Alex late-show stuns Bayern
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: 03/11/04 9:35pm
Juventus booked their passage to the next phase of the UEFA Champions League with a last-gasp win over Bayern Munich.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw, which would probably have suited both sides, but Alessandro Del Piero pounced on an error from Oliver Kahn in the last minute to send the Turin side into the next round.
Bayern still look odds-on to qualify, as Ajax were beaten in Tel-Aviv, but they cannot now catch Fabio Capello's Juve.
Bayern set about their task with real determination, with young star Bastian Schweinsteiger full of attacking intent.
After Torsten Frings had fired over following good play from Owen Hargreaves, Schweinsteiger crashed an effort against the bar.
The young midfielder hit a first time shot from the edge of the box which flew beyond Gianluigi Buffon but slammed against the crossbar and bounced onto the line.
Claudio Pizarro was alert and beat Buffon to the loose ball but the assistant referee flagged for offside when Hargreaves turned the ball on from close range.
Peruvian striker Pizarro was also a menace and he struck a fabulous effort from the edge of the box which was arrowing towards the bottom corner, but Buffon proved his class with a fantastic low save.
Although Juve failed to test Oliver Kahn in the first half, aside from a deflected cross from Gianluca Zambrotta, they were not lacking in invention - with Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeping Lucio and Robert Kovac on their toes.
Roy Makaay was on the periphery of the game in the opening 45, but the Dutch assassin burst into action on the half hour when freed by the impressive Schweinsteiger - but Buffon was the equal of his low shot.
Both sides upped the tempo after the break, which led to a more open game, but the defences were still on top.
A defender came close to opening the scoring just after the hour, but Fabio Cannavaro's powerful downward header bounced just wide of the post.
It was a similar story at the other end, with Lucio dragging his effort wide after being teed up by Schweinsteiger who later went close himself but Buffon was again the master.
Although Pavel Nedved was not at his mesmeric best in Germany, the Czech superstar almost stole the points 10 minutes from time but the relatively untroubled Kahn was alert and made a stooping save.
Bayern were the more threatening in the closing stages, as Pizarro and Makaay went close with headers, but they were rocked by a last-minute sucker punch.
There appeared little danger when Zlatan Ibrahimovic collected the ball out wide, but the Swede produced an outlandish flick through the legs of his marker before sending a shot in on goal.
Kahn should have dealt with the effort, but it squirmed from his grasp and Del Piero was on hand to tap home to book Juve's passage into the next round.
Makaay should have pinched a point in the dying seconds when set clear, but Buffon somehow got a fingertip on his lob and sent it wide.
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