game. Alaba’s shot from just over 25 meters was slightly deflected by ex-leverkusen’s vidal, making the ball look bad to buffon with an unusual trajectory. Only roy makaay had scored faster for bayern in the champions league, six years ago against real madrid (2:1) after just ten seconds. Buffon had previously remained unconquered in the konigsklasse 490 minutes.
With the early lead in the back, the bavarians remain the guest once again briefly the midfield. Andrea pirlos freistob (11.) from 30 meters just crossed the bar, a little later vidal caused danger. But then only the munich team played.
Heynckes had to make changes after just a quarter of an hour. Toni kroos injured himself in a duel with swiss national player stephan lichtsteiner without the opponent’s intervention and had to leave with a torn muscle bundle in the adductor area. According to bayern, he will be out for about six weeks. Arjen robben came on for kroos and made a splendid start: buffon had to use all his skill against his shot.
Italy’s national goalkeeper was from now on permanently employed. Franck ribery hit the roof of the net, and dante and schweinsteiger also had good opportunities. The bayern dominance underlined 5:2 corners after less than half an hour. Juventus struggled to build up play against a well-positioned bavaria side, but increasingly brought nodding to the encounter.
There was nothing to criticize about munich’s play in the first half – except for the way they made the most of their chances. The central position of the early substituted kroos took muller well, robben acted for muller more from the wing and made pressure. Bayern created plenty of chances against juventus – but neither mario mandzukic, who played up front for claudio pizarro, nor bastian schweinsteiger took advantage of juve’s luck shortly before the break.
The sovereign table leader of the series A acted rather unimaginatively. However, they remained dangerous because of their outstanding individual players, as leonardo bonucci did just before the final whistle, almost out of nowhere. DFB shocker pirlo, who set up the decisive goals in the semifinal victories against germany in 2006 and 2012, only demonstrated his ability at corners and the free kick.
At the start of the second half, munich took it a little easier, but remained dangerous even with a reduced number of shots, for example through mandzukic or alaba’s long-range shot. Luiz gustavo, a strong substitute for the yellow-suspended midfielder javi martinez, tried it from a distance. Buffon could not hold the ball, his mistake was used by mandzukic and passed to muller, who had no trouble to push in from close range to 2:0.
The bavarians wanted more, muller (78)./90.) had other good chances. On the other side was bayern keeper manuel neuer after almost 70 minutes the first time challenged, but was against vidal twice on the post. Ribery was lucky that his brutal foul on vidal went unpunished.