Borussia Dortmund rubberstamped their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of a 4-0 win at home to SL Benfica in the second leg of their last 16 tie, earning a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Having surprisingly lost the first leg in Portugal three weeks ago, Dortmund started furiously here in an attempt to make amends. It did not take them long to draw level on aggregate, with Aubameyang scoring the first goal of the night after four minutes when he headed in at the back post following Pulisic's flick from a corner. The visitors settled well afterwards, however, holding firm at the back before the break and looking dangerous at set-pieces.
The tie remained poised on a knife-edge early in the second half until the momentum swung in favour of Thomas Tuchel's side when Pulisic gave them a two-goal cushion with a superb dink over Benfica goalkeeper Ederson. Aubameyang twisted the knife seconds later, tapping in from Marcel Schmelzer's cross. The Gabon international completed his hat-trick late on with another close-range finish from Pulisic's cross.
Man of the match
As so often this season, Aubameyang was the decisive figure for Dortmund, scoring two vital goals to knock the wind out of Benfica's sails.
Dortmund deservedly have their name in the hat for the quarter-final draw on 17 March after dominating over both legs, while Pulisic once again underlined his credentials as a big-game player.
- Aubameyang has scored 18 goals in his last 18 competitive outings.
- Pulisic netted his maiden Champions League goal in this game.
- The young American became Dortmund's youngest-ever scored in the Champions League, aged 18 years, five months and 18 days.
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis (Ginter 88'), Bartra – Weigl – Durm, Castro, Dembele (Kagawa 81'), Schmelzer (c) – Aubameyang (Schürlle 86'), Pulisic
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
SL Benfica: Ederson – Semedo, Luisao (c), Lindelöf, Eliseu – Salvio (Jonas 64'), Samaris (Zivkovic 74'), Pizzi, Almeida – Mitroglu, Cervi (Jimenez 82')
Coach: Rui Vitoria