- Hummels leveller earns Dortmund draw with Klopp's Liverpool
- Rodriguez and Arnold strike for Wolfsburg to down Real Madrid
- Vidal's early header for Bayern only goal of first leg vs. Benfica
Borussia Dortmund were held to a draw by Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie, but FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg, who beat Real Madrid CF, celebrated victories in their UEFA Champions League ties.
Results & Match reports
Thursday, 7 April: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool FC
Goals: 0-1 Origi (36'), 1-1 Hummels (48')
Wednesday, 6 April: VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid CF
Tuesday, 5 April: FC Bayern München 1-0 SL Benfica
Goals: 1-0 Vidal (2')
Thursday, 7 April
23:32 - Phew!
What a week of European football! Successes for Bayern and Wolfsburg, a draw for Dortmund that leaves their tie in the balance. That wraps up this blog, but we'll be back bright and early on Friday for all the build-up to Matchday 29 with Hertha Berlin vs. Hannover 96 kicking things off at 20:30CEST/18:30GMT. Join us then.
23:30 - Tuchel: 'We're able to score away'
"We wanted to win. We were not at our top level and if you’re not, you don’t deserve to win. We expected to be better, more free in our passing, more precise. We needed a lot of time to get into the game […] We’re able to score away goals and we’re able to score more than one, so we’re not frightened. We’ve been to a lot of places and scored and won. It’s half-time in the tie, but the players are confident. We’re looking forward to it, but between it, we have the game against Schalke."
23:27 - Tricky task at Anfield awaiting BVB
23:22 - Mkhitaryan, a man of influence
23:10 - Here's what Klopp thought...
"Dortmund are a pretty good side as you could see, but we had our moments. We could have won the game. Conceding from a set-piece was unnecessary."
"A lot of people thought we would lose 2,3,4-0...you have to defend with all you have against an opponent like Dortmund."
FULL-TIME: 90+2' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Klopp's return to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK ends in a draw...Liverpool will be the happier of the two sides with that result...Dortmund had the better chances, and now have it all to do at Anfield next Thursday.
LATEST: 86' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Dortmund attempting to break through and get themselves a second goal to take with them to Anfield for next week's second leg, but Liverpool - with Sakho excellent - are holding firm.
LATEST: 83' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Released down the left by a deft touch from Mkhitaryan, Schmelzer should have done better than hit the first defender with his cross...wonderful pass from Mkhitaryan though.
CHANCE: 80' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Mkhitaryan burst into space...finds Castro...not the best ball, but the former Leverkusen man checks back and gets a shot away that Mignolet parries.
LATEST: 76' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
SAVE: 57' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Sahin jinks inside onto his left foot and fires goalwards from 20 metres, but the former Liverpool midfielder didn't catch it cleanly enough to really trouble Mignolet.
SAVE: 51' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Two great saves from Weidenfeller in quick succession...the first from close-range, the second from distance...Liverpool responding very positively indeed. Lallana had the first effort, Clyne the second. Really top-drawer stops from the Dortmund 'keeper...and to think he's now second-choice behind Roman Bürki....
GOAL: 48' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Mkhitaryan takes a corner short to Castro...who gives it back... LOVELY BALL IN! HUMMELS!!! Heads home...Mignolet got a hand to it, but could only push it into the net...not the start to the second half Klopp will have wanted, but ideal for Dortmund!
SECOND-HALF: 46' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Klopp makes a change at the break - presumably injury-enforced - with Jordan Henderson replaced by Joe Allen, while Nuri Sahin comes on for Erik Durm for Dortmund...Thomas Tuchel perhaps wanting a little extra guile in midfield? We'll see, as they get underway again...
22:07 - Mexican mates...
HALF-TIME: 45+4' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
The hosts have dominated, but it's the visitors who have the lead from their only reah opportunity of the half...BVB boss Thomas Tuchel has some work to do in that dressing-room at the break.
CHANCE: 45+4' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Weidenfeller goes in the book after rushing from his goal to block Origi's shot...the Belgium international forward was clean through after another lovely through ball...Weidenfeller wasn't happy a team-mate was down injured at the opposite end of the pitch.
CHANCE: 45+3' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Ball slipped into the run of Aubameyang, but he is well shepherded by Sakho, who has been superb so far for the visitors. Those two will have come up against each other already when playing in France's Ligue 1.
LATEST: 38' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Clyne makes a scything run from right-back and almost gets all the way through to Weidenfeller only for a last-ditch challenge to halt him...
LATEST: 37' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Unusual to see Klopp not celebrate a goal with a fist pump on the sidelines in Dortmund....
