Alaba and Muller put Bayern on brink of last four

Bayern Munich 2 Juventus 0

Alaba and Muller put Bayern on brink of last four

A goal inside the first minute from David Alaba — who broke Irish hearts while on international duty with Austria last week — set Bayern on their way and Thomas Muller added a second just after the hour mark as the German giants built a healthy advantage to take to Italy for their return leg.

Arjen Robben, who started on the bench but was thrown into the action after just 16 minutes due to an injury to Toni Kroos, said he was happy with the result.

“When we spoke about the game before we said we couldn’t concede a goal, that was the important thing and in the end 2-0 at home, good advantage,” he said.

“I think it was a very good game to watch, because both teams were pressing forward and it was almost one against one all over the pitch.

“I think there was a period in the first half, just after I came on, where they made some mistakes and we had some good chances. It was just a bit unfortunate that we didn’t score another goal,” he continued.

Indeed, following their 9-2 mauling of Hamburg at the weekend, confidence was high and they could hardly have had a better start when Alaba picked up the ball 30 yards from goal before unleashing a left-footed effort which, after clipping the end of Arturo Vidal’s boot, swerved past Buffon and nestled in the bottom corner.

Juve might have felt a little unlucky to have conceded in that fashion but they could consider themselves fortunate not to have conceded more during a half that Bayern controlled.

With their tails up, the Germans were employing a shoot-on-sight policy and another effort from outside the box led to their second in the 63rd minute.

Buffon kept out Luiz Gustavo’s initial effort but the rebound was picked up by Mario Mandzukic and he laid the ball back into the centre for Muller to tap into an empty net.

Buffon might well have kept Juve’s hopes of turning the tie around alive when he produced a superb one-handed save to deny Muller a second in the 90th minute. Time will tell how crucial the miss could be.

BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Gustavo, Muller, Kroos (Robben 16), Ribery (Shaqiri 90), Mandzukic (Gomez 90).

JUVENTUS: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso (Pogba 75), Matri (Vucinic 65), Quagliarella (Giovinco 65).

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England).

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