UEFA Champions League

October 18, 2005

Full-time

Bayern Munich

2 - 1

Juventus

Group A

18:45 +00:00, October 18, 2005

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: A deserved win for the home side. Juve were very poor, and Bayern did enough in the first half to ensure that they go in to the reverse fixture in a fortnight's time with a 100 per cent record in the Champions League group stage.

  • 91'

    Demichelis gives away a needless free-kick. Nedved smashes the ball in to a crowded box; it is only inches from the head of Del Piero, but Kahn is able to punch clear. Surely Juve's last chance.

  • 90'

    Poor marking from Bayern allowed Ibrahimovic to score from inside the six-yard box. It is the first goal Bayern have conceded in their new stadium.

  • 89'

    GOAL! Emerson flicks on Del Piero's corner at the near post, and Ibrahimovic is on hand to side-foot home a volley from a couple of yards out. A glimmer of hope for the visitors.

  • 88'

    Ze Roberto fouls Zambrotta out on the right touchline. Zambrotta takes the free-kick, curling a low cross in to the penalty area, but Juve have only four players forward and Bayern are able to clear.

  • 87'

    SUB: Scholl replaces Santa Cruz. The veteran midfielder comes on for the closing minutes to help Bayern preserve their lead. He is greeted by huge cheers from the home side.

  • 87'

    Juve manage to mount a bit of pressure on the Bayern goal, but eventually the home side clear the danger.

  • 86'

    Del Piero sends the corner out to the edge of the Bayern penalty area. Emerson shows good composure to bring the ball down and prod a shot goalwards, but Kahn makes an outstanding reflex save. Another corner.

  • 85'

    Del Piero fires a free-kick in to the penalty area, but Demichelis, outstanding tonight, clears the danger. Corner.

  • 84'

    Bayern prepare to make their second change of the evening.

  • 83'

    Ismael needs some treatment after a collision with Zambrotta. He tests his knee out on the sidelines, but is soon back in the action.

  • 82'

    Oooh! Makaay really should have broken his scoring drought as he latches on to Ibrahimovic's sliced clearance but smashes his shot straight at the legs of Abbiati from just six yards out.

  • 81'

    Ibrahimovic concedes another foul, but again avoids a booking.

  • 80'

    Demichelis makes a rare run forward in to the edge of the area. He lays the ball back to Makaay, but his right-foot shot flies a foot or so over Abbiati's bar.

  • 79'

    The pace of the game has slowed considerably in the last few minutes; Bayern know they just have to play sensible football to see this game out, and Juve appear to have all-but given the match up as a bad job.

  • 78'

    Bayern Munich have played well this evening, but the result is more down to Juventus playing so poorly.

  • 77'

    Mutu loses Ballack and rises highest at the corner, but he plants his header well wide of the post. Goalkick.

  • 76'

    Juve break down the other end, through Nedved; he chips a left-foot cross towards the back post where Del Piero waits, but Schweinsteiger spots the danger and heads out for a corner.

  • 75'

    Cannavaro makes a strong challenge on the edge of the area as he dives in and gets the ball off Ballack.

  • 74'

    Ballack wins a header from the corner, but this time Juve have a couple of men on the goal-line and hoof the ball clear.

  • 73'

    Sagnol overlaps down the right-hand side and sends over a low cross; Thuram slides in at the near post and almost puts the ball in to his own net. Corner.

  • 72'

    Thuram is pressured in to a woeful backpass towards Abbiati, and the goalkeeper is forced to put the ball out for a throw.

  • 71'

    Zambrotta gets forward down the right-hand side, but his cross is dreadfully over-hit and runs out for a goalkick.

  • 70'

    Oooh! Ze Roberto sends a low cross in to the middle, where Santa Cruz lays a great pass back in to the path of Schweinsteiger. The youngster spots a gap at the far post, but Abbiati reads his intentions and makes a comfortable save.

  • 69'

    These two sides meet again in a fortnight's time, in Turin. Juve will be looking to get their revenge in that game, and get back on course for the knock-out rounds.

  • 68'

    Ibrahimovic sends another Bayern man toppling to the turf when he brings down Lucio as they chased a ball over the top. The Swedish striker must be close to earning a yellow card.

  • 67'

    Makaay, searching for his first goal since the end of August, is again caught off-side as he attempts to get on Ballack's pass through the middle. A close decision.

  • 66'

    Ballack wins his side another corner when he breaks down the left channel and plays the ball behind off the legs of Thuram.

  • 65'

    Demichelis requires some treatment when he is caught by Ibrahimovic as they challenged for a header.

  • 64'

    SUB: Mutu replaces Trezeguet for Juve. The French striker has barely had a touch all game, and Cappello decides to use his final substitution.

  • 63'

    Juve just can't manage to string any passes together in midfield. And when they do finally get the ball in towards Ibrahimovic or Trezeguet, they have no support.

  • 62'

    Schweinsteiger's hopeful ball forward is horribly sliced by Chiellini as the Juve defender attempted to clear on the volley. Abbiati dives, but can't prevent the corner.

  • 61'

    Ze Roberto wins a foul when Zambrotta tugs at his shirt. There is plenty of space for Bayern down their left-hand side, with Zambrotta pushing so far forward.

  • 60'

    Oooh! Santa Cruz plants a free-header straight at Abbiati from six yards out. He should have done a lot better from the position he was in.

  • 59'

    Bayern look determined not to give Juve a sniff of a chance to get back in to the match; they are contesting every ball with real enthuisasm and effort.

  • 58'

    Oooh! Trezeguet fires a right-foot volley in to the side-netting from a tight angle. Had he managed to get his effort on target, it would have had Kahn in a lot of trouble.

  • 57'

    Oooh! Schweinsteiger robs Del Piero inside the Juve half. He knocks the ball to Deisler, who chips a great pass over the top to Makaay, but the Dutchman has to stretch and his volley slides a couple of feet wide of the far post.

  • 56'

    Oooh! Del Piero fires a free-kick over the top of the Bayern wall from 25 yards, but Kahn is in an excellent position and punches clear.

  • 55'

    Of course, both sides have maximum points from the group coming in to this game, and so defeat would not be a disaster for Juve.

  • 54'

    Juve win a free-kick out on the right wing. Del Piero curls a low cross in to the box, but Lucio clears on the volley.

  • 53'

    Juventus have started the second half a lot better than they finished the first, but Bayern still look so strong at the back.

  • 52'

    Ibrahimovic collects Del Piero's chipped pass, but his first-time volley flies high and wide of Kahn's goal.

  • 52'

    Makaay has scored only one goal this season, and that was some weeks ago, but he looks sharp this evening.

  • 51'

    Makaay is caught off-side as he ran on to Ballack's through-ball between Chiellini and Thuram.

  • 50'

    Deisler makes a good run across the Juventus back four out to the right wing. He finds some space and sends over a deep cross to the late-running Ballack, but Thuram stays calm and clears the danger.

  • 49'

    The Bayern supporters are loving every minute of this performance by their side; they are swaying and jumping and driving their side onwards in search of a third.

  • 48'

    Oooh! Makaay brilliantly brings the ball down out of the air on the edge of the Juventus area. He feigns a pass to Santa Cruz before opting to shoot himself, though Abbiata makes a full-stretch save.

  • 47'

    If Juventus want to get back in to this match, they have to do something about their midfield; it was completely over-run in the first half, and they Italians couldn't get any service in to Trezeguet and Ibrahimovic.

  • 47'

    Santa Cruz almost latches on to Ballack's through ball, but Cannavaro reads the danger and slides the ball away.

  • 46'

    SUB: Camoranesi off, Del Piero on, for Juve. An attacking change from Cappello, as he searches for a way back in to this match.