GOAL: 36' DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL
Little ball dinked forward and flicked on for Origi...holds off Piszczek...TWISTS BACK INSIDE AND SHOOTS! And against the run of play, Liverpool have the lead.
CHANCE: 35' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Mkhitaryan surges forward...finds Aubameyang...his shot is straight at Mignolet.
CHANCE: 33' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Mkhitaryan cuts inside from the right-hand channel and sends a low left-foot shot just wide of the post...had he not slipped upon making contact with the ball, his drive may have brought better reward.
LATEST: 32' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
The visitors stretched as Aubameyang bursts down the left, but his attempted cut-back for Reus is cut out...Dortmund looking dangerous.
LATEST: 29' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Free-kick in the left-hand channel, some 30 metres out...Aubameyang stands behind it, fully focussed...SHOOTS! Deflects off the wall, and though Mignolet dived to his right, it was always going wide.
LATEST: 23' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Prolonged treatment for BVB goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who looks like he might have lost a tooth after colliding with Dejan Lovren having parried the Croatia international's close-range header from a James Milner free-kick...Lovren needs a little treatment too, but they're both OK.
CHANCE: 17' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Gorgeous ball from Weigl, angled to the left to Schmelzer....CUTS IT BACK!! MKHITARYAN!! Sakho blocks when that looked for all the world that it would be a goal...what a ball from Weigl to start the move!!
CHANCE: 15' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
The ball is cleared only as far as Reus on the edge of the box...he fires through a crowd, but wide of the target.
LATEST: 12' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
The ball just squirms away from Mkhitaryan's first touch...that would have been a chance if the Armenia international had managed to control it.
LATEST: 9' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Emre Can's block on Mkhitaryan earns him the first yellow card of the game...the Dortmund fans will surely give the former Bayer 04 Leverkusen man an extra 'warm' welcome this evening.
LATEST: 6' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Habitual high-tempo start by Dortmund...they're looking to use the pace of Aubameyang...it's frantic right now.
LATEST: 1' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
When you have a bona fide superstar former player taking a selfie with you, you know you've made an impression...take a bow the Südtribune!
KICK-OFF: 1' DORTMUND 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Buckle up, we're underway...
20:57 - 'YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE'
The Dortmund fans usually sing the song adopted by Liverpool fans before every home game anyway, but it's especially appropriate tonight...not much chance of walking alone anyway with 80,000 or so shoehorned into the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
20:53 - How times have changed...
Fun fact:— DW Sports (@dw_sports) April 7, 2016
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus was a mascot when Liverpool beat Alaves in the UEFA Cup Final in 2001.#BVBLFC
20:34 - He's back...
20:28 - Sunset over the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
20:00 - Dortmund with options aplenty
It's an attack-minded Dortmund line-up, with young Erik Durm bringing added width to the table. Gonzalo Castro starts in midfield, while the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin and freshly minted USMNT international Christian Pulisic warm a rather tasty looking bench.
19:55 - Familiar faces in Liverpool side
Former FC Bayern München and Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can starts for Liverpool, but ex-TSG 1899 Hofffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino has to make do with a place on the bench.
19:51 - Reus bringing the beats
19:12 - THICK AND FAST
18:45 - PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MD28
'Chicharito' stole the show as Bayer 04 Leverkusen saw off VfL Wolfsburg to give their hopes of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League a huge boost.
18:24 - Win an adidas TORFABRIK official matchball...
As kicked by the stars in Sunday's Revierderby
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17:49 - Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur Ribery
17:23 - Dortmund, the Klopp years...
Emotions will be running high when Liverpool FC head coach Jürgen Klopp returns to his former Borussia Dortmund stomping ground...
bundesliga.com looks back at the the lovable tactician's memorable seven-year tenure at the BVB helm.
17:15 - Wolfsburg weren't the first...
17:05 - Mainz games
16:35 - ¡Hola 'Chicharito'!
16:05- Hamann's prediction...
Would take getting beat 2-1, they are a proper side though. https://t.co/zrbTfm94Ta— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) April 7, 2016
15.02 Star players
Whom should fans keep an eye on tonight? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 30 goals for club and country this season, whilst Shinji Kagawa recently made his 100th Bundesliga appearance. Don't forget about Adrian Ramos, though. The Colombian is likely to start on the bench, but read on below to see what he is capable of!
14.51 Travelling support
The nearly 1,000 kilometre journey from Merseyside to North Rhine-Westphalia has failed to stop Liverpool fans turning out in force. "You'll Never Walk Alone" - an anthem for both sets of fans - promises to ring out at SIGNAL IDINA PARK tonight...
14.29 ...Matthaus thinks so
Former FC Bayern München and Germany star Lothar Matthäus thinks Borussia Dortmund will make it a Bundesliga 1-2-3 against Liverpool.
