A most remarkable UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie ended with Bayern Munich coming back from the brink to beat Juventus in a thrilling knockout match. The following are player ratings for the match.
Manuel Neuer 6
After a bad pass from the back led to Juve equalizing in the first leg, Neuer’s distribution was questionable once again. Displayed calamitous decision-making which led to the away side’s first goal and was lucky to not be penalized for another errant pass, when Alvaro Morata’s cool chip was incorrectly ruled offside. Kept the crowd at the Allianz Arena nervous throughout the match with some borderline passes and would have received a lower rating but for a superb save when Juan Cuadrado looked destined to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half time. Made another excellent save in the dying embers of the match to deny Mario Mandzukic.
David Alaba 3
One of the worst performances in the Austrian international’s Bayern career. All over the shop while defending a ball over the top that led to Juve’s first goal. Tried to atone for his error by supporting the attack, but kept misplacing passes before crucially ceding possession in the attacking third leading to Morata’s run and assist for the second goal. Roasted again by Morata at the beginning of the second half when switched to centre back, but was comfortable once the Spaniard was substituted.
Medi Beanti 3
Dragged all over the place by Juve’s fluidity and was left chasing shadows as Morata, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro and Cuadrado all ghosted by him in the first half. Mercifully substituted at the half. Benatia still has to justify the large sums of money Bayern paid Roma for his services.
Joshua Kimmich 5
Similar to his partners, Kimmich couldn’t live with Morata. In fairness, didn’t actually make any errors with the ball but was clear for everyone to see that he is not a natural defender. Showed glimpses in the second half of why Guardiola trusts him so much, playing some lovely diagonals as the home side ratcheted up the pressure.
Philipp Lahm 6
The only calm presence in the Bayern defence when all around him were losing the plot. Contributed to Bayern retaining possession in Juve’s half, however was not accurate when presented with crossing opportunities. Remained largely untroubled on the flanks from the beginning of the second half.
Xabi Alonso 5
Couldn’t get his metronomic passing going and was guilty of trying the Hollywood ball too often. Usually great at taking defensive positions, Alonso was completely overrun by the pressing of Juve’s engine room. That he was withdrawn early in the second half was no surprise.
Arturo Vidal 7
Made an excellent attacking run into the box as early as the third minute of the match but failed to connect cleanly with a pass from Douglas Costa. Like his teammates, got his feathers ruffled in the first half. His energy and drive were crucial in the turnaround, however. Seemed more comfortable once Alonso left the pitch. Dropped deep to start Bayern’s attacks before acting as the link up man further up the field in the last 20 minutes. Displayed his hallmark pressing when nicking the ball that found Kingsley Coman in space to cross for the equalizer. The Chilean is definitely getting better as the season progresses.
Franck Ribéry 6
Expected to play a leading role in Arjen Robben’s absence, Ribery’s first half was error strewn, full of errant crosses and misplaced passes in the final third. Gained confidence in the second half and had Stephan Lichtsteiner’s number for the last half an hour of the match as he consistently dribbled past the right back. As he works his way to full fitness, the French winger’s final ball is bound to get better.
Douglas Costa 9
A supreme display by the Brazilian. Even when Juve had the stranglehold, Costa was the only Bayern player to trouble the visitors in the first half. The ball almost glued to his feet at times, he dribbled and ran past players almost at will. Consistently played in excellent crosses and one cute pass to Thomas Müller brought Bayern’s first shot on target in the first half. That Bayern’s first goal came courtesy of a Costa cross was no surprise, his left foot curling a sublime cross that dissected the previously impregnable back three of Patrice Evra, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli. Played the match that truly heralds his arrival as a game changer in Europe.
Thomas Müller 7
Well-marshalled by Juve’s excellent defence for most of the game, Müller tried his best to make an impact. Ran the channels but couldn’t get the ball in truly dangerous positions except when he drew a smart save from Buffon in the first half. Then, when all seemed lost, found a pocket of space to head in the equalizer in stoppage time, before assisting Thiago Alcántara’s go-ahead goal.
Robert Lewandowski 6
A frustrating evening for Bayern’s leading forward. Simply couldn’t get the better of either Bonucci or Barzagli and couldn’t stay composed in the heat of the battle. Scored an unmissable header thanks to Costa’s brilliance but was otherwise ineffectual for the rest of the match.
Juan Bernat 6
Came on in the second half to take over from Alaba at left back. Made the flank more secure as he dealt with Cuadrado’s threat and overlapped effectively with Ribery in the attacking third.
Kingsley Coman 8
Could have been considered unfortunate to miss out on a place in the starting eleven after strong showings in recent Bundesliga games. Nevertheless, Coman made a decisive contribution after coming on for Alonso. Initially seemed too easy to read for Alex Sandro, but got better as the game went on. Played the pass that found Costa in space to cross for the first goal and then delivered an excellent cross for the equalizer. Turned his engines to full blast during extra time, twisting and turning past Juve’s tiring back four before sealing the game with a wonderful run and curled finish.
