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Bayern Munich must play better to win Champions League - Jupp Heynckes

Bayern Munich must play better to win Champions League - Jupp Heynckes

Cristiano Ronaldo stole the spotlight once again as Real Madrid moved closer to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

Ronaldo grabbed the opening goal in Turin after just three minutes and added a second on the hour with a sensational overhead bicycle kick, taking him to 14 goals in this season's competition.

Bayern extended their winning run to seven consecutive games with the victory, but they did lose midfielder Arturo Vidal, through injury.

Things went from bad to worse for the Bianconeri on 66 minutes, as star striker Paolo Dybala was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card of the game. The visitor's rubbed salt into the home side's proverbial wounds on 72 minutes, as Brazilian global Marcelo added the third goal of the game. "But if we want to win the Champions League, we need to improve".

Bayern Munich placed one foot in the last four of the Champions League as Thiago Alcantara's header gave them a 2-1 win away to Sevilla on Tuesday in the first leg of their quarter-final in Spain. However, possession doesn't always translate into goals, and Sevilla only needed one quick opportunity to get one past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich in the 32nd minute courtesy of Sarabia.

With Sevilla tiring, five-time European champions Bayern took advantage and Thiago headed the victor with the help of a deflection off Sergio Escudero in the 68th minute.

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The Spanish team, making their first appearance in the quarterfinals, appeared to be in full control until a Franck Ribery cross deflected off Jesus Navas and under a diving Soria in the 37th minute to level the score at 1-1.

The lead lasted just five minutes, though, as the visitors experienced a major stroke of luck.

Ribery was again the provider, his clipped cross to the back post finding the unmarked Thiago, who headed down and into the net with the aid of a deflection off Escudero.

The home side started the better and should have taken the lead when Ben Yedder's flick stopped the ball dead for Sarabia eight yards out, but he steered wide of the post.

Sevilla faces an uphill struggle getting back into the tie in the second leg, as Bayern have won 19 of their last 21 home games in the Champions League. The win also gave the German side a big advantage heading into the second leg at the Allianz Arena, where the Bundesliga champions are formidable opponents.


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