Juventus 1 – 4 Bayern Munich – German show of efficiency condemns Juve to Europa League

SerieaballAll Juventus needed to qualify for the next round was a point, but instead they got a lesson in humility.


The Old Lady put on an awful display in front of their own fans. It was obvious that this game was very important as soon as it began, when in the second minute, a ball managed to get behind Bayern Munich’s defence, although they were able to clear it. Bayern responded in the fourth minute, when Bastian Schweinsteiger managed to balloon his shot over the bar. Out of the two teams Bayern looked more likely to score, and it was the Germans who had a perfect scoring opportunity when Ivica Olic’s header beat Gianluigi Buffon but got a vital deflection of Martin Caceres to send it the wrong way.

Finally in the 19th minute a cross from Claudio Marchisio reached Davide Trezeguet, and with his first touch of the ball, the Frenchman opened the scoring for Juve. The fans and players went wild as this means that they have a chance for qualification. This prompted Bayern to intensify their efforts, and Schweinsteiger forced Buffon to make a wonderful save when he denied his effort on goal. He had to be at full stretch and just finger-tipped his screamer out from under the bar.

Defensive mistakes and Caceres desperately trying to stop Olic, inadvertently brought him down. This then lead to a penalty, which was surprisingly taken by goalkeeper Hans- Jorg- Butt. He then sent Buffon the wrong way and levelled things up for the German side. This was then followed by an onslaught of attacks by Bayern and led to Juve losing more and more possession.

The second half saw Juventus attacking when they had a flurry of chances but did not do enough to put them away. Then they had to deal with Bayern Munich pushing forward and exploiting the gaps left by Juve’s sudden surge forward, looking for the winning goal, and sure enough they got their chance when five minutes after the re start Danijel Pranjic got his side a corner and Olic beat Buffon to put his side 2-1 ahead. Juve were noticeably shell shocked and Ciro Ferrara decided to make a change when he took of Diego for Amauri in the 65th minute. A minute later Juve have a chance, but Trezeguet hit the ball high over the bar.

Ferrara seemed to be getting desperate when he brought on Sebastien Giovinco for Felipe Melo in the 81st minute but that didn’t help much as in the 83rd minute Mario Gomez put the ball past Buffon to make it 3-1. Right at the end of the second half Juve were denied a free- kick when Giovinco was brought to the ground just outside the area, and then disaster struck when deep into stoppage time Anatolly Tymoschuk has a powerful strike from distance beating Buffon, and making the full-time score 4-1 to Bayern.

SerieaballLouis Van Gaal: “We always tried to go forward with conviction and maybe this was simply too much for Juve.”

Ciro Ferrara: “I don’t think it is right to put the blame on anyone. As the whole team didn’t play up to scratch.”

SerieaballBayern Munich always seemed in control and it is evident with the amount of possession they were allowed to have. Bayern had 63% possession and 22 shots – seven of which were goal bound. They showed they wanted the win more with their attacking style of play.

A huge amount of defensive errors and bad marking lead to the fall of Juventus. As soon as Butt got the equalizer Juve looked rattled. They could see that their hope of Champions League football was hanging by a thread but they were hopeless to stop it going away.

As soon as the second half was under way the Bianconeri were on the back foot and Nicola Legrottaglie did all he could do to defend, but it just wasn’t enough. Juve were continually giving away the ball in their half and were simply crumbling as the goals started flying in. Ferrara had said before the game how they saw this fixture as a final, but it was more like the final nail in his Champions League coffin.

Juventus Bayern Munich – Trezeguet 19, Butt 30, Olic 52, Gomez 83, Tymoschuk 90

Juventus (4-3-1-2): Buffon- Caceres, Legrottaglie, Cannavaro, Grosso-Camoranesi, Melo ( Giovinco 81), Marchisio- Diego ( Amauri 65)- Del Piero ( Poulsen 45), Trezeguet

Bayern Munich ( 4-4-2): Butt- Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber- Muller, Van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Pranjic ( Robben 73)- Olic ( Tymoschuk 79), Gomez


Juventus- Bayern Munich

2- Corners – 11

6 (1) – Shots ( on target) – 22 (7)

16 – Fouls – 13

0 () – Yellow cards ( Red) – 3 (0)

2 – Offside – 3

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