Sevilla 1-2 Bayern Munich: Jupp Heynckes' side come from behind to claim advantage
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 03/04/18 10:19pm
Bayern Munich hold the advantage in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Sevilla after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Seville on Tuesday.
Pablo Sarabia put the hosts in front in the 32nd minute but their lead was short-lived as Jesus Navas diverted Franck Ribery's cross into his own net (37).
After the break Bayern took control of the match and they were ahead after another stroke of luck when Thiago Alcantara's header (68) found the back of the net following another deflection off Sergio Escudero.
Sevilla continued to cause the Bundesliga leaders problems, but Bayern held on to take what could be a crucial lead back to the Allianz Arena, where they have won 21 of their last 22 home Champions League matches.
Sevilla: Soria (6), Navas (6), Kjaer (7), Lenglet (7), Escudero (6), Pizarro (7), N'Zonzi (7), Sarabia (8), Vazquez (7), Correa (7), Ben Yedder (7).
Subs: Muriel (6), Ramirez (6).
Bayern Munich: Ulreich (7), Kimmich (7), Boateng (7), Hummels (8), Alcantara (8), Muller (7), Martinez (7), Vidal (6), Bernat (5), Ribery (7), Lewandowski (6).
Subs: Rodriguez (6), Rafinha (7), Robben (6).
Man of the match: Pablo Sarabia.
Buoyed by a boisterous home crowd, Sevilla started the tie brightly and should have been ahead when the ball dropped to Sarabia eight yards from goal. With only Sven Ulreich to beat, the 25-year-old fired wide of the target.
The missed chance did not deter him, though, as he broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute, beating Juan Bernat to Escudero's cross before lifting the ball into the far corner of the net.
owever, Bayern were back on level terms five minutes later. There was a stroke of luck in the equaliser as Ribery's cross deflected of Navas to beat the sprawling David Soria at his near post.
Despite the equaliser, Sevilla, who once again impressed on the big stage after knocking Manchester United out in the last 16, were nearly ahead again after the break with Franco Vazquez denied by a superb last-ditch challenge by Javi Martinez.
But Bayern gradually grew into the second half and they almost took the lead in the 66th minute when Martinez's volley was brilliantly palmed over by Soria.
Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella made four changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Barcelona at the weekend. Soria, Pizarro, Sarabia and Ben Yedder replaced Rico, Mercado, Muriel and Banega, who was suspended. Bayern also made four changes from the side that beat Borussia Dortmund 6-0 at the weekend with Rafinha, Alaba, Rodriguez and Robben replacing by Kimmich, Alcantara, Vidal and Bernat.
Bayern did take the lead from their very next attack, though, when Ribery's floated cross picked out Thiago in space at the far post and his header found the back of the net via another deflection, this time off Escudero.
Sevilla piled forward in search of an equaliser and Steven N'Zonzi fired inches wide before substitute Sandro Ramires forced a smart stop from Ulreich, but Bayern held on to put themselves on course for the Champions League semi-finals.
- Jupp Heynckes has won his last 12 Champions League games as manager, extending the longest ever run in the history of the competition.
- Bayern Munich have only failed to progress from one of their 16 previous European Cup/Champions League knockout ties in which they won the first leg away from home (2010-11 vs Inter).
- Sevilla have now lost consecutive European games against German teams, as many as they lost in their previous 19 (W12 D5).
- Jesus Navas is the third Sevilla player to score an own goal in the Champions League and first since Adil Rami vs Man City in October 2015. It was the 11th own goal that Bayern have benefited from in the Champions League - only Real Madrid (15) and Chelsea (13) have more (Barcelona also 11).
- Bayern have conceded in each of their last 13 away Champions League games - their joint-longest such run in the competition (also a 13-game run ending in Dec 2000).
- Thiago has scored with three of his five shots on target in the Champions League this season. It's his best goal return in a single Champions League campaign.
Man of the Match - Pablo Sarabia
He may have ended on the losing side but Sarabia's performance epitomised Sevilla.
The La Liga side showed now fear and attacked Bayern right from the off, causing them plenty of problems all night.
Sarabia was at the heart of it, popping up all over the field and he was eventually awarded with the opening goal of the night - his first Champions League goal in 10 appearances, since netting versus Leicester in February 2017.
His night could have been even better had he not spurned a gilt-edged chance early in the game, firing wide from eight yards with only Ulreich to beat.
Sevilla are back in La Liga action on Saturday when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo (3.15pm). Meanwhile, Bayern also return to league action on Saturday when they face a trip to Augsburg (2.30pm).
The Champions League quarter-final second leg between the two sides is at Allianz Arena on Wednesday, April 11 (7.45pm).