Bayern München vs Benfica

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  • Bayern München 1
  • Benfica 0
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  • Time 4:45 AM AEST 6 April 2016
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Quarter-finals
  • Leg 1
  • Venue Allianz-Arena
  • Attendance 70,000

Bayern München

Bayern München FCB

Benfica

Benfica SLB
Goal Scorers
  • A. Vidal
    • 2minutes
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Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 1
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
6 Apr 2016 - 7:45am

Vidal gives Bayern narrow first-leg lead over Benfica

Bayern Munich earned a narrow 1-0 lead to take into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Benfica after a tight match at the Allianz Arena.
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6 Apr 2016 - 7:10 AM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2016 - 7:45 AM

Suarez completes Barcelona comeback
Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona came from behind to record a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

Arturo Vidal gave Bayern the lead in the second minute, powerfully heading home a delicious Juan Bernat cross to put the Bundesliga champions in control.

But a second proved elusive, with Jonas twice coming close to equalising and giving Benfica a priceless away goal to take into the return game, which takes place at the Estadio da Luz next Thursday (AEDT).

The Primeira Liga leaders also had a penalty appeal rejected when a cross hit Bayern captain Philipp Lahm on the arm on the box.

Benfica have not reached the semi-finals since the 1989-1990 season and face a tough task to overturn their first-leg defeat, with Bayern seeking a last-four place for the fifth-straight year.

Pep Guardiola's team have now won 11 successive Champions League home games, extending their club record, while Benfica have now failed to beat the Bundesliga champions in seven attempts.

Guardiola had hailed Benfica's defence as the best in Europe before the game, but it took Bayern less than two minutes to break the visitors' resistance.
 
Bernat delivered a terrific left-wing cross into the box and Vidal made a late run into the box to head home a simple opening goal.

Douglas Costa tested Benfica's goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, who was deputising for injured fellow Brazilian Julio Cesar, after 10 minutes as Bayern dominated the early stages.
 
Thomas Muller forced another save from Ederson with a volley after 20 minutes, then Benfica had a penalty appeal rejected on a rare attacking foray when a sliding Lahm blocked a cross from close range with his arm.

An inventive chipped free-kick over the wall by Thiago Alcantara almost freed Muller before Vidal planted a header into the ground and just over the crossbar as the one-way traffic continued.

Jonas, who was later booked and will miss the second leg, had Benfica's first shot on target after 55 minutes but it was well dealt with by Manuel Neuer, then Bernat's speculative shot went wide.

The visitors, who had won 19 of their last 20 games in all competitions, were pressing hard and Jonas had a close-range strike well blocked as Rui Vitoria's men sought a crucial away goal.

Ederson denied Franck Ribery with his legs after 80 minutes as Bayern looked to kill the tie off and Benfica could not break down a stubborn Bayern back line, leaving them with a mountain to climb in the second leg.

