Juventus fought back to secure a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in Turin and keep their hopes alive of making the Champions League quarterfinals. Last season’s finalists had been decidedly second best for the first hour against the German champions, with Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben finding the net either side of halftime. But Massimiliano Allegri’s side didn’t wilt and got back on level terms with two goals in 13 minutes from Paulo Dybala and substitute Stefano Sturaro.
It leaves Juventus with plenty of hope to take to the Allianz Arena in three weeks’ time, and surely plenty of frustration for Bayern at relinquishing the chance to all but seal the Round-of-16 tie in the first leg. Still, the two away goals still leaves Pep Guardiola's men in the ascendency as the Catalan seeks to end his final season with a Champions League title.
And that will be particularly pleasing for Guardiola, who came into the match without a fully fit center-back. Going up against a Juventus side that had won 15 successive matches prior to a draw this past weekend, the way Bayern controlled proceedings at a stadium that has been a fortress for the Italian champions was hugely impressive.
A goal to take the lead two minutes before halftime was the least they deserved. It came via the aid of Bayern’s two wide men, with Robben’s deep cross being helped back into the danger zone by Douglas Costa, before a touch off a Juventus defender fell perfectly for Muller to side-foot home first time.
The goal was the first Juventus had conceded at home in six matches, and 10 minutes after the halftime interval it was followed by another. It was an incisive break from the 2012 winners and losing semifinalists of the past two seasons, with Robert Lewandowski laying the ball off to Robben, who pulled off his trademark move, cutting inside a hapless Andrea Barzagli before curling a shot into the far corner with his left foot.
At that point it appeared that Bayern could go on to put the tie beyond all doubt and perhaps even replicate Bayern’s hammering of Roma in last season’s group stage. Instead, Juventus showed their character, and with the help of Bayern’s makeshift defense they came roaring back.
In the 63rd minute, Bayern’s midfielder-defender Joshua Kimmich gave the ball straight to Mario Mandzukic, who quickly found Dybala to beat Manuel Neuer and continue his fine debut season in Turin. With 14 minutes remaining, the game was tied up. Alvaro Morata, who had only just replaced Dybala, headed the ball perfectly across the six-yard box for Sturaro to poke home.