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Bayern’s old regime shines as Franck Ribery inspires comeback win

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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.

Quickfire Barca double helps Catalans maintain unbeaten run

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Lionel Messi’s cameo appearance was enough for FC Barcelona to secure two dramatic late equalisers in a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.

Earlier in the first half, Franco Vazquez had opened the scoring for Sevilla from close range in and the Colombia international Luis Muriel doubled the home side’s lead by smashing in on the rebound five minutes into the second half.

Messi had began the game on the bench due to continued muscle discomfort which caused him to miss Argentina’s friendlies against Italy and Spain; but the league’s top scorer was called into action in the 58th minute, replacing Ousmane Dembele.

However, Ernesto Valverde saw his men being instantly lifted by the Argentine’s arrival and Luis Suarez rattled the near post but Sevilla continued to pour forward with Vazquez and Muriel missed clear chances to put the game to bed.

The team then paid dearly for their wastefulness as Suarez pulled one back for Barca with an acrobatic finish in the 88th minute following a corner and Messi whipped in the equaliser in the 89th with a fierce left-foot strike from the edge of the box.

The goal stretched the Catalans’ unbeaten league run to 37 games; if they avoid defeat next week at home to Leganés they will equal Real Sociedad’s Liga record of 38 games without defeat, which has stood since 1980.

Barca kept their impervious lead at the top the standings on 76 points, although second-placed Atletico Madrid defeated Deportivo La Coruna with a Kevin Gameiro penalty on Sunday their advantage at the top at nine points.

Manchester United out of Champions League after home loss to Sevilla

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Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League last-16 after putting on an abysmal performance on home ground that ended in a 2-1 home defeat by Sevilla.

Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored both goals for the La Liga team with a shot from inside the area just two minutes after coming on, and heading in at the back post from a corner.

After posing little threat in the goalless first leg, United again looked second best against the La Liga side at Old Trafford, although Marouane Fellaini’s thumping effort did draw Sergio Rico into a save, and the away goalkeeper was tested again when he kept out Jesse Lingard’s low strike.

Although Romelu Lukaku lashed home from close range with seven minutes remaining, but it proved to be merely a consolation as they would need two more goals to progress after Ben Yedder’s brace by the away-goal rule — in which a draw would have still meant defeat.

The sound of the final whistle meant that Manchester United would exit the competition alongside Tottenham, but Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool progressed to Friday’s quarter-final draw. Defending Premier League champions Chelsea could also join them if they beat Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sevilla would also set a new record as, with three draws and one defeat, they had never won a Champions League game in England, until this match at Old Trafford.

They were also the better side across both legs and thoroughly deserved the plaudits, with manager Vincenzo Montella and his substitutes running on to the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate with the players.

Ben Yedder will be grabbing the headlines for his well-taken goals and he could even have sealed a hat-trick as Manchester United defense essentially fell apart and allowed the Frenchman to run clear, although he shot went straight at David de Gea.

“We were just excellent, very good,” said Montella. “A lot of those players played the game of their lives. In spite of the fact we didn’t create chances in the first half, we were good, very good, up until the final third, and we gave United very little chance near our goal.”

Inter Milan to recruit Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge on loan

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Inter Milan are the forerunners to recruit Daniel Sturridge on loan this month after making a formal proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season.

The Milan club has reportedly submitted a “serious” proposal to sign the 28-year-old until the end of the season, which includes a substantial loan fee, the full assumption of his salary and as well as a buying option.

Inter have also made it quite clear in their professional handling of matters that they are resolute in securing Sturridge’s services, which has encouraged the forward.

However, Sevilla has also put forth an enquiry regarding Sturridge’s availability but their interest is affected by their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

While there were indications that 24-year-old had seemed certain to switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the rest of the campaign, but the London club’s difficulty in the transfer market is hampering that move .

While Blues boss Antonio Conte would want to bring in striker Andy Carroll before letting the Belgium international level, the West Ham player has suffered an ankle injury which complicates any attempt for a move.

Sturridge has been handed just five starts for Liverpool this season, and following a muscle issue as well as illness he has not featured in a matchday squad since the Reds won 7-0 over Spartak Moscow on December 6.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City player is desperate to secure regular minutes in order to make England’s World Cup squad, with West Ham and Southampton also monitoring his situation.

Liverpool, initially unwilling to allow a loan move for Sturridge, placed a £30 million valuation on the marksman. However, this could change after having only received approaches over a temporary arrangement thus far, as the Merseysiders are looking to settle on the best deal for the club and player before the window closes.