MOTD halftime- Bayern Munich 1-0 Juventus

Juventus are lucky not to be down by more, with Bayern dominating so far in the first leg of their Champions League Quarterfinal tie.  Bayern started the match dominantly, and amazingly opened the scoring only fifty-five seconds into the match when Juve’s Andrea Pirlo lost the ball inside his own half.  The ball fell to Bayern left-back David Alaba, who slightly mishit a shot from forty-yards out.  It took a slight deflection of Arturo Vidal and amazingly flew into the corner of the net without Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon even getting near it.  Juve didn’t seem fazed though, with Pirlo flashing a free-kick inches over the crossbar from thirty yards out in the twelfth minute.  Seconds later Juve almost equalized when Vidal hit a swerving shot from a twenty-five yards out, and the shot flashed inches wide of the woodwork.  Despite seeing most of the possession after Bayern’s goal, Juve started to fade out of the match.  Bayern took advantage of that, and took complete control of the match about fifteen minutes into the match.

The German side almost doubled their lead in the eighteenth minute when Franck Ribery stormed down the right flank and hit a low cross of the face of the goal.  Juve’s Andrea Barzagli tried to clear the ball out of the area, but it fell straight to Arjen Robben six yards out from goal.  Robben hit a low volley on goal, and Buffon did well to save the effort with his feet.  Bayern were in total control of the match, with Ribery and Dante both shooting inches wide of the post.

In the thirty-second minute Bayern got another chance to equalize when Tomas Muller ran down the left flank past two Juve defenders.  Muller perfectly cut the ball back to Robben, who whizzed an effort millimeters wide of the near post from four yards out.  Seconds later Robben had another chance to score, but his effort from the edge of the box was straight at Buffon.  Bayern were denied a clear penalty in the fortieth minute when Robben played the ball across the face of goal straight to Mario Mandzukic, who had been having a very good game, only for Mandzukic to be clipped by Giorgio Chiellni.  Referee Mark Clattenburg did not award a penalty though, with Mandzukic left there stunned (that there was no penalty).  In the final seconds of the half Juve did get a good chance to equalize when Pirlo whipped in a corner to the near post, and Leonardo Bonucci latched on to it with a glancing header that went just over the bar.  But neither side could score, and after two minutes of injury-time the first half ended 1-0.

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