Juventus Rallies For Draw With Bayern Munich In Champions League

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Feb 24, 2016 08:30 AM EST
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Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) blocks a shot on goal by Juventus' Spanish forward Alvaro Morata (C) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Feb. 23, 2016. "

Juventus came back from two goals down against Bayern Munich to pull a 2-2 draw in the Champions League last 16, setting up a crucial second leg match between the two clubs.

Juventus looked completely disorganized in the first half while allowing Bayern to go up 2-0, but the club was able to rally back to earn the tie. The club was "camped" on their end of the pitch for most of the first half and dealt with "wave after wave" of offense from Bayern, according to BBC News. Coach Massimiliano Allegri got the team to tighten things up in the second half, leading to two goals from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro.

Bayern got goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben in the first half, but they could not muster any responses to Juventus down the stretch. Bayern are the "favorites" to advance after scoring two away goals, but Juventus put themselves in a better position by earning the draw heading into the second leg match.

Juventus made it to the Champions League final last year, and now they will have to have a strong performance against the Bundesliga leaders to make into the next round. Bayern last won the Champions League in 2013, and they have looked very strong this season in the final year under manager Pep Guardiola.

The other first-leg results included a 2-1 loss by Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, while Benfica won 1-0 against Zenit. Barcelona overpowered Arsenal at Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 victory, while La Liga counterparts Real Madrid earned a 2-0 win against Roma. The second-leg matches will take in March to see who advances to the next stage. Bayern and Juventus will next play on Wednesday, March 16 at Allianz Arena in Germany.

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