DORTMUND- Aubameyang’s hat-trick comfortably sealed Borussia Dortmund’s place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Benfica 4-0 tonight.
Benfica held a 1-0 lead coming into the match, but after Dortmund’s dominance in the first leg, they were heavy favourites to comeback against the Portuguese champions.
The atmosphere was electric and there was a sense of belief and positivity amongst the Dortmund fans. Dortmund have won their last five games against Portuguese opponents including a 5-0 win against Benfica.
It only took Dortmund two minutes to level the tie up, when Pulisic flicked Dembele’s corner to the back-post where Aubameyang was unmarked to head home making it 1-0. (1-1 agg)
After Dortmund scored, Benfica grew into the game and had some decent spells of possession. Luisao had a good chance but his header was saved by Burki and Benfica were dangerous from set pieces.
The score going into the break was 1-0 for Borussia Dortmund.
In the 60th minute Dortmund found their second goal of the night making it 2-0 (2-1 agg) when Lukasz Piszczek’s pass found Pulisic who chipped the goalie to get his first ever Champions League goal.
Two minutes after making it 2-0, Dortmund got their third goal. Julian Weigl’s long ball found Schmelzer who’s first time cross met Aubameyang in the box who was there to convert. The score was now 3-1 on aggregate.
This meant Benfica needed to score twice to progress and not allow another goal. The Portuguese side was trying hard to come back but were running low on ideas as Dortmund looked comfortable.
Aubameyang completed his hat-trick in the last few minutes of the game with a great finish after he got on the end of Pulisic’s well timed cross making it 4-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate.
Borussia Dortmund advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a huge comeback, becoming the second German team to reach the last eight. Teams will fear coming to the Signal Iduna Park in the quarter-final.
The quarter-final draw will take place on Friday, March 17, at 6:00am EST.