Bayern and Barca earn big edges in quarters

Posted by Juan Figueira, ESPN Stats & Information

Four league leaders squared off on the first day of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and two of them take significant edges to next week's second legs.

In Munich, David Alaba scored in the first minute to give Bayern Munich an early advantage over Juventus. It was Alaba’s fifth goal of the season with Bayern and his second in Champions League. The early strike wasn't even the fastest Champions League goal in club history; Bayern's Roy Makaay scored the fastest UCL goal ever, 10 seconds in against Real Madrid in 2007.

Despite the early disadvantage, Juventus did not seize the initiative, finishing the first half with only four shots. Out of its 296 first-half touches, only 33 percent were in the attacking half. Meanwhile, Bayern had fewer touches (279), but 49 percent were in the opponent’s half.

In the second half Thomas Müller doubled Bayern’s advantage with his 18th club goal this season. Juve ended the game with a total of eight shots, two on goal; Bayern had 22 shots, nine on goal.

Prior to this game, Juve hadn’t given up a goal in the first 15 minutes of any league or UCL game this season, and the loss ended an 18-game European unbeaten streak for the Italian side.

The 2-0 win makes Bayern Munich an 88.0 favorite heading to next week's second leg in Turin.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain drew 2-2 against Barcelona, which played the second half without the injured Lionel Messi. The Argentine scored in the 38th minute off a Dani Alves assist. It was Messi’s eighth goal of the Champions League season and made him the sixth player with 60 career goals in UEFA competitions.

Barcelona outplayed the home team during the first half, more than doubling PSG’s touches (484-218). Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham combined for a total of 50 touches in the first half, while Messi alone had 52, of which 29 were in the attacking third.

In the second half, the difference was not as evident, as PSG had 253 touches to Barcelona's 322. Moreover, without Messi on the field, Barcelona’s touches in the offensive third of the field decreased by 40 percent (from 150 in the first half to 90).

Ibrahimovic tied the game at 1, his second goal in Champions League play this season. And PSG's Blaise Matuidi dramatically tied the game at 2 in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Matuidi's goal gives PSG a bit more hope heading to Barcelona next week. With a 2-1 win, Barca would have been a 93.7 percent favorite to advance, according to ESPN's Soccer Power Index. The draw makes Barcelona an 85.6 percent favorite.

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