14.22 German treble?
Borussia Dortmund could become the third German team this week to outdo European competition should they get past Liverpool tonight. In case you missed FC Bayern München's and VfL Wolfsburg's Champions League exploits, you can read about them here...
Congratulations, Maxi! pic.twitter.com/DvNZUnjpPX— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) April 7, 2016
14.01 BVB Form
No team has picked up as many points in the Bundesliga in 2016. Dortmund have claimed 29 of a possible 33, and have four more points now than FC Bayern München did when they won the title in 2001.
13.57 Not so normal...
Thomas Tuchel has proved a more-than-able successor to fan favourite Klopp, winning 75 percent of his games so far.
13.35 The Klopp years
With seven trophy-laden years spent at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, Jürgen Klopp is the longest-serving coach in Borussia Dortmund's history. He won five major titles in that time. Click through the videos below (using the arrows) to take a season-by-season walk down memory lane...
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is refusing to get carried away with his side's impressive form, saying: "We were never interested in being the favourites, so we will not start with that mindset."
13.02 Team of the week
How about that for a UEFA Champions League team of the week? Impressive wins for VFL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München mean there are no fewer than six Bundesliga players in this dream XI.
How does Jürgen Klopp feel about taking on the team with whom he won two Bundesliga titles?
12.44 A German first
...but the first ever meeting between Dortmund and Liverpool will live long in the memory. England might have beaten Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, but BVB beat Liverpool in that year's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, with goals from Siegfred Held and Reinhard Libuda helping Die Schwarzgelben become the first-ever German team to win a European title!
It's honours even between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. The teams played out a goalless draw the last time they met at SIGNAL IDUBANA PARK, then known as the Westfalenstadion, before Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield later in their UEFA Champions League Group B campaign...
12.11 Possible line-ups
Speaking of birthdays, the next one at Dortmund will be Sven Bender's. The midfielder turns 27 in 20 days. He has been used at centre-back in recent weeks. Mats Hummels and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have returned to full training, though, so there might be no space for the former 1869 Munich man.
For Liverpool, former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino is expected to come into the side in place of James Milner.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels (c), Schmelzer - Weigl, Durm - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus - Aubameyang
Liverpool: Mignolet - Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno - Henderson (c), Can - Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho - Sturridge
12.03 Happy Birthday!
There was a double celebration for FC Bayern München winger Franck Ribery this week. Not only did he help the Bavarians past SL Benfica in their first-leg clash at the Allianz Arena, but he also celebrated his 33rd Birthday. Happy Birthday Franck!
11.57 Auba goal-threat
Aubameyang scored 29 Bundesliga goals in his two seasons under Klopp. This season he is up to 23 already, but the African Player of the Year still credits his former coach for kick-starting his career.
Hello again. There's another action-packed day of football in store to follow LIVE right here. It's advantage FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg after their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first legs...
That's a wrap for tonight. A fantastic performance from VfL Wolfsburg saw them beat Real Madrid CF 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Now attention turns to Jürgen Klopp's homecoming, with Liverpool FC playing Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. Can BVB complete a German clean sweep in Europe. Check back here tomorrow to find out!
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was a happy man after his side beat Real Madrid 2-0, saying: "If Madrid opens the door then we have to go through it."
Naldo happy, Draxler cautious
A clean sheet on his return from injury, and a 2-0 win over Real Madrid. No wonder Naldo is pleased!
"We have shown that we are a team. If we focus on ourselves we can beat anyone," said Naldo.
"We can enjoy the moment but we must not think it is job done," said Draxler.
Naldo: "Wir haben gezeigt, dass wir eine Mannschaft sind. Wenn wir uns auf uns konzentrieren, können wir jeden Gegner schlagen." #WOBRMA— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) April 6, 2016
Julian Draxler: "Wir genießen den Moment, dürfen aber nicht denken, dass wir mit einem Bein weiter sind." #WOBRMA— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) April 6, 2016
Former FC Bayern München star Lothar Matthäus knows a thing or two about Champions League performances, having twice finished as a runner-up in the competition. High praise...
FULL TIME!! A great performance from Wolves who will be taking a 2-0 lead to the Bernabeu next week! #WOBRMA— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) April 6, 2016
FULL-TIME: WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID!!
It's advantage Wolfsburg ahead of next week's second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The Wolves have never made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, let alone a semi-final, but they have one foot in the next round. Goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Max Arnold seal the deal 2-0.
ADDED TIME: WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Four minutes of injury time are shown by the fourth official. Time for one more?
CHANCE: 89' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Kruse wastes little time in threatening the Real Madrid goal, but Navas leaps across his goal to palm the chance away.
