13 April, 2018, 12:00 am
MUNICH, Germany – A goalless draw against Sevilla yesterday was enough to send Bayern Munich into the Champions League last four with a 2-1 aggregate victory to keep their hopes of a treble-winning season alive.
Bayern, playing in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, never needed to hit top form but were in control throughout with the largely toothless Spaniards only rarely venturing into their opponents’ box.
The Germans, who last won the treble in 2013 again under coach Jupp Heynckes, had secured a 2-1 advantage from last week’s first leg and advanced after having been eliminated by a Spanish team in each of the past four seasons.
Sevilla ended the game with ten men after the dismissal in stoppage time of Joaquin Correa for a rough challenge on Javi Martinez.
The result, however, meant Sevilla, in the last eight of the European Cup for the first time since their only previous appearance at this stage 60 years ago, still managed to snap Heynckes’ 12-game record winning run in the competition.
“Sevilla have a good team and they proved it,” Bayern winger Arjen Robben told reporters. “But we had enough chances and we should have scored. Defensively everything has to work in the Champions League and it did for us tonight.
“In the Champions League you always have to bring your top performance and we will need to improve, that’s clear.”