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Monday 23 October 2017

Bayern back from the dead

Bayern Munich 4 Juventus 2 (Bayern win 6-4 on agg)

Tiago Alcantara
Tiago Alcantara

Bayern Munich scored twice in extra time to battle back from two goals down and beat Juventus 4-2 last night to march into the Champions League last eight with a 6-4 aggregate victory.

Thiago Alcantara drilled in after 108 minutes and Kingsley Coman curled in their fourth goal as Bayern, who needed a 90th-minute equaliser from Thomas Mueller to force extra time, finished stronger to keep up their treble hopes.

In a reverse of the first leg when Juve came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2, Bayern dug deep to score twice in the second half.

It was the Bianconeri who drew first blood with Frenchman Pogba capitalising on a David Alaba mistake to beat Manuel Neuer.

Spaniard Alvaro Morata then made a 40-metre run past four Bayern players to send Cuadrado through for their second goal.

Juve, who have let in only one goal in 12 Serie A matches this year, remained solid at the back and kept taking stabs at the shaky Bayern defence.

Poland striker Lewandowski headed in at the far post for his eighth goal of the campaign to reignite the home side's hopes in the 73rd minute, triggering a dramatic finale in which Mueller scored in almost identical fashion.

Substitute Thiago got the goal they needed and Coman, on loan at Bayern from Juve, completed a memorable comeback as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his hopes of a Champions League title in his last season in Munich.

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