Champions League - Quarter-finals - 1st Leg
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Sevilla 1-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern's Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery played a key part in both Bayern Munich goals

A Franck Ribery-inspired Bayern Munich came from behind to take control of their Champions League quarter-final with Sevilla.

A Jesus Navas own goal, from Ribery's low cross, and Thiago Alcantara's deflected header from the France international's delivery after the break extended the visitors' winning run in Europe this season to seven consecutive games.

Sevilla made the brighter start and led when midfielder Pablo Sarabia scored after earlier missing a golden opportunity from eight yards at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Bayern lost midfielder Arturo Vidal to injury and replaced Juan Bernat with James Rodriguez after the break, when they showed their experience against a Sevilla side who are in the last eight for the first time.

Jupp Heynckes, who returned in October for a third spell in charge of five-time European champions Bayern, has now won his past 12 Champions League games.

His side will retain their Bundesliga title if they win at Augsburg on Saturday, four days before the return leg of this tie at the Allianz Arena.

Unlucky Sevilla hope for another away upset

Pablo Sarabia scores for Sevilla
Sarabia gets it right at the second time of asking and later forced Sven Ulreich into a fine save with a drive from outside the area

Vincenzo Montella's Sevilla have been one of the surprise packages of this season's competition, drawing with Liverpool at Anfield and knocking out Manchester United in the last 16.

They were certainly not overawed against another Champions League heavyweight side, and their high pressing contributed to an indifferent start by Bayern.

Had Sarabia scored that clear chance, Sevilla may have gone in ahead at half-time.

They had a touch of good luck when referee Daniele Orsato missed a handball from midfielder Sarabia as he made up for that glaring miss with his 32nd-minute opener.

But fortune abandoned them thereafter as Navas' outstretched boot diverted Ribery's cross under the dive of goalkeeper David Soria.

As Bayern upped the ante, with Ribery increasingly influential and substitute Rodriguez adding fresh dynamism to the visitors, another deflection put Montella's men behind.

But Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez still had to make a superb challenge to prevent Franco Vazquez sweeping the ball past Sven Ulreich as Sevilla kept fighting.

The Spaniards face a tall order in Munich on 11 April. Bayern have failed to progress from only one of their 16 previous European Cup or Champions League knockout ties when they won the first leg away.

But Sevilla, who were applauded off by their fans, will hope to draw on those displays in Manchester and Liverpool to upset the odds again at the Allianz.

Man of the match - Javi Martinez (Bayern)

Javi Martinez of Bayern (left)
Livewire Martinez made a goal-saving challenge in a display when he also won the ball back five times and made five interceptions

'It wasn't 90 good minutes for us' - what they said

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels on BT Sport: "The result would have got our signature if you gave it to us before the game.

"We're happy with the result but it wasn't 90 minutes good for us. There was half an hour in the first half when Sevilla were clearly the better team.

"We watched many of Sevilla's games and the coach told us how good they are.

"It didn't come as a surprise but we didn't want them to be as dominant for the first half. We will analyse and talk about that and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella: "We didn't have any luck. I'm grateful to my players for playing an excellent game against a really high-level opponent. The team deserved more.

"We had a perfect tactical shape in the first half. The first goal on the counter was a shame.

"The second half was more level but we didn't have the energy to play on the counter-attack.

"We had some shots in the last few minutes and I liked that a lot, but the two goals were a shame.

"I'm happy with the team. They finished with little physical energy but a lot important mental strength. That strength is what we've got to take to Munich."

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 13Soria
  • 16Navas
  • 4Kjaer
  • 5Lenglet
  • 18Escudero
  • 14PizarroBooked at 90mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 17Sarabia
  • 22Vázquez
  • 11CorreaBooked at 15minsSubstituted forRamírezat 78'minutes
  • 9Ben YedderSubstituted forMurielat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rico
  • 12Geis
  • 20Muriel
  • 21Martín Pareja
  • 24Nolito
  • 97Arana Lopes
  • 99Ramírez

Bayern Munich

  • 26Ulreich
  • 32Kimmich
  • 17Boateng
  • 5Hummels
  • 14BernatBooked at 34minsSubstituted forFerreira de Souzaat 45'minutes
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 25MüllerBooked at 85mins
  • 23VidalSubstituted forRodríguezat 36'minutes
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7RibéryBooked at 13minsSubstituted forRobbenat 79'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Wagner
  • 4Süle
  • 10Robben
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 19Rudy
  • 22Starke
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
40,635

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sevilla 1, FC Bayern München 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sevilla 1, FC Bayern München 2.

Hand ball by Franco Vázquez (Sevilla).

Offside, Sevilla. Sandro Ramírez tries a through ball, but Luis Muriel is caught offside.

Booking

Guido Pizarro (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Guido Pizarro (Sevilla).

Attempt saved. Franco Vázquez (Sevilla) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guido Pizarro.

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

Franco Vázquez (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Sergio Escudero (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Guido Pizarro with a headed pass.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Sven Ulreich.

Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Franco Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Luis Muriel replaces Wissam Ben Yedder.

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Clément Lenglet.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Arjen Robben replaces Franck Ribéry.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Sandro Ramírez replaces Joaquín Correa.

Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joaquín Correa (Sevilla).

James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Guido Pizarro (Sevilla).

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Franco Vázquez (Sevilla).

Goal!

Goal! Sevilla 1, FC Bayern München 2. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Franck Ribéry with a cross.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by David Soria.

Attempt saved. Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a cross.

Foul by Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München).

Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry tries a through ball, but Rafinha is caught offside.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Sergio Escudero (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Franck Ribéry with a cross.

Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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