A Franck Ribery-inspired Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie.
Sevilla started the game the brighter of the two sides and they led when in-form midfielder Pablo Sarabia scored to send the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan into full voice.
Sarabia has been Sevilla’s most impressive player since the turn of the year and had he converted his earlier chance from close range – the scoreline could of been all too different.
However, Jesus Navas’ own goal from Ribery’s low cross and Thiago Alcantara’s deflected header from the France international’s delivery after the break ensured a 2-1 advantage.
Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez made a superb challenge to prevent Franco Vazquez sweeping the ball past Sven Ulreich as Sevilla kept fighting until the final whistle.
Bayern extended their winning run to seven consecutive games with the victory, but they did lose midfielder Arturo Vidal, through injury.
Who was Man of the Match? – Javi Martinez
The former Athletic Club midfielder was highly impressive as he produced some superb challenges to deny Sevilla; whilst he made five interceptions and won the ball back five times.
Sevilla: Soria 7, Navas 5, Kjaer 6, Lenglet 6, Escudero 7, Pizarro 6, N’Zonzi 7; Sarabia 7, Vazquez 5, Correa 6, Ben Yedder 4… Subs: Muriel 5, Ramirez 6.
Bayern: Ulreich 6, Kimmich 6, Boateng 6, Hummels 7, Thiago 7, Muller 7, Martinez 8, Vidal 5, Bernat 5, Ribery 7, Lewandowski 4… Subs: Robben 6, Rodriguez 6, Rafinha 6.
Sevilla will return to league action this weekend, before next week’s second leg in Germany, after Bayern could seal the German title this coming weekend if they beat Augsburg.