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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Bayern squeeze past Sevilla

Bayern Munich 0 Sevilla 0 (Bayern win 2-1 on aggregate)

Tussle: Sevilla’s Ever Banega and Bayern’s Thomas Muiller
Tussle: Sevilla’s Ever Banega and Bayern’s Thomas Muiller

Bayern Munich are through to the Champions League semi-finals for the ninth year running after a 0-0 draw in their semi-final second leg with Sevilla.

The stalemate at the Allianz Arena means that Bayern's 2-1 first-leg win in Spain last week was enough for them to progress to the last four, extending their impressive record of getting to this stage of the tournament that goes back to 2008-09.

It was far from a vintage Bayern display as they were kept from scoring in the opening 45 minutes for only the third time in 50 games while they also were denied victory on home soil for just the third occasion this season.

For Sevilla, it could have been different had Joaquin Correa's header gone in instead of hitting the crossbar, but in truth a comeback in a week of comebacks in the Champions League never looked likely. They also ended with 10 men when Correa's evening got worse after a late tackle on Javi Martinez saw him dismissed. The Rojiblancos should have been down to 10 men as early as the second minute.

Robert Lewandowski was sent clear but was cynically taken out by Gabriel Mercado, who was fortunate to see Scottish referee Willie Collum brandish a yellow when it deserved a red.

Bayern ended the first half strongly and were twice close to putting the tie to bed.

Sevilla almost drew level on aggregate just before the hour.

From Ever Banega's enticing free-kick Correa climbed highest and his header left home goalkeeper Sven Ulreich rooted to the spot but the ball crashed into the crossbar and to safety.

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