CHANGES: 85' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Max Kruse enters the fray in place of Schürrle for the hosts. Former FC Bayern München man Toni Kroos makes way for James Rodriguez for Real Madrid.
SUBSTITUTION: 79' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Henrique makes way for Christian Träsch, and not one of the 30,000-strong Volkswagen Arena crowd remain on their seat. What a fantastic first start that was from the Brazilian winger!
CHANCE: 76' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Henrique once again gets goal-side of left-back-cum-centre-forward Marcelo. The Real Madrid man is trying to get Real going at the other end but Henrique pulls into the box before stinging the gloves of Navas!
CHANCE: 73' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Ronaldo springs Wolfsburg's offside trap but his shot spins under Benaglio and wide of the goal.
LATEST: 71' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Benaglio may be the captain ahead of Luiz Gustavo this evening, but the Brazilian is forming a formidable shield in front of the Wolfsburg back four alongside Guilavogi.
CHANCE: 68' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Schürrle is free inside the Real Madrid box but he blazes what might have been his 11th goal of the season in all competitions high of Navas' goal.
SUBSTITUTION: 64' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Accordingly, Zidane shuffles his deck: Luka Modric makes way for Isco. The Real boss only has one change left, with Jese replacing Benzema at the end of the first half.
CHANCE: 63' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Schürrle bursts through but Pepe gets back to cover the danger. Wolfsburg look like they could grab another here!
...AND BLOW YOUR HAUS DOWN?
Los Blancos have overhauled a two-goal deficit in the competition once before (though not one from half-time).
LATEST: 56' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Josuha Guilavogi is an imperious presence for Wolfsburg in the heart of midfield. The former AS Saint-Etienne man has covered 7.3km so far, completing 91 percent of his passes.
CHANCE: 53' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Draxler's speed and panache gets him free on the flank before he spins the ball into the Real box, but there's too much on it for Henrique. Would Bas Dost have got to that one? The big Dutchman is on the bench...
CHANCE: 49' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Ronaldo bursts forward but slips on the edge of the Wolfsburg box, screwing his chance wide of the post.
Real Madrid have never come back from two goals down at half-time to win in the Champions League.
KICK-OFF: 45' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Wolfsburg kick us off for the second half at the Volkswagen Arena. Goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold mean the Wolves have a two-goal cushion. This is Real's first meeting with Wolfsburg. At this rate they may want it to be their last!
Wolfsburg's Brazilian defender Dante was delighted to have drawn Real Madrid in the club's first Champions League quarter-final. So far so gut for the centre-back!
HALF-TIME: WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
What a fantastic 45 minutes of football for Wolfsburg at their Volkswagen Arena! Goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold mean ten-time European champions Real Madrid are trailing 2-0.
CHANCE: 42' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Henrique again! This is turning into a break-out appearance for the former Goias man. The 25-year-old's Bundesliga career is only 101 minutes old but he's showing no respect for his compatriot and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo. This time his cutback falls behind Arnold, though.
CHANCE: 41' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Ronaldo gets free on the right edge of Wolfsburg's box and fizzes a cross in, but Benaglio helps it on and the chance goes begging for Zinedine Zidane's side.
CHANCE: 35' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Bale races clear on the left-hand side once again, but Naldo shows great anticipation to block his shot. What shoulder injury?!
LATEST: 32' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Draxler is growing in influence, cutting in from the left wing to dictate play. Wolfsburg have scored victories over CSKA Moscow, Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven and KAA Gent this season, but it's difficult to remember the last time Dieter Hecking's team looked so dangerous.
GOAL: 24' WOLFSBURG 2-0 REAL MADRID
Wolfsburg make it 2-0!! Draxler spins the ball across the box for Henrique who cuts it back for Maximilian Arnold, and the 21-year-old steers home his first ever Champions League goal! What a start for the Wolves!
Since 2005, 19.8% (63) of penalties awarded (318) in the #UCL have been saved...— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 6, 2016
GOAL: 18' WOLFSBURG 1-0 REAL MADRID
Ricardo Rodriguez makes it 1-0 from the penalty spot, sending Navas the wrong way for his third, and surely most important, goal of the season!
PENALTY: 17' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Casemiro brings down Andre Schürrle in the Real Madrid box and Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi immediately points to the spot!
CHANCE: 14' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Benzema's quick feet get him one-on.one with Benaglio, but the Swiss races off his line to quell the danger before Bale blazes the rebound wide!
CHANCE: 13' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Wolfsburg's best chance of the match so far falls to Henrique, but after meeting Julian Draxler's cross he is denied his first Wolves goal by Keylor Navas!
No player has been responsible for as many goals in Europe's top tier competition as Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
CHANCE: 9' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Gareth Bale sprints clear on the left wing but the Welshman's low cross is hoovered up by Diego Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal.
