Wasteful Bayern held by Juventus

MUNICH - Franck Ribery missed out on scoring a memorable goal as wasteful Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw at home by Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ribery provided the highlight of the match when he slipped craftily between two defenders in the penalty area but dinked his shot over the crossbar in the 19th minute.

Juventus also had their chances in an entertaining first half but the match went off the boil after the break.

Both teams are unbeaten after two games in Group A. Bayern have four points while Juventus, who also drew their first match at home to Girondins Bordeaux, have two.

Bayern striker Arjen Robben, signed from Real Madrid at the start of the season, limped off just before halftime while coach Louis van Gaal was involved with an angry exchange with match officials at the end.

"We'll have the diagnosis of Robben's injury tomorrow but he said he thinks it's bad," the Dutchman told reporters.

He added: "We created a lot of chances and it's very disappointing that we didn't win. Juventus just had a few shots from distance."

Van Gaal added that the referee did not add enough stoppage time at the end.


Bayern left Mario Gomez, the Bundesliga's most expensive signing, on the bench but made a lively start with Ribery and Robben causing Juventus problems down the flanks.

But the hosts could not convert their openings, Thomas Mueller setting the tone as he burst through in the fourth minute only to send his shot across the face of the goal.

Miroslav Klose wasted one chance when he failed to make proper contact with Philipp Lamm's cross from the right and was close with another header before both he and Ribery squandered good opportunities on the break.

Mauro Camoranesi had Juve's best effort when his low drive was tipped away by Hans-Joerg Butt.

Bayern lost momentum after Robben went off but they should have scored just before the hour when Ribery broke down the left and sent a low ball across the face of goal which eluded three Bayern players.

Juventus, unbeaten after eight games in all competitions this season, nearly snatched all the points when Vicenzo Iaquinta went close with a hooked shot on the turn in the 81st minute.