Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bayern thumps Juventus to reach knock-outs

Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League second round after dominating Juventus for 90 minutes in Turin, Italy, thumping their hosts 4-1 to knock them out of the competition.

n a winner takes all clash to take second spot in Group A behind confirmed winners Bordeaux, Bayern went for the jugular and deservedly earned their place in the last 16.

Juve, who only needed a draw to progress, were a shadow of the team that beat Inter Milan on Saturday and will join Liverpool in the Europa League at the turn of the year.

Playmaker Diego claimed the Italians lacked the right character to win and said he understood fans who jeered at the final whistle.

"The jeers were justified given that we didn't do well, the fans should react like this," he said. "Our attitude wasn't right, things were different against Inter. Bayern understood what they had to do on the pitch."

Bayern, who started the match a point behind their hosts, came into the game knowing they had to win and played with an almost reckless but magnificent attacking verve.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20091209-23813.html

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