LATEST: 5' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Bruno Henrique is looking lively on the right flank in what is the Brazilian's first start for the Wolves.
CHANCE: 1' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
A brilliant through-ball from Karim Benzema plays in Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese is denied his UEFA Campions League-leading 14th goal of the season by the offside flag.
KICK-OFF: 1' WOLFSBURG 0-0 REAL MADRID
Real Madrid get things underway at an expectant Volkswagen Arena.
19:56 - Real Madrid starting line-up
Germany international midfielder Toni Kroos, who won the Champions League with FC Bayern München in 2013, starts for the visitors.
19:50 - Wolfsburg starting line-up
Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking hands winter signing Bruno Henrique his first start and Champions League debut. The Brazilian forward has made just five substitute appearances since joining the club.
Line-up: Benaglio, Vieirinha, Draxler, B.Henrique, Schürrle, Dante, L.Gustavo, Guilavogui, Naldo, Arnold, Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/FDRjgEuWng— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) April 6, 2016
Subs: Casteels - Schäfer, Ascues, Kruse, Dost, Träsch, Knoche #WOBRMA— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) April 6, 2016
19:17CEST - Zidane wary of Wolves' bite in attack
Wolfsburg might sit eighth in the current Bundesliga standings, but Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says he is not paying much attention to the Wolves' hot and cold domestic form: "Wolfsburg have fought hard to be here and deserve to be here. They may have had problems in the Bundesliga, but this is a completely different competition. We are not untouchable and Wolfsburg are able to hurt us. They have a fast attack so we have to be alert."
19:10CEST - Vieirinha relaxed
Wolfsburg's Portuguese wide man Vieirinha says "the pressure is on Real" in tonight's quarter-final first leg at the Volkswagen Arena. Do you agree? How do you think the Wolves will fare against the ten-time European champions? Tweet us: @Bundesliga_EN.
18:55CEST - Klopp press conference
As ever, the returning Jürgen Klopp was on fine form ahead of tomorrow's Europa League quarter-final first leg between Dortmund and Liverpool. Find out what he told the assembled press below:
17:54 - Aubameyang hot on the trail
Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the second-highest goalscorer in this season's Europa League on seven goals. The form he's been in this season, you have to fancy him to add to his tally against Liverpool. 36 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions: PROLIFIC!
16.30CEST - One stop shop
bundesliga.com has you covered as well, but in case you want a non-official body point of view...
16.00CEST - Hey Arnold!
A banner of Maximilian Arnold adorns ones side of the Volkswagen Arena.
15:00CEST - Liverpool en route
The Reds have taken to the skies ahead of their UEFA Europa League clash with Dortmund.
14:30CEST - Dortmund press conference
Here's a look at the highlights from the press conferences involving Gonzalo Castro and Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel...
13:50CEST - Spanish contingent in town
Real Madrid's fans appear to be in fine voice ahead of their side's encounter with VfL Wolfsburg later tonight.
13:20CEST - BVB be warned
Jürgen Klopp won't be the only superstar in town when Liverpool travel to Dortmund. BVB would be well advised to keep a certain Philipe Coutinho under wraps if they want to pick up a positive result.
12.45CEST - Vidal: 'Our fate is in our own hands'
Talking to the assembled press after the win over SL Benfica, man of the hour Arturo Vidal was all too happy to discuss FC Bayern's victory, his positional flexibility in the win over Benfica and the impact of having his family in attendance, but was also quick to point out that the German record titleholders still have a job to do when they travel to Lisbon in a week's time.
12:00CEST - Pool party!
Match-winner Arturo Vidal and David Alaba have in recovery mode after the defeat of Benfica and both appear to be having a whale of a time in the pool!
11:20CEST - Anticipation rising
Wolfsburg's fans appear to have mixed emotions ahead of the clash with Real Madrid. "Is there anyway we can just skip the next nine hours", reads the first tweet, while the second states that the user is "somehow optimistic". The third is self explanatory!
Können wir die nächsten neun Stunden irgendwie überspringen? #WOBRMA— OliverK (@SportsCrazy97) April 6, 2016
10.40CEST - Lewandowski confident
A goal or two more would of course have made life easier, but Robert Lewandowski still believes FC Bayern can get the job done in Portugal.
10.15CEST - Vidal interview coming soon...
Match-winner Arturo Vidal was in a jubilant mood in the mixed zone following FC Bayern's win over Benfica. "Above all I'm delighted that, with my goal, I was able to help ensure that we won today and that we've got a good chance of reaching the next round". Find out what else the Chilean international had to say on bundesliga.com. The full interview will be up shortly...
