Bayern Munich came behind to take control of their Champions League quarter-final against Sevilla as veterans such as Franck Ribery shined to inspire the Bundesliga leaders for a 2-1 win.
Jesus Navas own goal, from Ribery’s low cross, and Thiago Alcantara’s deflected header from the France international’s delivery after the break extended the visitors’ winning run in Europe this season to seven consecutive games.
Sevilla had made the brighter start and were leading when midfielder Pablo Sarabia scored by chesting and finishing Escudero’s cross, albeit after missing a golden opportunity earlier from eight yards at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Bayern then 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.
However, the Spanish giants will mourn their misfortune when Navas’ outstretched boot diverted Ribery’s cross under the dive of his own goalkeeper David Soria.
Bayern even went and upped the ante after the interval, with Ribery increasingly influential and substitute Rodriguez adding fresh dynamism to the visitors, forcing another deflection put Montella’s men behind for a firm away-goal advantage.
It also meant that Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes — who returned in October for a third spell in charge of five-time European champions Bayern — has now won his past 12 Champions League games.
There will be further positive vibes as his side side will retain their Bundesliga title if they win at Augsburg on Saturday, four days before the return leg of this tie at the Allianz Arena. Sevilla, meanwhile, will hope that they could get a surprise away win if they want to proceed into the last four.