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Dortmund record gives hopes as Benfica visit

Trailing 1-0 on aggregate, Borussia Dortmund will look to maintain their 100% home record against Portuguese opposition when they host Benfica in their second leg.

André Schürrle and Marco Reus have both scored against Portuguese opposition in the past
André Schürrle and Marco Reus have both scored against Portuguese opposition in the past ©Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund welcome SL Benfica for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 contest.

• The German side need to turn round the tie having gone down 1-0 in Lisbon on 14 February, Kostas Mitroglou getting the only goal early in the second half. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty to deny Dortmund an equaliser.

• Dortmund reached this stage by winning Group F ahead of Real Madrid CF – scoring an unprecedented 21 goals in the process – while Benfica were Group B runners-up behind SSC Napoli.

Previous meetings
• Dortmund prevailed when the clubs met in the European Champion Clubs' Cup first round in 1963/64. Benfica won the first leg 2-1 in Lisbon as António Simões and Eusébio struck either side of Dortmund's Reinhold Wosab, but they were overwhelmed 5-0 in the return with Franz Brungs hitting a hat-trick and Friedhelm 'Timo' Konietzka and Wosab also scoring.

Match background

Dortmund
• UEFA Champions League winners in 1997, Dortmund are seeking a third quarter-final appearance this decade.

• Since the beginning of last season Dortmund have lost just one of 11 home games (W8 D2) in UEFA competition.

• Dortmund have won all five of their previous home matches against Portuguese visitors. This includes a 2-0 victory over FC Porto in last term's UEFA Europa League round of 16, Łukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus providing the platform for an eventual 3-0 aggregate success.

• Dortmund beat Sporting Clube de Portugal home (1-0) and away (2-1) in this season's group stage.

• Dortmund have won eight of the 15 UEFA competition ties in which they lost the first leg away from home. Most recently they succumbed 3-0 at home to Juventus in the 2014/15 round of 16 second leg, bowing out having gone down 2-1 in Italy.

• Dortmund's shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W2 L2:
3-4 v Udinese Calcio, 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round
2-4 v Club Brugge KV, 2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
3-1 v Rangers FC, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round
6-5 v AJ Auxerre, 1992/93 UEFA Cup semi-finals

Benfica
• Benfica are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in the past six seasons. Last year they beat FC Zenit 1-0 at home and 2-1 away at this stage before a 3-2 aggregate loss to FC Bayern München in the last eight.

• Benfica gained the fewest points (eight) of the 16 teams that survived the group phase.

• Rui Vitória's men had mixed fortunes on the road in the group stage, losing at SSC Napoli (2-4), winning at FC Dynamo Kyiv (2-0), and then surrendering a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Beşiktaş JK.

Benfica lost 1-0 at Bayern on their last visit to Germany in the quarter-finals of last season's UEFA Champions League (agg 2-3).

• Their overall away record against German clubs is W2 D6 L14. Eduardo Salvio scored the first goal of Benfica's first ever victory in Germany – 2-0 at VfB Stuttgart in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 32, in which Luisão also played.

• When winning the first leg of a UEFA competition tie, Benfica have progressed 47 times, losing only eight. Their record is even stronger when the first game finishes 1-0; they have won 12 such ties, including against Zenit at this stage last term, and lost just one, against RSC Anderlecht in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, when they went down 3-0 away.

• Benfica's record in UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:
5-6 (neutral) v PSV Eindhoven, 1987/88 European Champion Clubs' Cup final
4-1 (home) v PAOK, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup second round
2-4 (neutral) v Sevilla FC, 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final

Player links
• Eliseu scored for Málaga CF in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at Dortmund in April 2013. His goal put Málaga 2-1 up on the night – and overall – but the Bundesliga team snatched a 3-2 victory with two added-time strikes.

• Eliseu was in the Portugal side that eliminated Łukasz Piszczek's Poland on penalties in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals.

• André Schürrle struck twice against Júlio César in Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In that same tournament Schürrle, as a substitute, appeared alongside Mario Götze in a 4-0 group stage thrashing of a Portugal outfit including substitute André Almeida.

• Schürrle and Gonzalo Castro were on the losing side when Benfica last won in Germany – a 1-0 success at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32. Luisão, André Almeida and Salvio were on the winning team. Schürrle went on to score in the second leg, which Benfica edged 2-1 in Lisbon.

• Jonas scored for Valencia CF in away (1-2) and home (3-1) encounters with Schürrle and Castro's Leverkusen in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage. Schürrle was on target in Leverkusen.

• Sebastian Rode was an unused Bayern München substitute in both legs of last term's quarter-final against Benfica.

• In his first season in European football, Adrián Ramos lost 4-0 at Benfica with Hertha BSC Berlin in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

• Ljubomir Fejsa lost 1-0 at Dortmund with Olympiacos FC in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Mitroglou holds German citizenship and had spells in the youth ranks at MSV Duisburg and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Rafa Silva figured as a Portugal substitute alongside Raphaël Guerreiro in a 5-0 win over Matthias Ginter's Germany in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

• Have played together:
Kostas Mitroglou & Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Andreas Samaris (Greece)
Eliseu, Rafa Silva & Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal)

Match facts

Dortmund
• Raphaël Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer are a booking away from a ban.

• Since their first-leg defeat, Thomas Tuchel's men beat VfL Wolfsburg and SC Freiburg 3-0, before racking up a 6-2 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday.

• Dortmund's German Cup quarter-final at third-tier VfL Sportfreunde Lotte on 28 February was postponed because of an unplayable pitch. The tie has been rearranged for 14 March, with the winner playing Bayern in late April.

• Mario Götze, who has not played since 29 January, was ruled out "for the time being" on 27 February. The midfielder is suffering from metabolic disturbances, a disorder that is contributing to his ongoing muscular problems.

• Sven Bender (ankle) and Rode (groin) are yet to play in 2017. Marco Reus will miss out with a hamstring injury picked up against Leverkusen.

Benfica
• Pizzi, Fejsa and Samaris are a booking away from a ban.

• Benfica have won their last seven games in all competitions.

• Mitroglou has scored 18 goals in his last 17 appearances.

• Mitroglou was on target twice as Benfica triumphed 2-1 at Estoril Praia in the first leg of their Portuguese Cup semi-final on 28 February.

• Fejsa has not played since the 1-0 win at SC Braga on 19 February because of an ankle injury. 

• Ruled out of the games against Dortmund and Braga due to back and neck pains, Jonas came off the bench versus GD Chaves on 24 February but suffered a relapse and missed the trip to Estoril. He returned again for Saturday's 1-0 win at CD Feirense.

• Felipe Augusto suffered an ankle injury in Estoril and is expected to be out for three weeks.

• Jonas extended his contract by one year, until June 2019, on 1 March.