On this day in history, Bayern Munich faced Italian giants, Juventus, in a highly memorable fixture for the ages. On March 16th, 2016, Juventus traveled to the Allianz Arena for the second leg of the Round of 16 tie. Those who packed into the Allianz Arena were treated with nothing short of particular that day. It was set up to be quite the matchup after the teams drew level at 2-2 in Turin.
Juventus scored twice in the first 30 minutes of the second leg to make things difficult for Bayern, needing at least two more goals in regulation to have any aspirations of advancing through the stage. Bayern Munich was even up 2-0 in the first leg, so losing this would be disastrous for the German champions. To make things worse, if Juventus scored again, the Bavarians would need a fourth goal to scathe an early exit from the tournament.
It wasn’t until the 73rd minute, when Bayern finally broke through and put one past legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon. However, that wouldn’t be enough as Bayern still needed another goal to bring the game to extra time. After 90 minutes, they still did not have that goal.
However, in the 91st minute, none other than the Raumdeuter himself, Thomas Müller, scored a header off of an incredible cross from Kingsley Coman. Thomas Müller’s goal gave Bayern Munich a sense of relief as they had now come back from the deficit and would be heading into extra time at a level score.
With the momentum and home crowd passion burning strong, Bayern Munich stormed into extra time when Thiago Alcantara gave the home team a 3-2 lead (5-4 on agg.) in the 107th minute. The game was not over yet though. Since Juventus was playing on the road, it would take just one Juventus goal to level the tie on aggregate (and advancing through away goals ruling).
It was not Juventus’ day though, as Coman scored the dagger goal in the 110th minute with a stunning left-footed strike. This gave Bayern a 4-2 lead, which they hold on to as they advanced through the Round of 16. This remains one of the most exciting games in recent history for the club, and something that will not be forgotten, despite the eventual defeat in the Semi-Finals to Atletico Madrid.
#OnThisDay in 2016:— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 16, 2019
#FCBayern 4⃣➖2⃣ Juventus
0-1 #Pogba (5')
0-2 #Cuadrado (28')
1-2 @lewy_official (73')
2-2 @esmuellert_ (90'+1)
3-2 @Thiago6 (108')
4-2 #Coman (110') pic.twitter.com/f3jzoyF1JX
Possibly the best thing about this whole game is the fact that Kingsley Coman was on loan from Juventus at the time. It is no surprise that he never returned to Turin and has played a massive role for the German giants ever since. Although Coman’s contribution in this game was incredible, I can think of one more match where he scored an even more iconic goal. Since Coman was born in Paris, it almost seems like he was designed for these dagger goals.
A six-goal thriller between Bayern & Juventus #OTD in 2016 #UCL | @FCBayernEN pic.twitter.com/TyZmdPUESD— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 16, 2021