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Bayern ‘two’ good for Juventus

Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after their 2-0 win at home to Juventus on Tuesday in the quarter-final, first leg clash.

Munich needed less than a minute to take the lead over the Italians through a thunderous strike by Austria defender David Alaba before Germany’s Thomas Mueller grabbed Bayern’s second at the Allianz Arena with an hour gone.

With both sides top of their respective leagues, Bundesliga giants Bayern are bidding to reach their third Champions League final in four years while Juventus have won all five of their previous European quarter-finals against German teams.

But Juventus will have to produce a top performance next week if they are to maintain that record as Bayern dominated this match.

Munich coach Jupp Heynckes demonstrated Bayern’s strength in depth by leaving Peru striker Claudio Pizarro on the bench  despite scoring four goals in Saturday’s 9-2 rout of Hamburg with Mario Mandzukic starting as the lone striker. Toni Kroos’ early groin injury meant Bayern had to shuffle their midfield with Arjen Robben coming onto the right-wing, Mueller moving into the middle with Franck Ribery on the left.

With Munich aiming to become the first German club to claim the treble of domestic league, cup and Champions League titles, Bayern can wrap up the Bundesliga on Saturday if they win at Eintracht Frankfurt.    
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