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Vidal gives Bayern the edge against Benfica

Published: Tuesday 5 April 2016, 22.40CET
Bayern München 1-0 Benfica
The home side were unable to build on Arturo Vidal's second-minute header, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of next week's Lisbon return.
Vidal gives Bayern the edge against Benfica
Arturo Vidal wheels away after putting Bayern in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BayernBenfica

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts15
 
10
on target5
 
1
off target8
 
4
blocked2
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
2
Offsides5
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
10
Passes665
 
287
completed591
 
219

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 5 April 2016, 22.40CET

Vidal gives Bayern the edge against Benfica

Bayern München 1-0 Benfica
The home side were unable to build on Arturo Vidal's second-minute header, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of next week's Lisbon return.

  • Bayern München claim narrow victory at home to Benfica
  • Arturo Vidal heads decisive early goal
  • Visiting goalkeeper Ederson makes several important blocks
  • Benfica striker Jonas out of next week's return after second-half booking
  • Second leg in Lisbon on 13 April

An early goal from Arturo Vidal proved enough for Bayern München to record a slender win at home to Benfica in this UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, although their failure to add to that lead leaves the tie in the balance.

Bayern had needed to come from two goals down at home to Juventus in their round of 16 second leg, but they were quickly out of the blocks here and seized control with barely a minute on the clock. Douglas Costa switched play to the left and the ball was worked for Juan Bernat to deliver a pinpoint cross for Vidal to nod in at the far post.

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Renato Sanches vies with Arturo Vidal

Ederson, making only his second UEFA Champions League appearance, had no chance on that occasion yet the 22-year-old was equal to Douglas Costa's effort soon afterwards. Ederson also saved bravely at the feet of Robert Lewandowski, before blocking a thunderous Thomas Müller volley.

Vidal had another headed opportunity, the ball bouncing up and over the crossbar, but was called upon at the other end in the half's final seconds, flinging himself in the path of Nicolás Gaitán's ferocious volley.

Perhaps encouraged, Benfica began to show more of an attacking threat as the second half unfolded – and just before the hour, missed a golden chance to draw level. Jonas turned brilliantly past David Alaba yet his shot was too close to Manuel Neuer and the goalkeeper punched away.

Lewandowski had a flicked attempt comfortably dealt with by Ederson, who then denied Franck Ribéry with another fine block. That ensured there is little to separate the sides ahead of the return in Portugal next Wednesday.

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Vidal shone in Munich

Key player: Arturo Vidal
The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to head in Bernat's cross in the second minute and was at the heart of the action throughout, covering every centimetre of the pitch. The Chilean relishes these kind of nights and produced a committed display, putting his body on the line when required.

Bayern fail to build on early goal
After a slow start in the home leg against Juventus, Bayern flew out of the blocks to score after 110 seconds. But despite their first-half supremacy, the home team were unable to add to their tally and have a tough fixture awaiting them in Lisbon.

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Muted joy for Bayern at full time

Benfica still have hope
Two minutes in and you could have been forgiven for thinking it would be a long 90 minutes for the visitors. But the Portuguese champions weathered the Bayern storm and slowly gained a foothold. Though they struggled to create openings in the first half, the longer the contest stayed at 1-0 the more they grew in confidence. It won't be easy, but they have every chance of overturning the deficit in Lisbon next week.

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Last updated: 06/04/16 2.30CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

benfica

Benfica

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
EdersonEderson (GK)
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Yellow Card22
10
GaitánNicolás Gaitán (C)
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution70
11
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Substitution70
14
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
Yellow Card62
18
BernatJuan Bernat
Yellow Card42
17
JonasJonas
Yellow Card58
Substitution83
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
19
EliseuEliseu
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Goal2
21
PizziPizzi
Substitution90+1
25
MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution85
33
JardelJardel
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
32
KimmichJoshua Kimmich
Substitution60
85
Renato SanchesRenato Sanches

Substitutes

26
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution60
2
Lisandro LópezLisandro López
13
RafinhaRafinha
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Substitution90+1
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
9
JiménezRaúl Jiménez
Substitution70
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution85
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution83
20
RodeSebastian Rode
30
TaliscaTalisca
29
ComanKingsley Coman
Substitution70
50
SemedoNélson Semedo

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Rui Vitória (POR)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution