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Bayern edge past Benfica and into semi-finals

Published: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 22.41CET
Benfica 2-2 Bayern (agg: 2-3)
Raúl Jiménez provided an early scare and Talisca hit the goal of the night but the German visitors struck either side of half-time to seal progress.

Match statistics

BenficaBayern

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)32
 
68
Total attempts9
 
16
on target5
 
7
off target2
 
7
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
6
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
8
Passes248
 
714
completed187
 
660

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 22.41CET

Bayern edge past Benfica and into semi-finals

Benfica 2-2 Bayern (agg: 2-3)
Raúl Jiménez provided an early scare and Talisca hit the goal of the night but the German visitors struck either side of half-time to seal progress.

  • Bayern through to club best fifth successive semi-final
  • Arturo Vidal nets second goal of tie after Raúl Jiménez levels aggregate score
  • Thomas Müller claims 36th UEFA Champions League goal in 78 games
  • Philipp Lahm plays 103rd game in competition, matching Oliver Kahn's German record
  • Semi-final draw on Friday at 11.30CET, streamed live on UEFA.com

Bayern München are through to the last four of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth season running after coming through a tough examination in Lisbon.

Raúl Jiménez's goal before the half-hour mark briefly brought this quarter-final level but once Arturo Vidal had driven in a killer away goal there was only one likely winner. Thomas Müller made it 2-1 soon after the restart and though Talisca's fine free-kick gained Benfica parity on the night, the Bavarians were home and dry.

Xabi Alonso on moving one step closer

With Jonas suspended and Nicolás Gaitán and Kostas Mitroglou failing late fitness tests, the hosts were deprived of their chief attacking threats yet it did not prevent them taking a surprise lead. Having spent much of the first 27 minutes imprisoned inside their own half, Benfica made a break for it.

It culminated in Eliseu lofting an exquisite ball into the box. Manuel Neuer came for it but was deceived by the flight and Jiménez stole in to nod into the empty net. Briefly, the shock was on. How different it could have been had Jiménez displayed the same poise that he had moments before when Eduardo Salvio's cross found him in space? Instead he snatched at it.

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Bayern celebrate

Bayern did not need a second warning. Seven minutes before the interval Vidal drove into the empty net after home goalkeeper Ederson's clearance landed at his feet and suddenly Benfica's optimism vanished – they now needed to score twice. Josep Guardiola's side were leaving nothing to chance, though, and they continued to press.

Müller then made it 2-1 from close range, with only the post denying Douglas Costa a third. Talisca's free-kick meant Benfica bowed out on a positive note but Bayern marched on.

Analysis from Andy James at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Arturo Vidal

Key player: Arturo Vidal
The Chilean may not have stood out particularly on the night yet over the two legs he undoubtedly made the biggest impact. Scorer of Bayern's first-leg winner, Vidal's thumping leveller in the return was the dagger to Benfica hearts. The combative midfielder was instrumental in Juventus reaching last year's final and his combined drive and experience may still help Bayern make this season's decider.

Benfica had their chance ...
... and blew it. When Jiménez gave Benfica a surprise advantage, Bayern were clearly shaken. The Eagles sensed this and piled on the pressure, creating another glorious chance for Jiménez. The Mexican, in space in the box, snatched and allowed Neuer to save. Had he scored, Bayern spirits would have further sunk and things could have turned out differently. As it transpired, Rui Vitória's team were left wondering what might have been.

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Talisca after his free-kick

Absences felt
Bayern were always favourites to progress but after a creditable 2-2 second-leg draw, many Benfica fans will be asking themselves what might have happened had their side been at full strength. The creativity of Gaitán and threat of Jonas were absent due to injury and suspension, and the late omission of Mitroglu left the hosts short of attacking options. All this, against a makeshift Bayern defence which at times looked vulnerable.

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PHOTOS

Last updated: 14/04/16 9.35CET

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Lineups

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Benfica

bayern

Bayern

1
EdersonEderson (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
9
JiménezRaúl Jiménez
Goal27
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution90+2
14
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Yellow Card74
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution68
11
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
19
EliseuEliseu
Substitution88
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution90
21
PizziPizzi
Substitution58
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
33
JardelJardel (C)
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Goal38
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
Yellow Card90+1
25
MüllerThomas Müller
Goal52
Substitution84
39
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Yellow Card70
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
85
Renato SanchesRenato Sanches
32
KimmichJoshua Kimmich

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
26
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Substitution84
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
13
RafinhaRafinha
20
Gonçalo GuedesGonçalo Guedes
Substitution58
18
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution90
30
TaliscaTalisca
Substitution68
Goal76
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution90+2
35
JovićLuka Jović
Substitution88
20
RodeSebastian Rode
50
SemedoNélson Semedo
29
ComanKingsley Coman

Coach

Rui Vitória (POR) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Mario Diks (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

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