Bayern Munich hold the advantage in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Sevilla, Manchester United’s Champions League conquerors, 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.
After the break Bayern took control of the match and they were ahead after another stroke of luck when Thiago Alcantara’s header found the back of the net following another deflection off Sergio Escudero and 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 and 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.
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.
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.
Sevilla are back in La Liga action on Saturday when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo. Meanwhile, Bayern also return to league action on Saturday when they face a trip to Augsburg. The Champions League quarter-final second leg between the two sides is at Allianz Arena on Thursday, April 12.