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The big game of the night in Group A of the Champions League ended in a stalemate between Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Bayern dominated the first half, missing a plethora of chances, but the second period was much more even and indeed Juventus could have even stolen all three points.

Both teams had players missing for the tie. Bayern were without Martin Demichelis (ankle) and Mark Van Bommel (toe), while Luca Toni was still frozen out. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery were expected to be the main danger men.

Meanwhile, Diego was passed fit for Juventus, but Mohamed Sissoko, former Bayern man Hasan Salihamidzic and Fabio Cannavaro were all out injured. Giorgio Chiellini returned after missing the Bordeaux clash through suspension. Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Trezeguet led the attack.

Bayern started strong and missed a glorious chance in the first three minutes as Thomas Muller ghosted behind the defence and lifted the ball over the onrushing Gigi Buffon, only to see his effort miss the post by the smallest of margins.

The Germans were in complete control in the early stages, and it took until the 17th minute for Juventus to register their first efforts as Diego twice fired unsuccessfully from distance.

A minute later Bayern missed another glorious chance as Ribery showed fantastic footwork to surge past Zdenek Grygera and Giorgio Chiellini. The Frenchman, with just Buffon to beat, chipped the ball over the goalkeeper, but clipped the bar.

The chances kept coming, and Philipp Lahm's cross from the right found Miroslav Klose completely unmarked six yards out, but he took his eye off the ball and didn't get a good contact on his header.

On 28 minutes Bayern looked destined to score as Muller cut the ball back for the unmarked Robben, but Diego had chased all the way back and made a brilliant last-gasp tackle. Klose then headed just over as the siege continued.

Juventus managed a rare break on 32 minutes and almost took the lead as Mauro Camoranesi curled towards the bottom corner but Hans-Jorg Butt saved well.

The pattern of the first half soon resumed. Trezeguet blocked a certain goal on the line, Buffon saved superbly at his near post from Klose, before Bastian Schweinsteiger nodded over a virtual open goal from six yards out.

Trezeguet had been very quiet, but he showed a flash of his old brilliance on 39 minutes with an instant shot on the turn that just flew over the bar.

Bayern received a blow on the stroke of half-time as Robben was forced off with a knee injury and had to be replaced by Ivica Olic.


Robben was forced off

Bayern started off the second half where they ended the first, and Muller almost got in on goal, but Fabio Grosso did well to close him down.

The match then entered a scrappy stage but on the hour mark Bayern squandered a glorious opportunity as Ribery crossed along the six yard box but with the goal at his mercy Klose failed to turn the ball in.

On 65 minutes Juventus missed their first real chance of the game as Iaquinta harried Daniel Van Buyten into a mistake, but then fired wastefully over from 12 yards.

With the game becoming somewhat lifeless, Amauri replaced Trezeguet for the final 17 minutes for Juve, while Mario Gomez came on for Bayern's Klose.

If anyone was now looking likely to score it was Juventus, and with 10 minutes to go Iaquinta spun impressively and volleyed a couple of yards wide.

The game finished goalless. Bayern are now joint-top with Bordeaux on four points, while Juve are third with two points.

Anthony Sormani, Goal.com

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