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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.

Arturo Vidal wheels away after putting Bayern in front
Arturo Vidal wheels away after putting Bayern in front ©Getty Images
  • 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.