Champions League - 1st Leg
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Bayern Munich 1-0 Benfica

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Arturo Vidal
Bayern Munich have won all five home games in this season's Champions League

Arturo Vidal's early goal gave five-time winners Bayern Munich victory over Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The midfielder headed home Juan Bernat's cross from the left in the first attack of the game.

Bayern, though, failed to build on their advantage as they struggled to break down a well-organised Benfica.

The visitors could have snatched a draw when Jonas' second-half strike was blocked by Javi Martinez.

Bayern, who have reached the semi-finals every year since 2012, will need to improve on an unusually lethargic performance if they are to avoid an upset in next Wednesday's return leg in Portugal.

Pep Guardiola

Bayern frustrated by 'best defence in Europe'

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola suggested before the game that Benfica had the best defence in Europe.

Bayern scoring a goal inside two minutes - when Vidal headed into the bottom corner - suggested Guardiola was generous with his praise, but to Benfica's credit they made things difficult for the hosts for the rest of the game.

Despite Franck Ribery and Douglas Costa's attempts to stretch Benfica, the Portuguese side stood firm and Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski was left with little to no service.

There was a distinct lack of energy to Bayern's play and the home crowd became increasingly frustrated as the game wore on.

When chances did present themselves Bayern were let down by poor decision-making, highlighted in the dying seconds when Lewandowski opted to pass to Ribery when one-on-one against Ederson.

Bayern Munich
For all their possession, Bayern lacked the urgency to press Benfica in their own half and were largely content to pass the ball around in midfield after scoring

Can Benfica cause an upset in the second leg?

Benfica's defeat was only their second in 21 games and, in Jonas, they possess one of the in-form strikers in Europe.

The Brazilian has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season, but wasted two clear chances to add to that tally on Tuesday.

With Jonas and 21-goal strike partner Kostas Mitroglou in their ranks, Benfica have goals in them and will believe they can triumph at home.

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Man of the match - Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal
As well as scoring, Arturo Vidal was a lively presence throughout and was one of the few Bayern players who attempted to make things happen

What they said:

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola: "I'm very happy with the result because I know how good our opponents are. Credit to my team.

"When you get to the Champions League quarter-finals, it's always the second leg that's key. We head to Lisbon with the intention of winning."

Benfica boss Rui Vitoria: "It's all open. Bayern is one of the best teams in the world. But we will give in Lisbon our best.

"We had our problems, but our attitude was right. I'm very happy with our performance."

The stats you need to know

  • Bayern Munich have won their past 11 Champions League home games their best run in the competition - scoring 41 goals and conceding only six along the way
  • Benfica have lost all four of their away games against Bayern Munich, conceding 14 goals
  • Bayern have now won three successive games 1-0 in all competitions for the first time since September 2005
  • Vidal scored after one minute and 47 seconds, Bayern's fastest goal this season - beating his goal (4:23) v Nottingen
  • It was Bayern's fastest goal since April 2013, when Alaba netted against Juventus after only 24 seconds
  • Vidal is now the top scoring Chilean in Champions League history, overtaking Alexis Sanchez's 10 goals

What next?

Bayern, who are five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, travel to Stuttgart on Saturday, while Acad Coimbra host Benfica in the Portuguese Liga.


Bayern Munich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 32KimmichSubstituted forMartínez Aguinagaat 60'minutes
  • 27Alaba
  • 18BernatBooked at 42mins
  • 23Vidal
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forComanat 70'minutes
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forGötzeat 85'minutes
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7RibéryBooked at 22mins
  • 9Lewandowski


  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 14Alonso
  • 19Götze
  • 20Rode
  • 26Ulreich
  • 29Coman


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ederson
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 14Nilsson-LindelofBooked at 62mins
  • 33Nivaldo Vieira
  • 19Eliseu
  • 21Afonso FernandesSubstituted forSamarisat 90+1'minutes
  • 5Fejsa
  • 85Renato Sanches
  • 10Gaitán
  • 11MitroglouSubstituted forJimenez Rodriguezat 70'minutes
  • 17Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 58minsSubstituted forSalvioat 83'minutes


  • 2López
  • 7Samaris
  • 9Jimenez Rodriguez
  • 13Pedro Lopes
  • 18Salvio
  • 30Souza Conceição
  • 50Nélson Semedo
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamBenfica
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 1, Benfica 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 1, Benfica 0.

  3. Post update

    Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Eliseu (Benfica).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Benfica. Andreas Samaris replaces Pizzi.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pizzi.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

  8. Post update

    Renato Sanches (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Eliseu (Benfica).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mario Götze replaces Thomas Müller.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Franck Ribéry with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Nilsson-Lindelöf (Benfica) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Nicolás Gaitán.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Benfica. Eduardo Salvio replaces Jonas.

  18. Post update

    Offside, FC Bayern München. Juan Bernat tries a through ball, but Thiago Alcántara is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Almeida (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood


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