Bayern seek to finish job against Sevilla
FC Bayern München are closing in on another UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance as they welcome Sevilla FC for the second leg of their last-eight tie.
• A Jesús Navas own goal and Thiago Alcántara’s deflected header sealed a comeback win in the first leg on 3 April after Pablo Sarabia had given Sevilla a first-half lead. That was the first time Sevilla had lost at home to German visitors, in their 12th fixture, and ended Bayern’s run of five successive losses in Spain.
• This is Bayern’s seventh consecutive quarter-final and 29th overall – only Real Madrid CF, in this round for the 35th time, have featured more often. In contrast, Sevilla are in the last eight of the European Cup for the first time since their only previous appearance at this stage 60 years ago.
• This is Bayern’s first tie against Sevilla although they have been eliminated by Spanish opponents in the last four seasons. The Munich club boast a strong record at home to Liga sides, although Sevilla have enjoyed plenty of success in Germany.
• Bayern are in the quarter-finals for a club-record seventh successive season. Before losing to Real Madrid 12 months ago, they had won six last-eight ties in a row.
• Bayern’s European Cup quarter-final record is W18 L10:
2016/17 Real Madrid CF L 3-6 (1-2 h, 2-4 a aet)
2015/16 SL Benfica W 3-2 (1-0 h, 2-2 a)
2014/15 FC Porto W 7-4 (1-3 a, 6-1 h)
2013/14 Manchester United FC W 4-2 (1-1 a, 3-1 h)
2012/13 Juventus W 4-0 (2-0 h, 2-0 a)
2011/12 Olympique de Marseille W 4-0 (2-0 a, 2-0 h)
2009/10 Manchester United FC W 4-4, away goals (2-1 h, 2-3 a)
2008/09 FC Barcelona L 1-5 (0-4 a, 1-1 h)
2006/07 AC Milan L 2-4 (2-2 a, 0-2 h)
2004/05 Chelsea FC L 5-6 (2-4 a, 3-2 h)
2001/02 Real Madrid CF L 2-3 (2-1 h, 0-2 a)
2000/01 Manchester United FC W 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
1999/00 FC Porto W 3-2 (1-1 a, 2-1 h)
1998/99 1. FC Kaiserslautern W 6-0 (2-0 h, 4-0 a)
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund L 0-1 (0-0 h, 0-1 a)
1994/95 IFK Göteborg W 2-2 away goals (0-0 h, 2-2 a)
1990/91 FC Porto W 3-1 (1-1 h, 2-0 a)
1989/90 PSV Eindhoven W 3-1 (2-1 h, 1-0 a)
1987/88 Real Madrid CF L 3-4 (3-2 h, 0-2 a)
1986/87 RSC Anderlecht W 7-2 (5-0 h, 2-2 a)
1985/86 RSC Anderlecht L 2-3 (2-1 h, 0-2 a)
1981/82 FC Universitatea Craiova W 3-1 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
1980/81 FC Baník Ostrava W 6-2 (2-0 h, 4-2 a)
1976/77 FC Dynamo Kyiv L 1-2 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
1975/76 SL Benfica W 5-1 (0-0 a, 5-1 h)
1974/75 FC Ararat Yerevan W 2-1 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
1973/74 PFC CSKA Sofia W 5-3 (4-1 h, 1-2 a)
1972/73 AFC Ajax L 2-5 (0-4 a, 2-1 h)
• Bayern are appearing in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the 17th time, more than any other club. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are next in line on 16 apiece.
• Bayern’s record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides is W9 L10. Their interest in last season’s competition was ended at this stage by Real Madrid, who won 2-1 in Munich and 4-2 after extra time in Spain – Bayern’s fourth successive knockout loss in ties against Liga teams. They were beaten by Club Atlético de Madrid in 2015/16, FC Barcelona in 2014/15 and Real Madrid again in 2013/14 – all in the semi-finals.
• Jupp Heynckes’ side reached this stage with an 8-1 aggregate win against Beşiktaş JK in the round of 16, including a 5-0 win in Munich that was the biggest home first-leg victory in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.
• Before beating Beşiktaş, the Munich club had won all three home games in Group B: 3-0 at home to both RSC Anderlecht and Celtic FC before a 3-1 defeat of section winners Paris Saint-Germain on matchday six.
• Bayern won all 16 of their UEFA Champions League home matches between 17 September 2014 and 15 February 2017, a competition record. The 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals was their first reverse in Munich since a 4-0 defeat by the same opponents in their 2013/14 semi-final second leg.
