Pep’s wow factor

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

MUNICH. – Bayern Munich’s stunning four-goal fightback to beat Juventus had the “wow” factor for Pep Guardiola as the Bavarians reached the Champions League soccer quarter-finals for the fifth season in a row.

Substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scored extra-time goals as Bayern roared back to beat Juve 4-2 in their last-16, second-leg tie and seal a 6-4 aggregate victory.

A stunned Bayern found themselves 2-0 down after 28 minutes at the Allianz Arena as Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado struck for the Italians before the Bavarian side floored the Italians with four unanswered goals.

But the hosts left it late as Robert Lewandowski netted on 73 minutes before Thomas Mueller’s dramatic equaliser in the 91st minute forced extra time.

Just as Juventus had fought back in Turin to draw the first leg 2-2, so Bayern came back in Munich.

Thiago put Bayern ahead for the first time on 108 minutes before fellow replacement Coman – on loan from Juventus – curled in a superb strike on 110 minutes to cap the fairytale finish.

“Four goals against an Italian team. Wow!” beamed Bayern manager Guardiola.” – AFP.


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