Bayern Munich 2 Juventus 0 match report: Jupp Heynckes' Champions League homework pays off for Bayern
David Alaba set Bayern on their way and Thomas Müller added a second
Wednesday 03 April 2013
Bayern Munich’s bid to reach a third Champions League final in four years remains on track after they earned a deserved victory over Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final.
A goal inside the first minute from David Alaba set Bayern on their way and Thomas Müller added a second just after the hour mark as the German side built a healthy advantage to take to Italy.
"We prepared really well and that was the key," the Bayern coach, Jupp Heynckes said. "Our pressing, our dribbling on the flanks, the way we closed them down... Against a team like Juventus, the small details play a big role and that was the case today. That is why I studied them so closely."
Alaba scored after 30 seconds to set Bayern Munich on their way, although it could have been much worse for the Italians. Their playmaker Andrea Pirlo made several uncharacteristic mistakes as his overrun side lost their first European match for three years after an 18-match unbeaten run.
Alaba's speculative effort caught Gianluigi Buffon off-guard as it bounced in the penalty area and landed in the bottom corner.
Müller added Bayern's second goal in a meeting of the German and Italian league leaders after Buffon had trouble with a long-range effort from Luiz Gustavo.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte refused to write his side off and he said: "It's a tough result. But we still have the second leg and in football, you play until the end before drawing conclusions."
Man of the match Alaba.
Match rating 6/10.
Referee M Clattenburg (Eng).
Second leg Wed 10 April, Juventus Stadium
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