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Bayern ride on past dodgy Juve

Second half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro sealed Bayern Munich’s Champions League semifinal place with a classy 2-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday.

Juve were sorely exposed by the newly-crowned German champions in a 2-0 defeat in last week’s first leg of their quarterfinal clash.

However, Antonio Conte’s side put up a better performance on Wednesday before hope faded when Mandzukic headed past Gianluigi Buffon in the 64th minute after the ‘keeper had saved from Javier Martinez.

As Juve lost bite in the closing stages, Pizarro capitalised on some sloppy defending to beat Buffon two minutes into injury-time to leave the Italian giants with a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

Juve, unbeaten at home in the competition since a 4-1 rout by Bayern in 2009, pressed hard for an early goal but the Serie A champions ultimately came up short where it mattered. Bayern were finding few opportunities, but looking dangerous when they did.

In the second halfMidfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the free kick and when Buffon parried Martinez’s first-timer Mandzukic was on hand to head the ball home.

Robben forced a diving save out of Buffon in the closing stages, but the ‘keeper was left virtually stranded in injury time as Pizarro collected Schweinsteiger’s pass to hit Bayern’s second. Juventus hopes thus faded away in a deserving manner as they were no way near to their rivals.
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