Match Commentary

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90 SO Substitute out Pizzi of Benfica
90 SI Substitute in A. Samaris of Benfica
90 COMMENT Lewandowski is one of a few members of the Bayern team who have been well below their best tonight. The hosts are trying to knock the stuffing out of Benfica with a late goal here, but the Primeira Liga team have thwarted everything that has been thrown into the box.
90 COMMENT Deep into injury time here as Benfica look to close this game out. Bayern visit Stuttgart in their nest match, while the Portuguese side also have a trip to make domestically, traveling to face Academia.
90 COMMENT Samaris enters the fray late on, and off goes Pizzi.
88 COMMENT Lindelof is back with us and nearly sees Bayern score a second in behind him as the hosts attack, but a wayward pass from the off-colour Lewandowski has ended that attack! Should have hit that one, the Pole, as he was clear on the keeper!
86 COMMENT Lindelof came off worse for wear in that last challenge with Lewandowski, and has been pulled to the sidelines to receive treatment - meaning that Benfica are down to 10 men momentarily.
85 SO Substitute out T. Müller of Bayern München
85 SI Substitute in M. Götze of Bayern München
85 COMMENT Off goes Muller and on comes Gotze for the final stretch.
84 COMMENT LEWANDOWSKI CAN'T FINISH! The Polish striker is put on his bike on the break, but the defence catches up with him to block his initial effort. He keeps a hold of possession though, but loses out once again in his second attempt on goal.
83 SO Substitute out Jonas of Benfica
83 SI Substitute in E. Salvio of Benfica
83 COMMENT Jonas departs after an honest shift up top, and on comes Eduardo Salvio.
82 COMMENT EDERSON SAVES IT! The keeper has hardly put a finger out of place - or a toe, in this case. Ribery twists his way into the area and tries his luck for the bottom corner, but the Brazilian uses his feet to make the stop.
80 COMMENT Just over 10 minutes to go here in Germany, and Bayern are starting to mount another charge on the Benfica penalty area. You get the sense that the visitors are happy to take this narrow deficit into the second leg.
78 COMMENT Benfica deserve all the credit for making things difficult for Bayern here, and they've even managed one or two solid efforts on goal. Time is starting to run out, and this is not a bad result for them at all.
76 COMMENT Another goal for Barcelona in their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, and it's Luis Suarez with his second of the game, and 45th overall this season to send his side ahead 2-1.
74 COMMENT Lewandowski sets Ribery on his way during a Bayern counter-attack, but the Frenchman can't quite scamper into shooting space. He lays it wide for Bernat, who intelligently lofts a cross to the back post, but the defence just about deal with it.
72 COMMENT Vidal concedes a free-kick after a sloppy challenge on Jonas, who had rode a few Bayern challenges in a foray into the final third. No booking for the Chilean though, who is one yellow card away from a suspension.
70 SO Substitute out K. Mitroglou of Benfica
70 SI Substitute in R. Jiménez of Benfica
70 SO Substitute out Douglas Costa of Bayern München
70 SI Substitute in K. Coman of Bayern München
70 COMMENT Mitroglou has endured a quiet night, and he has been pulled for Jimenez here.
70 COMMENT One wide player for another as Coman is called upon to replace Costa. The young Frenchman was superb against Juventus, and Guardiola will be hoping for a similar game-changing cameo.
68 COMMENT CHAOS IN THE BAYERN BOX! A poor header from Ribery allows Benfica to pounce, but a heroic sliding challenge from Lahm inside the area takes care of a dangerous low cross. However, the visitors keep it alive, with Jonas striding onto the rebound, only to lash his shot into the chest of Martinez!
66 COMMENT In case you haven't been following the other game at Camp Nou, Luis Suarez has now levelled the scores for Barcelona after an opener from Fernando Torres - who was also sent off.
64 COMMENT Still only one goal in this as we head past the hour mark, and the fans are getting a little frustrated as some pressure from the front forces Alaba to clear the ball out for a Benfica throw-in.
62 YC Yellow card awarded to V. Nilsson Lindelöf of Benfica
62 COMMENT Lindelof gets involved in a tussle for the ball with Lewandowski, and loses possession, committing an untidy challenge to try to win the ball back. All he gets out of that is a yellow card.
60 SO Substitute out J. Kimmich of Bayern München
60 SI Substitute in Javi Martínez of Bayern München
60 COMMENT Javi Martinez continues his return from a meniscus injury as he's called upon to man the centre of defence in the last half-hour. Off goes the young defender Kimmich.
58 YC Yellow card awarded to Jonas of Benfica
58 COMMENT Jonas gets called for a handball and, moments later, he steps on the foot of Vidal in his haste to win a challenge. He gets booked for that, and he will now miss the return leg in Lisbon.
