Bayern Munich ratings as Arjen Robben and listless offence aren't needed in goalless draw with Sevilla

Jay Asser 12/04/2018
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Arjen Robben (r) battles for the ball.

With all the craziness going on elsewhere in the Champions League, Bayern Munich were happy to take a quiet night as their goalless draw with Sevilla was enough to push them into the semi-finals on a 2-1 aggregate.

Jupp Heynckes‘ side were relatively listless on the night in front of their home fans, but much wasn’t required as Sevilla couldn’t muster enough of an attack to send a scare into the Bundesliga giants.

The closest anyone came to finding the back of the net was on Joaquin Correa’s header after a free kick, which caromed off the crossbar.

Here are our Bayern ratings.

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1)

Sven Ulreich – 6: Had little to do as Sevilla struggled to threaten goal, aside from one header hitting the crossbar.

Joshua Kimmich – 7: Wasn’t flashy but did subtle things well to really make his presence felt on the night.

Jerome Boateng – 5: It appeared he had Correa marked on the free kick when the Sevilla man got a strong header on the ball and hit the crossbar.

Mats Hummels – 6: Didn’t have many opportunities to get involved in the action as the offence as a whole was stop-and-start.

Rafinha – 6: Peppered in his fair share of crosses but none of them found the mark.

Javi Martinez – 5: Nearly made a costly mistake with his attempt to play back to the goalkeeper, which was poorly hit and resulted in a chance for Sevilla.

James Rodriguez – 6: Had moments where he was in the box with the ball and could have capitalised, but left empty-handed.

Arjen Robben – 7: Produced his usual magic at times down the right flank, but couldn’t find a way to finish off any of his threatening runs.

Thomas Muller – 6: Wasn’t much of a factor in the middle as Bayern preferred to attack through the outside.

Franck Ribery – 7: Had Bayern’s best opportunity in the first half, sending a hard shot that swerved but ultimately went down the middle before being saved.

Robert Lewandowski – 6: It couldn’t be said that Lewandowski wasn’t sacrificing his body as he took several knocks before being subbed off in the 77th minute.

SUBSTITUTES

Thiago – 6: Was fairly anonymous in his 20 or so minutes.

Sandro Wagner – 6: Had some theatrics near the end, including an appeal for a penalty.

Niklas Sule – 6: Came on too late to play much of a role.

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Juventus player ratings as they fall just short against Real Madrid in the Champions League

Tom Biggs 12/04/2018
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Giorgio Chiellini battles with Cristiano Ronaldo

On a night of high drama in Madrid, Juventus were denied by an injury-time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, as the Italian side lost 4-3 to Real Madrid on aggregate.

Juventus had produced an incredible away performance to come back from three goals down to level the tie on aggregate, before Ronaldo’s penalty sent Madrid through to the final four.

Here are our Juventus ratings from an epic European encounter…

STARTING XI

Gianluigi Buffon – 8: Denied Cristiano Ronaldo twice and made a smart stop to keep out Isco. Sent off for reaction to penalty.

Mattia De Sciglio – 5: Unfortunate to go off early with injury. Before that he was guilty of being wasteful in promising wide positions.

Mehdi Benatia – 6: Did well up against Ronaldo in one-on-one situations but let himself down with a clumsy challenge for the penalty.

Giorgio Chiellini – 8: A rock at the back. Made eight clearances and three interceptions, while keeping Ronaldo quiet until his penalty won it.

Alex Sandro – 7: Didn’t give Gareth Bale a sniff and was equally as impressive up against Lucas Vazquez in the second half.

Sami Khedira – 8: Assisted the opening goal with a clever cross. Madrid found it difficult to track his forward runs.

Miralem Pjanic – 7: Slightly unfortunate to be booked early on, but composed himself well and looked classy on the ball.

Blaise Matuidi – 8: A terrific midfield display. More advanced after the break and in the right place to score the third goal.

Douglas Costa – 8: Completed seven dribbles and troubled Marcelo throughout. A real menace with his direct running and pace.

Gonzalo Higuain – 7: Looked like he had a point to prove at the Bernabeu. Worked tirelessly and kept Madrid’s defenders busy.

Mario Mandzukic – 9: Won his personal battle against Dani Carvajal. Took both goals superbly well and helped out defensively.

SUBSTITUTES

Stephan Lichsteiner – 8: Set up Mandzukic for the Croatian’s second goal. Did well to keep Marco Asensio quiet in the second half.

Wojciech Szczęsny – N/A: Guessed the right way but couldn’t stop Ronaldo’s penalty with his only act of the game.

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Bayern Munich take on Sevilla in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Germans hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.

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