Bayern Munich beat Benfica Lisbon 1-0 during the first leg of the 2016 UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday in Munich at Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich starting lineup: Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal; Ribery, Alcantara, Muller, Costa; Lewandowski
Benfica starting lineup: Moraes; Silvio, Jardel, Nilsson, Eliseu; Sanches, Samaris; Pizzi, Jonas, Gaitan; Mitroglou
The final result:
|BAY||1 - 0||BEN|
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola said before the game that Benfica had the best defence in Europe. But Vidal's goal after just 2 minutes into 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. Benfica stood firm and Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski was left with little to no service. 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.
Chilean Vidal celebrates after scoring the only goal of the match. (Source: Reuters)
There was a haotic moment in the Bavarians' penalty area on 65 minutes when only desperate defending denied Jonas, who got off three shots. With 20 minutes to go, both coaches threw on game changers as Guardiola introduced France winger Kingsley Coman, then Mario Goetze. Benfica brought on Mexico forward Raul Jimenez for Kostas Mitroglou. The score remained the same. The final score means Bayern will defend a slim lead when these two teams meet again in Lisbon, Portugal, next week. The Germans remain the favourites, but Benfica showed on Tuesday they won't go down quietly.
Both teams are top of the table national leagues in Germany and Portugal respectively. Bayern will visit Stuttgart in the weekend trying to maintain their 5 point advantage ahead of Borussia Dortmund, while Benfica will visit Academica and they need to win in order to stay top of the table having only 2 points ahead of Sporting.