Bayern advance after Champions League thriller
Thomas Mueller equalised in the first minute of injury time and Bayern Munich scored two more goals in extra time to complete a thrilling 4-2 victory over Juventus yesterday that sent the German powerhouse into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Thiago Alcantara scored in the 108th minute to put Bayern ahead for good in the second-leg match of the last 16, and Kingsley Coman, on loan from Juventus, added the hosts' fourth goal just two minutes later to seal a 6-4 victory on aggregate.
Bayern trailed 2-0 at half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado put Juventus firmly in charge. The home side looked to be on the way out until Robert Lewandowski scored in the 73rd and Mueller's late header changed everything.
"To score four goals against an Italian side, wow, compliments to my team," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
The match, at least in regulation time, was nearly a replica of the first leg in Turin, where Bayern dominated and led 2-0 before Juventus struck back with two late goals to salvage a draw.
Juventus, last season's runners-up, produced a clever tactical display, defending smartly and relying on dangerous counterattacks. And they were seconds away from success.
"It's disappointing because we were so close," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
In the other match played yesterday, Barcelona's big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.
Mohamed Elneny got the consolation goal for Arsenal.