Bayern Munich emerged from the criticisms and questions about their defense with a resounding 2-0 victory against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.
After dismantling Hamburg 9-2 in the Bundesliga during the week, Bayern were the supreme favorites heading into this one, but Juventus certainly weren't to be dismissed either, having shown strong performances throughout domestic and European competitions so far.
In fact many, including myself, felt they would better Bayern here, but thanks to a masterclass from the German giants, Juve would be the ones tasting defeat.
Bayern got the scoring underway in just the opening minute of play.
David Alaba's strike from distance completely beat Gianluigi Buffon and found its way into the sit of the goal—perhaps taking a deflection on the way but definitely not a big one. It appeared that the Juve goalkeeper was simply wrong-footed, and he paid the ultimate price for it.
That goal would give Bayern the ascendancy early, and would allow them to play the game as they wanted to play—in front, dominating the attack.
The two sides would both see attacking chances after that, with both defenses and goalkeepers forced to make excellent saves throughout.
Bayern would grab the second goal of the game (and perhaps the most crucial one given the return leg ahead), and it would come under the most crucial of circumstances—a call for offside on Mario Mandzukic that was certainly justified and called for.
Luiz Gustavo's shot from outside the area was parried into the bath of Mandzukic, who then played a perfect pass across the goal mouth for Thomas Muller to tap in.
And with the return leg in Italy next week, it could be that goal, and that refereeing miss that becomes the most crucial of them all.