  • 45'

    SUB: Blasi off, Chiellini on, for Juve.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: Bayern deservedly in front; they have been dominant and incisive, and the Italians haven't had the chance to create anything.

  • 45'

    Capello may be forced to turn to his talisman, Del Piero, early in the second half if his side are to get anything out of this match.

  • 44'

    Again, Trezeguet is caught marginally off-side as the home side push out as Emerson slides a ball in to his feet.

  • 43'

    Trezeguet is caught a yard off-side as he attempts to sprint on to Emerson's through-ball in behind the Bayern back four.

  • 41'

    Juve win a corner as Khan is forced to punch out a dangerous cross, but Bayern again defend the set-piece with confidence and authority. They have been very organised in defence this evening.

  • 40'

    Oooh! Ze Roberto's positive run opens up the Juventus defence. He lays the ball out to Santa Cruz, who clips a left-foot cross in to the middle, though Makaay can only head straight at Abbiati from 10 yards out.

  • 39'

    Oooh! Zambrotta attempts to kick-start the Juve comeback, though his left-foot shot from just outside the area flies a yard or so over Khan's crossbar.

  • 38'

    This has been a disasterous start by Juventus; they are going to have to put in one Hell of a second half to drag themselves out of this mess.

  • 37'

    GOAL! The corner is curled in from the right-hand side by Deisler, and Demichelis escapes his marker to plant a header past Abbiati.

  • 36'

    Ballack wins his side a corner when he chases down a slightly over-hit pass and his cross is deflected behind by Blasi.

  • 35'

    Schweinsteiger and Ze Roberto seem to have a good understanding down the Bayern left; they are over-lapping very well and covering each other's forward runs.

  • 34'

    Juventus have only lost once this season - in the Italian super cup prior to the start of the Serie A campaign.

  • 33'

    Bayern defend the corner well, though Juventus certainly look to have the bit between their teeth since going behind.

  • 32'

    Juventus have responded well since going a goal down. Zambrotta makes a good run in to the Bayern area, and his low cross needs to be put out for a corner.

  • 31'

    The home side certainly deserve to be in front; they have dominated the opening half hour. But Abbiati will be furious with himself for allowing Deisler's shot to deceive him.

  • 30'

    GOAL! Deisler picks the ball up on the right-edge of the penalty area, goes outside his marker and fires a low shot goalwards. Abbiati seems to have it covered, although it swerves in the air and flies in to the net via his thigh.

  • 29'

    Schweinsteiger drops in to left-back in what appears to be a straight swap.

  • 28'

    SUB: Lizarazu is replaced by Schweinsteiger. Bayern's left back seemed to be struggling with a slight injury to his thigh, and has been replaced by the young German starlet.

  • 27'

    Some great defending from Sagnol at the back post; first he wins a header with Nedved after Emerson had lofted a dangerous cross in to the middle; then the French full-back mounts a Bayern counter as he flicks the ball over the heads of two Juve players who come rushing at him.

  • 26'

    Juve have really struggled to get a foothold in this match; they have barely had any meaningful possession in midfield.

  • 25'

    Abbiati requires some treatment on a kick he took to the chest during the scramble to clear the loose ball following Makaay's free-kick, but he is back on his feet after a moment or two.

  • 24'

    ...It's Makaay who fires a low shot in towards goal, which Abbiati does well to save. However, the ball escapes his grasp, and the keeper has to be very brave to dive in at the feet of Demichelis as Bayern scramble the ball clear.

  • 23'

    ...Makaay also seems interested in the free-kick, although Bayern have to wait whilst the referee sorts out the wall...

  • 22'

    Free-kick to Bayern, on the edge of the Juve area after Thuram's clumsy challenge on Santa Cruz. Another good chance for Ballack...

  • 21'

    Ibrahimovic is adjudged to have fouled Ze Roberto; the Brazilian seemed to make a bit of a meal of the challenge, though the referee isn't duped in to booking the Juve striker.

