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Aubameyang inspires Dortmund comeback against Benfica

Published: Wednesday 8 March 2017, 22.44CET
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the disappointment of his first-leg performance behind him with a hat-trick as Dortmund stormed through to the quarter-finals.

Match statistics

DortmundBenfica

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts13
 
5
on target6
 
2
off target7
 
1
blocked0
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides9
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
13
Passes473
 
389
completed414
 
303

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 8 March 2017, 22.44CET

Aubameyang inspires Dortmund comeback against Benfica

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the disappointment of his first-leg performance behind him with a hat-trick as Dortmund stormed through to the quarter-finals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a hat-trick as Dortmund overturned their 1-0 first-leg defeat in impressive style to book a place in next Friday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw.

Aubameyang endured a torrid night in Lisbon three weeks ago, missing a penalty and exiting early as Benfica snatched victory, but here he found redemption. He didn't have long to wait either, drawing this round of 16 tie level inside four minutes when he nodded in Christian Pulišić's flick-on.

Benfica rallied and had chances to equalise but all too often their efforts attracted only Roman Bürki's magnetic arms. The one time the keeper was beaten, the back of Łukasz Piszczek's head intervened to divert Franco Cervi's shot to safety.

Moments later Pulišić put the hosts in front on aggregate with a lovely dinked finish and two minutes later Aubameyang's second of the night all but settled matters. The Gabon striker wasn't done, though, tapping in late on to claim the match ball. What a difference three weeks makes!

Aubameyang: 'Amazing feeling'

Key player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Having missed a penalty and two golden opportunities in Lisbon, Aubameyang must have felt he owed his team going into the return. The sight of him wheeling away in glee after netting a fourth-minute opener was indicative of his relief, while further predatory close-range finishes brought a second-leg hat-trick that confirmed the forward's class on European club football's grandest stage.

A special night for a special goal
Pulišić got the all-important second goal with a clever dink over Ederson and there really was no other way the 18-year-old American could have finished that move. He is already mature beyond his years and while this was his first UEFA Champions League goal, it's unlikely to be the last.

Dortmund seize their chance
Benfica falling behind so early will have irked coach Rui Vitória but the Eagles' first-half response – when they suffocated and frustrated their opponents for large parts – brought great promise ahead of the restart. The game opening up did the visitors few favours, however, and when Benfica lost shape while going in search of a goal, Dortmund pounced to devastating effect.  

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The hosts celebrate after clinching victory

Expert opinion
Steffen Potter, Dortmund reporter (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
The two legs at least had something in common: the away sides wasted some glorious chances for an away goal – a goal that could well have changed everything. The difference was that Dortmund made more of their home match and, considering the number of openings they created over 180 minutes, deservedly went through. The quarter-finals await, and Marco Reus will hopefully be back for those.

Paul Bryan, Benfica reporter (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Benfica reached the quarters before being ousted by Bayern last season. This time the Portuguese champions' tournament has concluded a round earlier, again at the hands of German opposition. The visitors knew they were fortunate to take a narrow lead to Dortmund, and when the dust settles they may acknowledge that they were eliminated by a better team.

Last updated: 10/04/17 12.43CET

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Lineups

dortmund

Dortmund

benfica

Benfica

38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
1
EdersonEderson (GK)
5
BartraMarc Bartra
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
Yellow Card38
Substitution81
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Yellow Card33
Substitution74
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal4
Goal61
Goal85
Substitution86
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
Goal59
14
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Substitution88
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution64
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Yellow Card65
19
EliseuEliseu
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Yellow Card31
21
PizziPizzi
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer (C)
22
CerviFranco Cervi
Substitution82
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
37
DurmErik Durm
50
SemedoNélson Semedo

Substitutes

1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
13
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
8
André HortaAndré Horta
21
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution86
9
JiménezRaúl Jiménez
Substitution82
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
Substitution81
10
JonasJonas
Substitution64
24
MerinoMikel Merino
15
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
Substitution88
17
A. ŽivkovićAndrija Živković
Substitution74
30
PasslackFelix Passlack
33
JardelJardel

Coach

Thomas Tuchel (GER) Rui Vitória (POR)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Oliver (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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