9.40CEST - Smiles from coast to coast
FC Bayern München boast worldwide appeal and it seems their win over SL Benfica certainly had fans on either coast of the US feeling good heading into the second leg.
9.15CEST - Toughest of tests
Wolfsburg certainly have an uphill climb ahead of them as they take on the most in-form side in the Champions League. Were this season's results to be broken down into a league table, Real Madrid CF would sit at the summit with 22 points from eight games! However, as Vieirinha points out the Wolves are keen to prove that their involvement in the quarter finals is no fluke.
9.00CEST - Guten Morgen!
Aaaand we're back! Good morning one and all and happy hump day! It's a case of one down, one to go for the Bundesliga sides in the UEFA Champions League. FC Bayern München got the ball rolling with a narrow victory last night, but can VfL Wolfsburg follow in their footsteps?
Tuesday, 5 April
Gute Nacht und Auf Wiedersehen
That's all from us tonight. Congratulations to FC Bayern München for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg 1-0 win over SL Benfica.
Now attention turns to VfL Wolfsburg's showdown with ten-time European champions Real Madrid CF on Wednesday. Check back here for the full LIVE build-up and play-by-play updates after kick-off!
23.28CEST - Wit and grit
FC Bayern forward Thomas Müller calls for a little more attacking inspiration in the second leg against Benfica.
23.24CEST - Guardiola happy
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his team after they won past Portuguese champions Benfica 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.
23.13CEST - Man of the match
bundesliga.com and UEFA were in full agreement that Arturo Vidal was the stand-out player in Bayern's victory over Benfica.
23.05CEST - Alaba ambition
FC Bayern defender David Alaba wants to see more attacking intent next Wednesday, saying: "hopefully we've saved some goals for the return leg."
23.01CEST - Neuer appraisal
FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was satisfied with his side's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over SL Benfica.
FULL-TIME: 90+5' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
A wave of relief sweeps round the Allianz Arena as the final whistle sounds...it's the most slender of advantages Bayern will take to Portugal for next Wednesday's second leg in Lisbon.
LATEST: 90' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
There are five minutes of added time to be played...
CHANCE: 89' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Great opportunity for a second wasted...Lewandowski could have - should have? - shot himself, but instead tried to square for Lahm, but the Poland international's pass was overhit...a sublime through ball from Vidal to create the chance.
LATEST: 87' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
The Allianz Arena crowd are nervous...there's an anxious quietness about the Bayern fans as they hope their side can add a late second.
CHANCE: 81' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Bayern pushing again now...Ribery on the left...CUTS INSIDE....and his low angled drive is kicked away by Ederson.
CHANCE: 64' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Bayern are so lucky there...Jonas' shot strikes Martinez, and when it drops to the Benfica forward again, he slices the shot wide from close range. That is a major let-off for the hosts, who have been second-best since the interval.
LATEST: 60' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
A pensive Pep Guardiola stalks out from the dug-out and into the technical area...the Bayern boss has seen his side dominate without adding to their early goal.
CHANCE: 56' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Free-scoring in the Portuguese league, Jonas finally gets a site of goal courtesy of a fortuitous ricochet off Alaba, but Neuer stands firm...Benfica's best chance by far so far.
LATEST: 47' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Bernat bends a cross in from the left, and Lindelöf makes an important interception ahead of Lewandowski...
KICK-OFF: 46' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
The second half is underway in Munich...what did Pep Guardiola have to say to his charges at half-time?
21:43 - Hamann: 'Liverpool have problems'
Dietmar Hamann sees his former club Liverpool FC as underdogs in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, despite the presence of former BVB coach Jürgen Klopp.
HALF-TIME: 45' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Vidal's early goal means Bayern have the advantage, but the hosts will need to find a way to break through their well-organised opponents again if they are to give themselves a plumper cushion ahead of the second leg.
LATEST: 43' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Bayern still bossing possession, but Benfica have settled since conceding that early goal and are looking a much tougher nut to crack now for Pep Guardiola's men.
LATEST: 40' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Ribery goes airborne in an attempt to volley a cross goalwards, but unlike at the same end of the Allianz Arena against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, he doesn't connect sweetly.
LATEST: 35' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
The hosts enjoying 61 per cent possession...as Vidal gets on the end of a Müller cross, but this time doesn't connect cleanly with the header and the ball flies over the bar.
CHANCE: 32' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Costa, Vidal and Thiago all stand over a free-kick just outside the box in the left-hand channel...instead of shooting, Thiago lobs it over the wall for Müller to break onto, but Ederson rushes from his goal to smother...good anticipation from the Benfica 'keeper.
LATEST: 29' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Lahm slides in to block a cross and the ball appears to strike his arm...the referee waves play on...