  • 20'

    Oooh! Nedved blasts a left-foot volley narrowly wide of Khan's post after he had got on the end of Trezeguet's deft header.

  • 19'

    Demichelis curls the set-piece in to the crowded penalty area, where Thuram and Ballack contest the high ball. The referee's whistle blows when he spots a handball by the Bayern man, although Ballack insists he was being pushed as the pair jumped.

  • 18'

    Bayern win a free-kick when Cannavaro is adjudged to have fouled Makaay as the two challenged for a header.

  • 17'

    Both these clubs have made excellent starts to their domestic seasons; Juve have won their first seven league matches, while Bayern are currently joint top of the Bundesliga.

  • 16'

    Juve's keeper this evening Abbiati has the unenviable task of replacing one of the world's greatest goalkeepers, Gigi Buffon, who is currently recovering from a shoulder operation.

  • 15'

    Magath looks quite relaxed on the Bayern bench, as if everything is going to his gameplan.

  • 14'

    Bayern win a throw deep in the Juventus half, but Sagnol's cross in towards Ze Roberto at the far post is much too deep.

  • 13'

    Juve are struggling to get hold of the ball and mount any real attacks; they haven't managed anything remotely close to a purposeful attack as yet.

  • 12'

    The crowd are so much closer to the pitch in this new stadium than they were at the old Olympic Stadium, and the players must feel as though they are right under the fans' noses.

  • 11'

    Sagnol wins a header and knocks the ball in to the area towards Makaay, but Cannavaro shows good strength to hold off the Bayern striker.

  • 10'

    Giannichedda earns a booking for his second rash challenge inside a couple of minutes.

  • 9'

    ...He strikes a shot with venom, through the wall, but Abbiati takes no chances and punches the ball clear. Great strike from the German midfielder.

  • 9'

    ...Ballack stands over the ball...

  • 8'

    Ballack is fouled on the edge of the Juventus area as they challenged for a bouncing ball. Free-kick, in a very dangerous spot...

  • 7'

    Giannichedda brings down Diesler on the left wing. Free-kick, though no booking. The referee deems a stern look is sufficient warning for the Juventus man.

  • 6'

    Ibrahimovic directs a header in to the path of Nedved, but Sagnol makes a crucial tackle on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 5'

    Bayern have had much more of the ball in these opening stages; they are being driven on by the vocal home crowd, and are dominating the midfield battles.

  • 4'

    Oooh! Another great chance for Bayern as a cross from the right evades the Juventus defence and falls to Makaay at the far post. The Dutchman hits a right-foot volley, but it flashes across the face of goal and out for a goalkick.

  • 3'

    Oooh! Lizarazu curls a great cross in from the left, but Santa Cruz, under pressure from Zambrotta, puts his header over the crossbar.

  • 3'

    Santa Cruz gives away the first free-kick of the night when he trips Giannichedda on the half-way line.

  • 2'

    The sides are using similar 4-4-2 formations, with Emerson and Demichelis sitting in holding midfield roles.

  • 1'

    Juventus are playing in their away kit of all yellow. It's not a very pleasant strip. Bayern are in red.

  •  

    Bayern kick off to start this game. I'm anticipating a tight game, without many goals. However, I have been known to be wrong, occasionally.

  •  

    Thuram and Khan exchange pennants inside the centre circle before the toin-coss. I wonder what happens to all those pennants? Do they display them somewhere? If so, where?

  •  

    The players shake hands; Thuram has a smile for each of the Bayern players. He seems a nice man.

  •  

    The players emerge from the tunnel, with the Champions League theme tune ringing out over the loudspeakers.

  •  

    Bayern's new stadium, the Allianz Arena, is a superb facility, and there is a fantastic atmosphere inside the ground.

  •  

    Hello, my name is Alex, and I'll be seeing you through this Champions League group fixture between Bayern Munich and Juventus.