A goalless draw against Sevilla on Wednesday 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 in Spain.
Sevilla ended with 10 men after Joaquin Correa (right) was sent off late on in their 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich on Wednesday
Correa’s foul on Javi Martinez, pictured on the floor, sparked a late tussle between both sets of players at the Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich battled their way into the Champions League semi-finals on by grinding out a goal-less draw at home to Sevilla
Once the final whistle had blown, Bayern were able to celebrate booking their place in the Champion League’s semi-finals
Bayern’s players lined up thank their fans after reaching the last four of the Champions League for a sixth time in seven years
BAYERN: Ulreich, Kimmich, Boateng, Rafinha (Sule 87), Martinez, Robben, Muller, Rodriguez, Ribery (Alcantara 71), Lewandowski (Wagner 77)
Subs not used: Bernat, Rudy, Starke, Tolisso
SEVILLA: Soria, Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero, Nzonzi, Banega, Sarabia (Ramirez 70), Vazquez (Nolito), Correa, Ben Yedder (Muriel 65)
Subs not used: Rico, Carrico, Pizarro, Arana
Robert Lewandowski touched the the ball 28 times in 77 minutew, with a lot of time spent in deeper areas – as shown by his heatmap
Sevilla ended the game with ten men after the dismissal in stoppage time of Joaquin Correa for a rough challenge.
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.
In a physical first half Bayern, fresh from securing the Bundesliga title last weekend, were by far the more dangerous team with Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery coming close.
Poland forward Lewandowski, who was sporting a swollen eye after some robust defending, also narrowly headed wide four minutes after the restart.
Sevilla at times looked to be lacking a sense of urgency and were badly let down by their final pass, stumbling time and again at the edge of the box and failing to get a shot on target in the entire first half.
They did hit the bar with a Correa header on the hour and Ever Banega fired narrowly wide a little later as they upped the pressure briefly in search of the two goals they needed.
As Sevilla ran out of ideas, the match ended with a touch of uproar as Correa was shown a straight red card for a poor and late challenge on Javi Martinez.
Bayern, though, having won 20 of their last 21 Champions League matches at home going into the game, could once again celebrate a familiar last-four ticket with a degree of comfort.
Sevilla’s players huddled together for a pre-match team-talk moments before kick-off at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday
One bearded Bayern fan watched on from the stands while wearing a red and white hat, with multiple scarves tied around him
Gabriel Mercado (left) picked up an early booking as ref William Collum (right) showed a yellow card after just two minutes
Mercado was perhaps lucky to escape a red card as his foul on Robert Lewandowski (left) arguably denied a clear goal chance
Lewandowski gave Bayern fans a scare first-half when he stayed on the floor but, after a delay, he was deemed fit to continue
Bayern defender Rafina (centre) also picked up a knock in the first half which led to there being four minutes of added time
Lewandowski came close to breaking the deadlock early in the second half but was unable to beat keeper David Soria (right