A goal inside the first minute from David Alaba set Bayern on the
way and Thomas Muller added a second just after the hour mark as the
German giant built a healthy advantage to take to Italy for the
However Bayern, runner-up in 2010 and again last year when it lost
the final on home soil to Chelsea after a penalty shoot-out, will
be wary of getting too confident.
In the previous round it beat Arsenal 3-1 away from home in the
first leg but was then made to sweat for a place in the last eight
after losing the home leg 2-0.
That was Bayern's only setback during a run of 13 wins in 14 matches
coming into this game though, and on the weekend it moved to within
one win of claiming the Bundesliga title with a 9-2 thrashing of
Confidence was flying and and it could hardly have had a better
start against Italian title hopeful Juve at the Allianz Arena.
There were less than 30 seconds on the clock when Alaba picked up the
ball 30 yards from goal before unleashing a left-footed effort which,
after clipping the end of Arturo Vidal's boot, swerved past the
hopelessly wrong-footed Gianluigi Buffon and into the bottom corner.
Juve might have felt a little unlucky to have conceded in that
fashion but it could consider itself fortunate not to have
conceded more during a first half that Bayern largely dominated.
After Juve playmaker Andrea Pirlo saw a dipping long-range free-kick
land on the roof of Manuel Neuer's net, the home side started to create a
number of good openings.
Substitute Arjen Robben, having replaced the injured Toni Kroos
moments before, almost marked his introduction with a goal in the 18th
minute only to be denied by a fine save from Buffon.
Franck Ribery then saw a shot deflected into the side-netting before
Robben fired another great opening wide just after the half-hour.
Robben drew another save from Buffon in the 35th minute, albeit a
comfortable one, before Bastian Schweinsteiger fired a half-chance over
Juve's best hope of success looked to be from Pirlo's set-pieces and
it almost drew level from one on the stroke of half-time, Leonardo
Bonucci glancing a header just over from the veteran playmaker's
That effort, and the half-time interval, offered some respite to Juve
but it was back on the defensive at the start of the second half,
with Buffon denying Mario Mandzukic at his near post before then flying
to his left to parry an Alaba free-kick.
Bayern was employing a shoot-on-sight policy and another effort from
outside the box led to its second goal in the 63rd minute.
Buffon kept out Luiz Gustavo's shot but the rebound was picked up by
Mandzukic and he laid the ball back into the centre for Muller to tap
into an empty net.
Jupp Heynckes' side sensed it could all but finish Juve off before
the second leg and Buffon needed to be alert to deflect away a
thunderbolt from Ribery in the 70th minute.
Buffon then produced a superb one-handed save to deny Muller in the
90th minute and, with the Germany international firing the rebound over
with the goal at his mercy, that could yet prove decisive in the second