Bayern Munich 0-0 Sevilla (Aggregate: 2-1): Jupp Heynckes' side edge into Champions League semi-finals
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 12/04/18 8:00am
Bayern Munich booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, securing a 0-0 draw against Sevilla at the Allianz Arena to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Seville, Bayern were in pole position at the start of the night with Sevilla needing to score at least twice to have any chance of progression. Vincenzo Montella's side had their chances in the first half with Joaquin Correa and Sergio Escudero both failing to convert.
They continued to trouble Bayern, who had won their last seven successive Champions League games, with Correa's header hitting the crossbar and Ever Banega's long-range effort flashing wide.
However, it all ended in frustration for the Spanish side, who lost Correa late on to a straight red card, as Bayern held on to book their place alongside Real Madrid, Liverpool and Roma in Friday's semi-final draw.
Bayern Munich: Ulreich (7), Kimmich (7), Boateng (7), Hummels (7), Rafinha (8), Robben (6), Martinez (6), James Rodriguez (7), Ribery (7), Muller (6), Lewandowski (6).
Subs: Thiago (6), Wagner (6), Sule (n/a).
Sevilla: Soria (7), Navas (7), Lenglet (7), Escudero (7), Mercado (7), Banega (8), N’Zonzi (7), Vazquez (6), Sarabia (7), Correa (5), Ben Yedder (6).
Subs: Muriel (6), Ramirez (5), Nolito (n/a).
Man of the match: Rafinha
Robert Lewandowski has scored 35 goals in 39 games for Bayern this season and he almost had his 36th in the eighth minute, meeting Joshua Kimmich's cross from the right, but David Soria tipped the Poland international's header over the crossbar.
Bayern have been in brilliant form at the Allianz Arena in recent weeks, beating Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund 6-0 in their last two home games, but they were not having things all their own way against Sevilla.
The Spanish side, who knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford in the last round, were creating chances of their own but Correa's effort was easily saved by Sven Ulreich and Escudero's shot sailed wide of the far post.
Bayern remained a threat on the break, though, and Soria needed to be alert to keep out Franck Ribery's powerful drive, as did Jesus Navas, who slid in to turn the ball behind with the Frenchman poised for a tap in.
Bayern improved after the break as Lewandowski's header hit the side netting and Thomas Muller's shot was punched clear by Soria, but Sevilla were still providing a threat of their own.
Their best chance fell to Correa, who rose above the Bayern defence to meet Banega's free-kick, only to see his header rebound off the crossbar.
Heynckes made five changes from the side that beat Augsburg at the weekend with Hummels, Martinez, Ribery, Muller and Lewandowski all returning to the starting line-up.
Sevilla, who lost to Celta Vigo 4-0 last time out, also made a host of changes as Navas, Lenglet, Escudero, Mercado, Vazquez and Correa returned.
Banega then tried his luck from distance but the midfielder's effort failed to test Ulreich as Sevilla's hopes began to fade.
Montella sent on Sandro Ramirez and Nolito late on for one final throw of the dice but it was Arjen Robben who almost finished the tie, smashing a low shot into the side netting.
Sevilla's hopes were finally dashed when Correa's frustrations boiled over. The forward caught Javi Martinez with a late challenge right in front of the dugouts and Scottish referee Willie Collum brandished a straight red card as Bayern held on to advance.
- Bayern Munich have reached their 11th Champions League semi-final; only Real Madrid (13) have got to this stage on more occasions. In fact, Bayern have got to the semi-final stage six times more than all other German sides put together (5).
- Bayern Munich are now unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions this season at Allianz Arena (W17 D3) - the only side in the Top 5 European Leagues to avoid defeat at home.
- Bayern failed to score at home in the Champions League for the first time since April 2014, with Sevilla stopping that 21 game streak. In fact, Sevilla are only the second side to avoid defeat against Bayern at the Allianz Arena in the last 22 Champions League games, with the other being Real Madrid last season, also at this stage (1-2).
- Sevilla have received three red cards in the Champions League in the last two campaigns, with their previous red also coming in the knockout stages against Leicester City last season.
Man of the Match - Rafinha
The Bayern full-back produced an industrious performance on the left.
He made an impact at both ends of the pitch, making two last-ditch challenges in defence and producing a number of excellent crosses in attack.
It was in defence, though, where Bayern will be most grateful for his contributions. The 32-year-old slid in to deny Pablo Sarabia when the Spaniard was through on goal and he also got a vital foot to the ball when Wissam Ben Yedder was poised to get a shot in.
Bayern Munich host Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena on Saturday (5.30pm), while Sevilla host Villarreal in La Liga (12pm).