Bayern Rise at Home, Beat Juventus 2-0

Dennis Grombkowski

In a game that Jupp Heynckes prepared intensely for, David Alaba scored in the first 24 seconds to gift Bayern the early lead. Thomas Müller later drained a pass from Mario Mandžukić to double the advantage, and Bayern held Juventus scoreless for their first clean sheet in almost a month. Bayern now takes a 2-0 aggregate advantage into Turin for next week's 2nd leg clash.

When Juventus started the game with the turnover, the Bayern forwards immediately flocked forward to try and catch Juve on their heels. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger got the ball in the and gave way to his left back, David Alaba, who was streaking towards the center of the park.

What happened next shocked everybody, including Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Alaba had a go from 30 meters out that deflected off the oncoming Arturo Vidal challenge. The shot took a nasty dip, and the off-ballance Buffon had no chance to contort his body in time.

The scoreboard then read 1-0 Bayern after 24 seconds, the second time in two matches that die Roten had scored in the first five minutes. That exemplefied Bayern's presence, and the foot was still on the gas pedal from their previous match – a 9-2 victory of Hamburger SV – as they went on to win 2-0

"The result is good, but it wasn't easy, because the Italians had an interesting tactic," said Schweinsteiger after the game, according to FCBayern.de."My feeling was that we needed to have more goals made, but we kept a clean sheet."

There were also more woes for Vidal, as he and fellow Juventus midfielder Stephen Lichtsteiner collected yellow cards, meaning the two are banned from the return leg in Turin next week. Vidal also had a case for punishment on Franck Ribéry, as the Bayern winger stepped on Vidal's calf late in the second half.

Toni Kroos gave Bayern supporters an early scare in the 14th minute, as the 23-year-old grabbed his grabbed his groin after a challenge on Lichtsteiner and eventually had to be carried off the field. Heynckes placed Arjen Robben in for Kroos two minutes later, and FCBayern.de revealed that Toni Kroos had torn his groin.

"That is of course very bitter," Heynckes said after the game. "That is just sad for a young player that played very well this season."

Even with Bayern's lack of possession – it was the first time since February 19 that the Bavarians lost the possession battle – die Roten still got the most chances in the game, getting nine shots on target. Juventus managed only 8 shots total, their best chance coming from an Andre Pirlo free kick that did not dip deep enough to challenge Manuel Neuer.

"It was important to exploit the goal chances that they had," Franz Beckenbauer told Sky after the game. "Otherwise, Bayern did everything right."

After barraging the penalty area for the entire first hour, Bayern's second goal finally came off a deflection. Buffon saved a Luis Gustavo Diaz shot from outside the area. Mario Mandžukić cleaned up the rebound and snapped it over to Thomas Müller, who took advantage of his position in the box and beat Buffon for a goal.

The back line held strong for Bayern, preventing Juventus from getting an important goal away from home. The combination of Alaba, Phillip Lahm, Dante Bonfim and Daniel Van Buyten kept Munich's first clean sheet since March 3.

Heynckes was very excited to have a clean sheet against an Italian team, according to Spiegel. "That was a top-class leg," the manager said.

The most important part was the multiple-goal victory, though, as Bayern now take a 2-0 advantage into Turin, Italy next week.

"A brilliant game," said Karl Heinz Rummenigge, accoring to tz-online. "One can be highly content. It is a dream result. We can be confident traveling to Turin with this.

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