Thiago's late header seals Bayern win against Sevilla


After being outplayed by the hosts early on and conceding a 32nd-minute opener by Pablo Sarabia, Bayern came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal Tuesday thanks to an own goal by Jesus Navas and a second-half header by Thiago Alcantara.

The Frenchman's cross was meant to pick out Robert Lewandowski in the middle, but it took a big deflection off Navas and, despite the best efforts of Sevilla goalkeeper David Soria, the ball went in off the near post.

Who is the most likely team to win the Champions League? We didn't use the space in midfield and the tempo wasn't high enough. We have to do it as we did it in the second half.

Sevilla now need an unlikely triumph against the Germans in Munich in next Wednesday's second leg to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time.

Real Madrid recorded a magnificent 3-0 win at Juventus in their first leg tie at the Allianz Stadium.

"Sevilla are a good team and it's not easy here", said Ribery.

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"I'm happy at Bayern, I'm playing more and that's good for me".

The visitors were in control in what seemed like Sevilla's undoing in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.

A lightning-quick counter down the right saw the ball passed between Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Rodriguez before arriving at the feet of Ribery on the left of the area.

"We had a flawless tactical order in the first half creating some good chances". A second half red card to Paolo Dybala, coupled with a third goal from Marcelo, sees Madrid in a very comfortable position before the return fixture. "It will be hard, but we are not out of it yet".

The Poland captain has also struck five times in the UEFA Champions League and added three DFB Cup goals to his 2017/18 tally, fuelling Bayern's hopes of repeating their 2013 treble success. The 29-year-old has 35 goals in all competitions for the club this season as they close in on another Bundesliga title.

With Sevilla tiring, five-time European champions Bayern took advantage and Thiago headed the victor with the help of a deflection off Escudero in the 68th minute.