Franck Ribery played a part in two away goals as Bayern Munich took a 2-1 first leg lead from Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Pablo Sarabia scored the lone Sevilla goal, and the second leg is April 11 at the Allianz Arena.
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Minutes after hitting an open chance off the bar, Sarabia took advantage of poor positioning from countryman Juan Bernat to belt a ball past Bayern backup keeper Sven Ulreich and Sevilla into the lead after the half hour mark.
The match was level by the break thanks to a bit of freak luck, as Ribery’s hopeful ball into the fray took a turn off Jesus Navas’ feet. Goalkeeper David Soria could not adjust despite a decent effort, and it was 1-1.
It stayed that way until the 68th minute, as Ribery lifted a cross for Thiago Alcantara. The ensuing diving header took a turn on its way past Soria.
Sandro Ramirez had a terrific upper 90 attempt stopped by Ulreich minutes from the end.
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A Schalke win deprived Bayern Munich of a chance to clinch another Bundesliga title on Saturday, but the Bavarians will be happy to revel in the spoils of a Der Klassiker blowout.
Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat trick in a 6-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.
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Lewandowski scored in the 5th, 44th, and 87th minutes, and James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, and Franck Ribery also scored in the big win.
American winger Christian Pulisic suffered through a 39-touch performance in 74 minutes before he was pulled for Maximilian Philip.
Bayern now leads second place Schalke by 17 points. Dortmund is four back of second, and three above fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen and sixth-place Eintracht Frankfurt.
A day the champions dominated left the focus on the plight of its visitors, as the race to avoid the relegation playoff spot also stays tight in Germany’s top flight.
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Bayern Munich 6-0 Hamburg
USMNT forward Bobby Wood wasn’t in the 18 to see his likely relegation-bound side get absolutely bamboozled by the league’s gold standard attack.
Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat trick, Franck Ribery scored twice, and Arjen Robben also netted for the hosts.
Lewandowski’s 20 league goals are seven more than the field, and the second-place contestant is now in the Premier League (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal).
Here’s Hamburg boss Bernd Hollerbach:
“The game was over after 18 minutes. You can come here and lose, but I wasn’t happy with the manner of the defeat. That’s not the football I want to see.”
With the score 4-0, Ribery took nearly 70 percent of the Hamburg XI to school.
Hoffenheim 3-0 Wolfsburg
Serge Gnabry scored twice in about three minutes — one may be changed to an own goal — to bury the visitors’ hopes of relegation relief, as Hoffenheim stayed within sight of the Top Six. The loss means Wolfsburg remains ahead of playoff-bound 16th place on goal differential alone.
Mainz 0-1 Schalke — Friday
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Freiburg
Hannover 1-3 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Koln — 3:30 p.m. ET Monday
Franck Ribery is expected to be out for three months after suffering knee ligament damage in their draw with Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Ribery, 34, jarred his knee into the pitch when controlling the ball and is said to have damaged ligaments in his left knee.
The Frenchman, who has won seven Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and a UEFA Champions League in his 10 years at Bayern, turns 35 in April and is only contracted to the German giants until the end of the current season.
Speaking about the injury, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic’s wasn’t too optimistic.
“Franck has a lot of pain. We hope that there is nothing bad, but it does not look good. The doctor is investigating him. He could not examine him at first, because he had so much pain.”
Ribery’s injury caps off what has been a miserable week for Bayern.
First they were thumped 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. Then manager Carlo Ancelotti was fired. And now Ribery was injured against Hertha as they also blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.
The German giants will bounce back and despite their poor start to the season they’re only five points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
As for Ribery, his glittering Bayern career could be close to an end as it seems as though he may not return until after the winter break at the earliest.
Franck Ribery has hardly seen the field the last two years as injuries continue to limit his time on the pitch. Nonetheless, Bayern Munich has handed him a one-year contract extension, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the year.
The 33-year-old winger has made seven league appearances this season, including five starts, but he also missed five matches with a muscular injury that halted a run of outstanding form to start the year. Ribery had begun the league season in red-hot style, with two goals and five assists in the club’s first five matches – all wins – but since he went out the team began dropping points.
Ribery joined Bayern in 2007 on a $28 million deal from Olympique Marseille, and has made 333 appearances for the Bavarians across all competitions since the move.
“I’m very happy to play for FC Bayern for another year,” said Ribéry to the official Bayern Munich release. “This great club and the city have become my home, both in terms of sport and in private. I’m looking forward to many more beautiful moments together with the FC Bayern fans, and I want to play my part in the team’s success in the next one and a half years.”
Ribery has struggled with injury not just this year but the last few years. Last season, he missed more than half the campaign with a bad ankle injury, and the previous season he found himself sidelined on three different occasions, including the ankle injury that ended his season early.
“He’s both a key player and a crowd-pleaser, so we’re happy we’ve extended the contract with Franck by another year,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.