Wednesday 13 December 2017

Thomas Muller's celebrations after Bayern beat Juventus have to be seen

Bayern Munich's players celebrate after the match. Reuters/Michaela Rehle
Bayern Munich's players celebrate after the match. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

England's Premier League is assured of four places in next season's Champions League after Juventus were sensationally knocked-out of the competition by a rampant Bayern Munich.

The Serie A leaders - and last year's beaten finalists - thought they had done enough to eliminate Bayern in their own Allianz Arena thanks to first-half goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado.

But Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller struck after the break to send the game into extra time, and Juve's race was run when Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman earned Bayern a 4-2 win.

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola will now watch Friday's draw with interest as he looks to avoid former employers Barcelona and future paymasters Manchester City, with Real Madrid and Paris St Germain also lurking.

The result sparked wild scenes of celebrations among Bayern's players, with Thomas Muller leading the party as he got hold of a loud speaker.

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng was quick to post a message on Twitter after his side’s thrilling comeback triumph, as they remain on course to challenge for Champions League glory in Guardiola’s final season as the club’s manager.

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