Juventus hit back to draw 2-2 with Bayern


February 24, 2016
Bayern's Arjen Robben (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg match against Juventus at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy yesterday.

TURIN, Italy (AP):

Juventus came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match yesterday.

Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored either side of half-time for Bayern but Paulo Dybala reduced the deficit with his first Champions League goal shortly after the hour.

That seemed to inspire Juventus, who almost levelled shortly afterward, before substitute Stefano Sturaro grabbed the equaliser 14 minutes from time.

"We need to build on the second half in which the lads played brilliantly," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We need to improve from the first half but don't forget that Bayern is a great team, you just need to see how they pass the ball. And we didn't give them too many chances.

"They dropped a bit in the second half and we got braver. That's what we need. In Europe you need a lot more courage because what we are doing in the league is not enough."

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was mainly a spectator in the first period, when he was often the only player in his half, cutting a lonely figure as far up the pitch as around the center circle.

"It was a good Champions League match between two great teams," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola. "We had a really great performance. We can't forget who we played against last year's finalists, champions of Italy the past four years, just won 15 games in a row ... I'm a bit disappointed by how we played not to have won but that's football."

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