56 COMMENT BAYERN UNDER PRESSURE! Jonas gets the better of Alaba with a turn of pace, but the angle is against him and Neuer makes the save! Another positive moment for the visiting team.
54 COMMENT Costa does what he does best, cutting in from the flank onto his stronger foot, and he lets fly with an effort on goal that is blocked by the face of Jardel, nearly knocking the centre-back out. He'll need some medical attention, but he should be fine.
52 COMMENT Bayern are biding their time here around the Benfica 18-yard area, but the visitors are keeping the door firmly shut. There's been a real lack of clear-cut chances in this match since about the 20-minute mark.
50 COMMENT Lewandowski attacks a pass from Muller and drills an effort right down the throat of Ederson. It's a substandard finish, and the offside flag is up anyway. The Pole is already looking to get more involved in this half.
48 COMMENT Bayern cause problems with a quick throw, but the ball is cleared away from danger before Lindelof can pounce. No changes at the break, although Alonso has been warming up for the hosts.
46 COMMENT Here we go again!
45 COMMENT Another Benfica shout for handball, as Mitroglu hammers a half-volley on goal, with Vidal blocking emphatically on the slide. Very hard one for the referee to judge, and it would have been harsh on Bayern had he called that.
45 COMMENT Renato Sanches is down on the deck and in need of treatment, and that is a worry for the visitors, as he's been one of their increasingly influential players in the latter stages of the first-half. He'll be assessed further at the break.
44 COMMENT The game has rather petered out as we approach the half-time break. Benfica will be happy with the improvements they have made since going behind. They may well accept a narrow loss here for the second leg, but they'd like an away go al even more.
42 YC Yellow card awarded to Juan Bernat of Bayern München
42 COMMENT Pizzi gets the better of Bernat out wide, and the Spanish full-back has little choice but to drag him back, conceding a foul and getting a yellow card for his troubles.
40 COMMENT LIGHTNING NEARLY STRIKES TWICE! Ribery won the game for Bayern against Frankfurt over the weekend with a spectacular scissor kick and tries to repeat the trick, but his athletic effort can't trouble Ederson.
38 COMMENT Benfica have been trying to pick out their forward pairing of Jonas and Mitroglou with early crosses into the area, with the Greek striker in particular keeping the central defenders on their toes. Having said that, neither has managed a chance yet.
36 COMMENT BOUNCED ONTO THE ROOF OF THE NET! Vidal has shown a propensity to make late runs into the area, and he tries to repeat the trick for his opener by attacking a cross, only to drive his header over the top!
34 COMMENT Benfica are now playing closer to what Vitoria would have wanted them to display. They're limiting the space around the 18-yard area now, thanks to increased contributions from their midfield four.
32 COMMENT Almost a perfectly executed set-piece from the home side, as Thiago fools the defence again, clipping a lovely little ball over the wall for Muller. Benfica were lucky that Ederson read the play before anyone else and confronted the forward to make the save.
30 COMMENT Guardiola will want his side to score more than twice here at home, because all of a sudden, Benfica look capable of nicking an away goal at some point. As Juventus showed in the previous round, this Bayern team certainly are beatable.
28 COMMENT GOOD BREAK! Bayern are caught with their troops in no man's land, as Benfica counter, with Gaitan leading the charge down the left-hand side of the pitch. Lahm stops his cross on the slide inside the area, and the visitors appeal for a penalty, which is denied! Close call!
26 COMMENT Bayern are perhaps getting a little complacent here as they've turned the ball over carelessly once or twice. It's giving the visitors a dose of confidence here, as the feeling is that they've weathered the early storm with only a goal as the damage.
24 COMMENT Benfica win a corner-kick after good work from Pizzi, and it's taken by Gaitan, but it's punched clear with some conviction by Neuer at the far post. A positive few minutes for Benfica here.
22 YC Yellow card awarded to F. Ribéry of Bayern München
22 COMMENT First booking of the game has been produced by the Polish referee after Ribery went in for a challenge, missed the ball, but trod on the boots of Andre Almeida, sending the Benfica man rolling.
20 COMMENT SAVE BY EDERSON! Bayern move the ball around with supreme ease, with Ribery gliding in from the left and pinging one to Thiago, who fakes a shot and clips in a wonderful ball to Muller at the back post. The forward attacks it on the volley, but the Brazilian keeper gets down low to parry!
18 COMMENT Andre Amleida is afforded some space on the right-hand side, and he sends in a decent delivery that Mitroglou just can't manage to get on the end of. Benfica need more of that.