LATEST: 22' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Neuer comes for Benfica's first corner, and gives it a right jab a heavyweight world champion would have been proud of...
CHANCE: 20' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Ribery again in space on the left...comes inside...finds Thiago on the edge of the box...FLIPS A LOVELY BALL FOR MÜLLER!! ON THE VOLLEY!! Blocked by Ederson...gorgeous move from Bayern.
LATEST: 18' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
The visitors offering very little by way of attacking threat...Bayern, quite the opposite.
CHANCE: 10' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Costa brings down a long pass out to the right with almost insolent ease...CUTS INSIDE ONTO HIS LEFT! Low drive well held by Ederson with Lewandowski and Müller looking to snaffle any loose ball.
LATEST: 8' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
The hosts are bossing possession, and look dangerous every time they come forward. Ribery, who scored such a stunning goal at the weekend, is getting a huge amount of space down the left.
GOAL: 2' FC BAYERN 1-0 BENFICA
Ball spread across the pitch to Ribery...he leaves it for Bernat...AND VIDAL!! Gets in front of his man to head home...dream start for FC Bayern!
KICK-OFF: 1' BAYERN 0-0 BENFICA
We're underway at a boisterous Allianz Arena.
20:39 - Is it a bird?...
20:32 - World's safest hands?
20:09 - Stairway to Heaven?
This is where the Bayern team will head down before rising again to emerge onto the Allianz Arena pitch.
20:06 - Gearing up...
19:58 - The Bayern line-up
19:56 - The Benfica starting XI
19:54 - TEAM OF THE WEEK: HAVE YOUR SAY!
Take to Twitter to send us your thoughts on the Matchday 28 Team of the Week - FC Bayern fans, you'll find Franck Ribery in there.
19:36 - Flagging up the Benfica danger man
19:01 - Awaiting the artists...
18:56 - Zidane press conference
18:52 - Zidane meets the press ahead of #WOBRMA
18:44 - Where will you be watching #FCBSLB?
18:35 - Marcelo press conference
18:23 - Look out world!
18:12 - Pre-match stats: #FCBSLB
- The teams have met three times previously with Bayern winning them all, and then going on to reach the final each time.
- FC Bayern have reached the semi-finals the last four seasons.
- Bayern have won all four home games in the competition this term with a cumulative goal difference of 18-3.
- Benfica are in their first quarter-final since 2011/12.
- The Portuguese giants reached the final on both previous occasions they progressed from this round.
17:15 - Vierinha on #WOBRMA
Question: Dante said you have two percent chance of progressing. Do you agree?
Vierinha: I would say it is a little more possible. I think a little more. The pressure is on Real Madrid because they are the favourites. We want to show we can play well against a team like Madrid.
Question: How is your relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo?
Vierinha: He is an amazing person, nothing like what the press writes. He's a fantastic person. I know him well and he helps you when you need.
Question: Do you know how to stop Cristiano?
Vierinha: It is hard to stop the best player in the world. With the help of my teammates that is what we are going to try to do. We cannot focus only on Cristiano, though.
Question: What is Wolfsburg's style?
Vierinha: We have a little bit of everything. We have some more balance than last year and also quality with the ball at our feet...We will try to improve our image in the Bundesliga. We can be higher in the championship.
16.56CEST - Real threat
VfL Woflsburg coach Dieter Hecking says Real Madrid CF are a dangerous side quite aside from their star performer Cristiano Ronaldo.
16:01CEST - Benatia buzzing
15:54CEST - Bayern in training
14:54CEST - Coman on fire
The winger also scored a brilliant goal to knock out his parent club Juventus in the last round.
14:09CEST - Didavi joins Wolves
13:30CEST - Bayern in good spirits
There appears to be no tension amongst the FC Bayern München ranks at Säbener Straße. A love for the sport so often proves a key component in the German record titleholders producing their best performances.
12:57CEST - Kiss the ball
FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski appears to have the ball under his spell. That should come in handy later tonight!
12:12 CEST - Allianz Arena atmosphere
A taste of what's to come tonight from the home fans, who will no doubt be in full voice come kick off.
11:53CEST - Dante: 'We want to write history against Real Madrid.'
11:25CEST - Alaba excited
11:20CEST - Kroos en route
Former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos will be back in his homeland with the Spanish giants Real Madrid tomorrow night to take on the Wolves.
10:57CEST - Schalke's fond memories
The Royal Blues hammered FC Internazionale Milano five years ago in the quarter-finals...
10:18CEST - Ribery's stunner
Fancy some highlights of how Bayern warmed up for tonight's clash with Benfica? Relive the Bavarians' victory over Frankfurt and Franck Ribery's stunning strike here.