• That Madrid defeat also ended a run of three straight Bayern victories at home to Spanish opponents; overall Bayern’s record against Liga clubs in Munich is W18 D5 L3.
• Bayern have lost only one of their 24 UEFA ties in which they won the away first leg, going out to FC Internazionale Milano in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (1-0 away, 2-3 home).
• Bayern’s penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W5 L1:
5-4 v Chelsea FC, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
3-4 v Chelsea FC, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidabergs FF, 1973/74 European Cup first round
• Sevilla’s only previous European Cup quarter-final came in their debut European season, 1957/58, when they lost 10-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid CF (0-8 away, 2-2 home).
• That 8-0 first-leg defeat by Madrid is Sevilla’s heaviest European loss, and the biggest margin in any European Cup quarter-final match.
• The Spanish side’s record in two-legged knockout ties against German opposition is W3 L2. Their most recent encounter was a 4-2 aggregate win against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the round of 32 in Sevilla’s victorious 2014/15 UEFA Europa League campaign (1-0 home, 3-2 away).
• Sevilla’s last visit to Germany brought a 4-2 loss at Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League group stage in November 2015 – ending a run of five straight victories against Bundesliga opponents, two of which came in away matches.
• They have a strong overall record in Germany with five wins from nine visits (three defeats, one draw).
• Vincenzo Montella’s side reached this stage with a 2-1 aggregate win against Manchester United FC, Wissam Ben Yedder coming off the bench to score twice in the second leg at Old Trafford.
• That was Sevilla first away win in this season’s competition since the play-offs, and a first victory in the UEFA Champions League proper outside Spain in six matches (D3 L2). The Andalusian club did not win away in Group E, and endured their heaviest UEFA Champions League defeat in losing 5-1 at FC Spartak Moskva on matchday three. They concluded with a 1-1 draw at NK Maribor to secure second place in the section.
• Sevilla have lost only two of their last 12 away matches in UEFA competition (W4 D6): at Spartak and the 2-0 reverse at Leicester City FC in last season’s round of 16 second leg, which completed a 3-2 aggregate loss.
• Sevilla have lost the home first leg twice previously in UEFA competition, winning one of those ties on aggregate and losing the other, even though they won both second legs. They were eliminated by FC Porto in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 32, losing 2-1 at home and going out despite a 1-0 second-leg away win; three years later, in the last 16 of the same competition, they beat city rivals Real Betis Balompié 4-3 on penalties after each side had won 2-0 away.
• Sevilla’s penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W5 L1:
5-4 v Athletic Club, 2015/16 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
4-2 v SL Benfica, 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final
4-3 v Real Betis Balompié, 2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 16
2-3 v Fenerbahçe SK, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-1 v RCD Espanyol, 2006/07 UEFA Cup final
4-3 v PAOK FC, 1990/91 UEFA Cup first round
Coach and player links
• Heynckes has had spells in charge of Spanish sides Athletic Club (1992–94, 2001–03), CD Tenerife (1995–97) and Real Madrid CF (1997/98); his record for those clubs against Sevilla was W5 D3 L4.
• Heynckes scored both goals for West Germany in a 2-1 friendly win against Spain on 24 November 1973.
• Javi Martínez made 201 Liga appearances for Athletic Club between 2006 and 2012, scoring 22 goals. He faced Sevilla 11 times in all competitions (W4 D1 L6), scoring in a 3-0 Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg victory on 4 March 2009 as Athletic advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
• James Rodríguez made 77 Liga appearances for Real Madrid between 2014 and 2017, scoring 28 times. He faced Sevilla eight times (W7 L1), scoring four goals.
• James was in the FC Porto side that won 2-1 at Sevilla in the round of 32 first leg in their victorious 2010/11 UEFA Europa League campaign.
• Juan Bernat played 51 Liga games for Valencia between 2011 and 2014, scoring once. He faced Sevilla four times (W2 D1 L1) and played in both games as Valencia suffered a late away-goals defeat in the 2014 UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
• Thiago Alcántara played 68 Liga games for Barcelona between 2009 and 2013, scoring seven goals. His record against Sevilla was W2 D1 L2.
• Arjen Robben made 50 Liga appearances for Real Madrid between 2007 and 2009, scoring 11 times. He faced Sevilla twice (W1 L1) and was sent off in Madrid’s 4-3 home defeat in December 2008.
