Mirko Vucevic called for a war, and a war he got. An extremely physical game remained deadlocked until the 65th minute, when Mario Mandzukic's header off of Javi Martinez deflected shot gave Bayern the Juve-sinker. Here are some notes, taken throughout the game:
- For most other teams, losing a player that has started most of the season would be a big deal. But Mandzukic's yellow card just means that Mario Gomez will probably start in the next round.
- Some moments early definitely could make someone's heart skip a beat. Philipp Lahm's foul on Quagliarella could have been a yellow if he didn't get any of the ball, and a Neuer power punch on the Andrea Pirlo free kick definitely heightened everybody's blood pressure. The one that was the heart-stopper though was the Paul Pogba cross in front of goal that nobody (luckily) got on the end of.
- This might be self-evident, but Jupp Heynckes taking off Daniel van Buyten in the 35th minute was very wise. This game was not one to have a 35-year-old defender that had just taken a hard knock struggling with pain in the middle of defense.
- David Alaba's growth as a left back has been astounding. He still has the attributes of an attacking midfielder, but now has also developed his man marking. He may be the best left back in the world right now.
- The way that Bayern were going to ensure their aggregate lead stayed put was to play like they had to win the game. After seeing Real Madrid struggle with Galatasaray on Tuesday, Bayern created more chances and didn't sit back. Sometimes a good defense starts with good offense – keeping the ball out of your own half.
- Forget the great delivery from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the clinical finish from Mandzukic for a second. Martinez did a tremendous job getting that ball on frame at all. The Schweinsteiger in-swinger was right where it needed to be, but Martínez was one of only a few players that could have gotten to that ball.
- It almost felt like the game was going to get out of hand after the goal, wasn't it? The game was very physical up to that point already, but this reached a whole new level.
- Seeing Claudio Pizarro score the goal in injury time was like seeing my childhood best friend at my bachelor party.
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MIA SAN MIA!