16 COMMENT There was minor trouble for Ederson after that last intervention he made, but it appears that he'll be alright to continue. Sanches tries to wriggle free of the attentions of Muller, but he's forced to pass back to the keeper.
14 COMMENT Ederson, who is in contention to start for Brazil this summer at the Olympics, makes a courageous stop down low to stop Lewandowski from polishing off Lahm's teasing cross into the area.
12 COMMENT It's already looking like a long evening for Benfica, as Ribery slices an effort wide of the mark. This has been clear one-way traffic, but Ederson has only had the one save to make thus far.
10 COMMENT Costa gets his first real chance to stretch his legs out wide, and he shifts inside of Eliseu to rifle an effort on target, but Ederson positions himeslf well to make his first save of the evening.
8 COMMENT Alaba is in position to head away a delivery intended for Mitroglou, and that is probably the first time that Benfica have managed to make something come remotely close to happening in the Bayern half.
6 COMMENT Bayern, as you would expect, are forcing Benfica into rushed clearances, which is hardly allowing the Portuguese side any time on the ball. It's already shaping up like so many of their Bundesliga games.
4 COMMENT Poor defending from Benfica, and what was already a tough task has now become that much harder. The last thing they want is Bayern sitting on a lead and passing them into submission.
2 AS Assist by Juan Bernat (Bayern München)
2 G GOAL (Bayern München): Scored by A. Vidal
2 COMMENT Lewandowski and Ribery linked up to send Bernat on his way, and the Spanish defender did the rest with his delivery to set up Vidal!
2 COMMENT DREAM START FOR BAYERN! Vidal is left unmarked in the centre of the area, and he gets his head on Bernat's cross to send the home side into the earliest of leads!
1 COMMENT We're off!
0 COMMENT Bayern Munich have had the measure of Benfica in European competition, although it's been 20 seasons since they last met on the continent. The Bavarians have knocked out the Aguias in 1975076, 1981-82 and 1995-96 - and they reached the final in each of those three campaigns. The Portuguese side have
0 COMMENT Bayern subs: Ulreich, Martinez, Rafinha, Alonso, Gotze, Rode, Coman.
0 COMMENT Benfica subs: Lopez, Samaris, Jimenez, Paulo Lopes, Salvio, Talisca, Nelson Semedo.
0 COMMENT Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final matchup between Bayern Munich and Benfica at the Allianz Arena. The hosts are looking to book their place in a fifth straight semi-final, but will have to overcome the in-form Portuguese outfit. Stick with us for all the ac
0 COMMENT Benfica won their last match 5-1 against Braga, and manager Rui Vitoria has opted to keep the same XI that orchestrated that victory. Luisao and Julio Cesar are still missing, so, Ederson Moraes keeps his spot in between the posts, while Jardel and Victor Lindelof form the central defensive pairing.
0 COMMENT Benfica have won 19 of their last 20 games in all competitions, and are two points ahead of Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga. They overcame Zenit in the previous phase to reach the last eight - their first appearance at this stage in four years - where they were eliminated by eventual winners Chelse
0 COMMENT Bayern (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal; Costa, Muller, Thiago, Ribery; Lewandowski.
0 COMMENT And that will do it for now from the Allianz Arena, as Bayern Munich hold a narrow 1-0 lead over Benfica, thanks to an opener from Vidal. The early exchanges threatened a Bayern avalanche, but Benfica recovered to make more of a game of it. Still, the Portuguese side are a goal behind, and have some
0 COMMENT Benfica (4-4-2): Ederson; Andre Almedia, Lindelof, Jardel, Eliseu; Pizzi, Fejsa, Renato Sanches, Gaitan; Mitroglou, Jonas.
0 COMMENT Bayern make three changes from their 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last time out. Arturo Vidal comes in for Xabi Alonso in the deepest midfield position, while Joshua Kimmich and Douglas Costa are also recalled at the expense of Javi Martinez and Mario Gotze.
0 COMMENT Bayern have won four straight games in all competitions, and continue to hold that five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga. They reached the last eight courtesy of a 4-2 extra-time win over Juventus at this ground in the second leg of the round of 16, after 180 minutes of football
0 COMMENT And there it is, as the referee ends the game at the Allianz Arena. Vidal's goal in the second minute turned out to be the only one, as the visitors dug deep to deny Guardiola's men a second that may have killed off the tie. Bayern were frustrated and below their best, which means that there's all t

Match Statistics

Bayern MünchenFCB

69
81
5
50
10
14
1
4
5
3
6
7
22
2
Possession (%) 69
Attacks 81
Corners 5
Dangerous Attacks 50
Fouls 10
Free Kicks 14
Goals 1
Goal Kicks 4
Offsides 5
Shots Blocked 3
Shots on Target 6
Shots Wide 7
Throw Ins 22
Yellow Cards 2

BenficaSLB

31
60
2
29
12
16
0
13
2
2
3
4
23
2