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Clinical Benfica punish profligate Dortmund

Published: Tuesday 14 February 2017, 22.45CET
Kostas Mitroglou scored from Benfica's only shot on target as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a penalty saved amid a host of missed chances by dominant Dortmund.
Clinical Benfica punish profligate Dortmund
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Match statistics

BenficaDortmund

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)35
 
65
Total attempts4
 
14
on target1
 
4
off target1
 
7
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
10
Offsides2
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
12
Passes283
 
673
completed212
 
590

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 14 February 2017, 22.45CET

Clinical Benfica punish profligate Dortmund

Kostas Mitroglou scored from Benfica's only shot on target as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a penalty saved amid a host of missed chances by dominant Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund were left to rue a host of missed opportunities – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty chief among them – as Kostas Mitroglou's predatory effort earned Benfica a narrow first-leg lead to take to Germany in three weeks.

Mitroglou pounced against the run of play from point-blank range three minutes into the second period. Luisão, on his 500th Benfica appearance, was the creator, heading Pizzi's corner towards the back post where the Greek striker stabbed in his 13th goal in as many outings.

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Benfica celebrate as Marco Reus looks on

Aubameyang has been in decent form too, but this was a night to forget. Having missed presentable chances at the start and end of the first half, he had the possibility of redemption before the hour but drove his penalty straight down the middle of the goal and Ederson repelled it.

Dortmund continued to press but time and again their finishing let them down so it is advantage Benfica in this UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

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Ederson denies Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Key player: Ederson (Benfica)
History repeated itself for Ederson tonight: the Brazilian helped secure Benfica a vital home victory in the group stage against Dynamo Kyiv by saving a spot kick and his stop from Aubameyang helped the Eagles claim a 1-0 success that could prove even more important. Coupled with some outstanding saves before and after, the 23-year-old was the definition of a match winner in Lisbon.

Benfica's bench pressing
Trailing significantly in the possession stakes and riding their luck for large parts of the first half, Benfica improved after the restart thanks to the introduction of UEFA Champions League debutant Filipe Augusto. The 23-year-old midfielder – a winter signing from Rio Ave – helped bolster the Eagles' engine room in an adapted formation.

Wayward finishing
A second defeat in four days, but while Dortmund's performance in Darmstadt arguably justified the negative result, that wasn't the case here. The Black and Yellows produced several great opportunities, yet squandered them all. With Adrián Ramos leaving in January, the team might be lacking an out-and-out scorer when Aubameyang is having a bad day at the office. Time will tell.

Reporters' views

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Mitroglou and Luisão

Paul Bryan, Benfica (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Taking full advantage of their opponents' profligate finishing, Benfica will be thrilled with a 1-0 advantage to take to Germany on 8 March. Ederson was brilliant and it seemed written in the stars when Luisão – 36 on Monday and making his 500th appearance for the hosts – supplied the assist for Mitroglou's goal.

Steffen Potter, Dortmund (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
It wasn't a big surprise that BVB played a lot better than they had against Darmstadt, because they often show their A game several times in the UEFA Champions League against strong opposition. But what must really worry Thomas Tuchel and his side is the fact they have been beaten despite that. The result, if not so much the performance, is sure to increase the pressure on the team.

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Last updated: 06/03/17 9.49CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

dortmund

Dortmund

1
EdersonEderson (GK)
38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
5
BartraMarc Bartra
Yellow Card90
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Yellow Card63
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Goal48
Substitution75
11
ReusMarco Reus
Substitution82
14
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
13
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
Substitution82
15
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
Substitution46
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Penalty58
Substitution62
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
19
EliseuEliseu
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
21
PizziPizzi
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer (C)
Yellow Card74
27
Rafa SilvaRafa Silva
Substitution67
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
50
SemedoNélson Semedo
37
DurmErik Durm

Substitutes

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
6
Filipe AugustoFilipe Augusto
Substitution46
21
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution62
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
Substitution82
Yellow Card85
9
JiménezRaúl Jiménez
Substitution75
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
22
CerviFranco Cervi
Substitution67
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution82
33
JardelJardel
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
30
PasslackFelix Passlack

Coach

Rui Vitória (POR) Thomas Tuchel (GER)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

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