A Franck Ribery-inspired Bayern Munich came from behind to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Sevilla.
A 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 made the brighter start and led when midfielder Pablo Sarabia scored after earlier missing a golden opportunity from eight yards at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Bayern 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.
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.
His 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.
Unlucky Sevilla hope for another away upset
Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla have been one of the surprise packages of this season’s competition, drawing with Liverpool at Anfield and knocking out Manchester United in the last 16.
They were certainly not overawed against another Champions League heavyweight side, and their high pressing contributed to an indifferent start by Bayern.
Had Sarabia scored that clear chance, Sevilla may have gone in ahead at half-time.
They had a touch of good luck when referee Daniele Orsato missed a handball from midfielder Sarabia as he made up for that glaring miss with his 32nd-minute opener.
But fortune abandoned them thereafter as Navas’ outstretched boot diverted Ribery’s cross under the dive of goalkeeper David Soria.
As Bayern upped the ante, with Ribery increasingly influential and substitute Rodriguez adding fresh dynamism to the visitors, another deflection put Montella’s men behind.
But Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez still had to make a superb challenge to prevent Franco Vazquez sweeping the ball past Sven Ulreich as Sevilla kept fighting.
The Spaniards face a tall order in Munich on 11 April. Bayern have failed to progress from only one of their 16 previous European Cup or Champions League knockout ties when they won the first leg away.
But Sevilla, who were applauded off by their fans, will hope to draw on those displays in Manchester and Liverpool to upset the odds again at the Allianz.