• Rafinha played in both legs of FC Schalke 04’s 2005/06 UEFA Cup semi-final loss against Sevilla (0-0 home, 0-1 aet away).
• Corentin Tolisso’s Olympique Lyonnais lost 1-0 at Sevilla in last season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, drawing 0-0 at home.
• Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski played in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 home defeat and 2-2 away draw with Sevilla in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Sebastian Rudy twice featured as a substitute away to Sevilla for VfB Stuttgart; a 2-0 defeat in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage and a 1-1 draw in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• On 14 November 2017 a Germany team including Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner drew 2-2 in a friendly against France, for whom Tolisso and substitute Steven N’Zonzi featured.
• International team-mates:
James Rodríguez & Luis Muriel (Colombia)
Thiago Alcántara, Javi Martínez, Juan Bernat & Sergio Rico, Nolito, Jesús Navas (Spain)
Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso & Steven N’Zonzi, Sébastien Corchia (France)
• Have played together:
Manuel Neuer & Sergio Escudero (FC Schalke 04, 2010–11)
Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle & Johannes Geis (Germany Under-21, 2014–15)
• Franck Ribéry, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jérôme Boateng and Sebastian Rudy are a booking away from a ban.
• Bayern made it six Bundesliga titles in a row with a 4-1 win at FC Augsburg on Saturday, wrapping it up with five games to spare. They are 20 points ahead of second-placed FC Schalke 04.
• Bayern have won three of their last 12 games 6-0. They have scored 55 goals in their 16 fixtures in 2018.
• Bayern have won their last two home games 6-0, against Hamburger SV on 10 March and Borussia Dortmund on 31 March.
• The Munich club’s home record this season is W17 D2 L0 with 62 goals scored and 11 conceded. They have kept four successive clean sheets and 11 at home overall.
• Lewandowski, an unused substitute on Saturday, has registered 14 goals for Bayern in 13 competitive games in 2018.
• Ribéry has three goals in his last six games for Bayern, matching his total for the previous 21 matches.
• After 18 games without defeat in all competitions (W17 D1) and eight successive wins away from home, Bayern lost 2-1 at RB Leipzig on 18 March. They have won all three games since.
• All four of Bayern’s defeats this season have come away from home; at Paris in the group stage and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
• Sandro Wagner has six goals in his last eight Bayern appearances.
• Lewandowski, named Poland’s footballer of the year for the seventh consecutive season on 11 February, scored in each of Bayern’s first 11 Bundesliga home games this term to become only the second player ever to achieve this feat – after his current coach Heynckes, for VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1972/73.
• Lewandowski has scored 24 goals in 19 home matches for Bayern this season, scoring hat-tricks in the last two against Hamburg and Dortmund.
• Arturo Vidal (knee) and Juan Bernat (cut leg) had to be substituted in the first leg. David Alaba missed the game at Sevilla due to a back problem; only Bernat featured at Augsburg.
• On 24 February Kingsley Coman suffered an ankle injury against Hertha BSC Berlin that required surgery and has been ruled out for several weeks.
• Manuel Neuer has been out since 18 September following his second metatarsal break, but is back in light training.
• On 9 March Kimmich extended his contract until 2023.
• Éver Banega is available after a one-match suspension; Guido Pizarro, Sergio Escudero, Wissam Ben Yedder, Joaquín Correa and Gabriel Mercado are all a booking away from a ban.
• Sevilla have won three of their last ten games in all competitions, losing four. They were beaten 4-0 at RC Celta de Vigo on Saturday, the seventh time this season they have conceded four or more goals in a game.
• Away the Andalusian club have won six of their 11 fixtures in all competitions in 2018, losing four. This season overall their away record is W11 D3 L11. Sevilla have managed six clean sheets in those 25 matches, and only one in the last seven; at the other end, they had scored in eight away matches in a row before drawing a blank at Celta, and all but six of their away matches in 2017/18.
• Up to and including matchday six, Wissam Ben Yedder had scored 13 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season; in his 18 appearances since he has managed six, including his double at Manchester United in the round of 16 second leg.
• Jesús Navas (calf) had been out since 25 February before returning in the 2-2 home draw with FC Barcelona on 31 March, and was an unused substitute at the weekend; Lionel Carole has not played since 14 January, also with a calf complaint.
• Sevilla will play Barcelona again in the Copa del Rey final at the Estadio Metropolitano, home of Atlético Madrid, on 21 April.