Bayern Munich squandered a good lead as Juventus scored twice in the final 30 minutes to rescue a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash in Turin on Tuesday night.
Maximilliano Allegri’s men looked down and out following a dominant opening hour for Bayern, but goals from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro ensured that they at least remain in the contest ahead of next month’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben had put Bayern ahead and they looked to be cruising before the late collapse.
The hosts threatened in the opening seconds when a ball over the top released Mario Mandzukic, although his tame effort was simple for Manuel Neuer to stop.
That was pretty much as good as it got for Juventus in the first half too, as Bayern quickly took control of the contest, testing Gianluigi Buffon for the first time after just four minutes when the Juve skipper parried Arturo Vidal’s volley away.
Juventus did make rare forays into the Bayern half, including a chance on the stretch for Mandzukic that he was unable to take, but for the most part it was one-way traffic in Bayern’s favour, and they should have broken the deadlock in the 13th minute.
Joshua Kimmich and Philipp Lahm combined to find Robert Lewandowski inside the box, but the in-form striker showed an unselfish streak by instead finding Thomas Muller. However, the ball was just behind the German, who fluffed his lines and couldn’t snap up a golden opportunity.