Thiago Alcántara 7
Came on for 20 minutes in extra time and had a decisive impact as his brilliant one-two with Muller was followed by a calm finish for Bayern’s third goal. With his range of passing and technical skill, it is likely that Guardiola will have his compatriot play a larger role in the later rounds of the competition.
Gianluigi Buffon 6
In fairness, the veteran could do nothing about any of the four goals. Outside of that, Juve’s stalwart was hardly called to action, except to make a smart stop from Müller’s shot in the first half. His wait for a first European title with Juve continues.
Patrice Evra 6
For 85 minutes it was a masterful performance from the Frenchman. Comfortably dealt with Lahm’s overlapping runs in the first half. When Massimiliano Allegri switched to a back three in the second half, Evra slotted in seamlessly. Then made costly errors for Bayern’s second and third goals. Sometimes, there is simply no justice in football.
Leonardo Bonucci 7
Kept Lewandowski in his pocket the whole match in a masterclass of defending. Clearances and tackles were executed with usual precision and his reading of the game alongside Barzagli is second to none. Only real quality was going to come in the way of Bonucci and victory and unfortunately for Juve that is exactly what Bayern delivered. Visibly tired in extra time along with the rest of the team.
Andrea Barzagli 7
Like his partner, the veteran was exceptional. Stuck to Müller brilliantly in the first half, barely giving him an inch. As Juve’s right flank started caving in against an improved Ribery, Barzagli made several crucial interceptions and well-timed blocks. Again, was only undone by quality and then fatigue.
Stephan Lichtsteiner 6
Fantastic hassling and pressing in the first half as evidenced in the crucial role he played in Juve’s first goal. At the back, kept Ribery and Alaba in check the whole of the first half. Unfortunately regressed in the second half as he was pinned back by Ribery, contributing to Bayern’s overbearing pressure. Could have scored in the third minute of extra time but his shot lacked power and then ran out of gas.
Sami Khedira 7
Excellent pressing set the tempo for Juve’s first half. Ruffled Alonso and Vidal and clearly had the upper hand in midfield. Exactly why Allegri brought him off is unclear, as his experience and leadership could have been the difference in the home stretch.
The Brazilian made an impact in the first leg but was largely anonymous this time around. Kept possession well when he had the ball, but his role lacked clarity. Bizarrely kept on for the whole 120 minutes.
Alex Sandro 6
Played in an advanced position in the first half and was excellent. His energy and pace troubled Kimmich and Benatia as he took up dangerous positions to receive the ball out wide. Reverted to a more conventional left back role in the second half and found himself with no breathing room as first Costa and then Coman tormented him on the flanks.
Juan Cuadrado 7
Probably his best performance since the Colombian joined the Old Lady. Showed a hitherto unseen level of calmness when he finished Juve’s excellent second goal and arguably would have sealed the tie had Neuer not blocked his shot on the stroke of half time. Doubled up in defence to help Lichtsteiner and tormented Alaba on the break. Quieter in the second half as Bayern gained a foothold, but still fulfilled his defensive responsibilities diligently.
Paul Pogba 8
It is a mark of his quality that Pogba made the finish for the game’s opening goal look so easy. Many would have rushed their shot in such a position, but Pogba caressed his shot into the corner of the net with finesse. Played the role of auxiliary forward in the first half to perfection, using his strength, pace and technical ability to give Benatia and Kimmich all sorts of problems. In the second half, played the role of auxiliary full back, helping Sandro and Lichtsteiner on both flanks with some exceptionally well-timed tackles. Tried his best to drive Juve in extra time but to no avail.
Álvaro Morata 8
Morata is Juve’s man for the occasion in Europe and it was no different this time around. The Spaniard was sensational for the duration of his time on the pitch with nobody in Bayern’s defence having an answer for him. Harshly judged offside when he coolly chipped Neuer after the goalkeeper’s horrendous mistake, Morata put his head down and got on with the game. His run from just outside the box in Juve’s half to the edge of Bayern’s box in the buildup to Juve’s second goal is sure to be a part of Champions League highlight reels for years to come. Would have had an even higher rating, but for scuffing two easy chances in the second half that would have put the tie to bed. The whole flow of the game changed when Allegri subbed him. Bianconeri fans will have nightmares about that decision for quite a while yet.
Stefano Sturaro 4
Another player who made such a huge impact after coming on in the first leg, only to have a complete nightmare in the reverse fixture. Sturaro hardly did anything right, giving possession away numerous times when all Juve needed was a bit of time on the ball. Played the role of bystander as first Vidal and then Kimmich switched play around him.
Mario Mandzukic 5
A frustrating evening for the Croatian who simply didn’t offer the same kind of threat as Morata. His lack of pace emboldened Bayern’s defence to play further up the pitch, which in turn ceded Juve’s initiative. Should really have buried a header after a pearler of a cross from Pogba in extra time to at least make Bayern squirm in the last few minutes.
Roberto Pereyra 5
Honest application and tireless running is what you get from Pereyra and that’s what the Argentinean provided again. Whether that is what Juve needed at the time is another question altogether.