10:00CEST - Wolfsburg schedule
09:42CEST - Neuer tongue-tied
The Bayern custodian got into a bit of a pickle at his press conference last night. Recap some of the best bits here...
09:30CEST - Neuer in fine spirits
Monday, 4 April
20:00CEST Vitoria's quotes
Rui Vitoria had the following to say at the pre-match press conference: "I want Benfica to be successful in all the competitions we play in. We're going to play with utmost responsibility, respecting our opponents' strength. It's important that we play with joy and enthusiasm. I feel I'm a happy coach because Benfica are winning, and that's the primary objective.We are one of the top eight sides in Europe and this is a very great satisfaction. We know the job we've got to do here in Munich. Bayern are a very versatile team. This game is our most important game because it's our next one."
19:45CEST Benfica press conference
The Benfica press conference is underway inside the Allianz Arena...
Andre Almeida: "We're just going to be ourselves, playing the way we've been playing since the start of the season. Benfica have been doing a great job.We're in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – who's favourite is only relative. We have also made it this far, so we deserve to be here just as much as Bayern."
19:35CEST New signing?
Arturo Vidal has posted a picture with Douglas Costa and... a new signing? "Great training session ahead of the Champions League with two cracking lads," says the Chilean.
Buen entrenamiento pre-Champions con 2 grandes crack!!!😜😜😜 pic.twitter.com/yfEujBmalI— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) April 4, 2016
19:28CEST We are here!
Piggybacking on Bayern's 'Mia san mia' motto, Benfica have tweeted 'Mia san hier' (we are here), to which Bayern have replied rather tongue in cheek:
Enjoy it while you still can! �� https://t.co/6qSKHkr1rS— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 4, 2016
19:15CEST Press conference ends
More to come shortly from the visitors.
19:12CEST More from Pep...
The Bayern coach has plenty to say tonight.
19:10CEST - Benfica training
Here are a few pictures of Benfica's training session at the Allianz Arena, which is just coming to an end.
18:50CEST - Guardiola on the stand
The Catalan coach was keeping his cards close to his chest at the press conference, admitting he has yet to make up his mind which 11 players he will be sending into action tomorrow night, but he had praise for Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery - could they be on either wing?
18:45CEST Warm welcome to Benfica
Before Guardiola arrives for his appointment with the media, Bayern have welcomed their guests into their home, and received a warm 'obrigado!'.
18:40CEST - Douglas Costa quotes
A natural choice for the press conference, if only for linguistic purposes, Douglas Costa appeared happy to answer a few questions in his native tongue.
18:30CEST Bayern press conference
Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer has answered the questions of the gathered media inside Munich's Allianz Arena, and a slip of the tongue brought a smile to many people's faces, although he soon corrected himself.
18:15CEST - Owo meets Lewandowski
Want to know more about Bayern's star striker Robert Lewandowski? Well Patrick Owomoyela has met up with him for a relaxed chat and we will be bringing it to you on Wednesday. Mark the page below so you don't miss it!
18:05CEST Training time
Benfica's players are about to get their first sight of the Allianz Arena baize.
18:08CEST - Calm before the storm
This is what the Bayern dressing room looks like now, but imagine how it will be 24 hours from now.
18:00CEST - Nurturing the grass
To ensure everything is perfect, the Manuel Neuer zone of the Allianz Arena is currently a no-go area, with artificial sunlight focused on the area to get the grass growing quicker.
17:45CEST - Press conference approaching
No sign of the protagonists yet, but the stage is set.
17:30 CEST - Benfica's focus on youth
Rui Vitoria will step up to the Allianz Arena podium once Guardiola, Douglas Costa and Manuel Neuer have left it - at 19:30CEST - but the Benfica coach has already given detailed information on why it is youth to the fore at the Portuguese pace-setters, in an interview with UEFA.com.
17:15CEST - Alaba ready
Training over for Bayern, and David Alaba is ready for Benfica.
17:05CEST - Guardiola to meet the media
The official UEFA pre-match press conference for Bayern featuring Pep Guardiola and Douglas Costa takes place at 18:30CEST and we will bring you updates for it via Twitter. Before then, click on the link below to read what Guardiola already has had to say about Tuesday's clash.
16:50CEST - Coman training
A boost for Guardiola today with Kingsley Coman out on the training field.
16:30CEST - Run, Franck, run!
Bayern's French wing wizard is motivated for Tuesday.
16:15CEST - Fact and figures
Bayern have just tweeted some facts and figures which underline why they are regarded as the favourites to win this tie. These include how the record champions are unbeaten at home to Portuguese opponents and have won their last ten European matches at the Allianz Arena. Oh, and the last seven knockout matches that have seen Bayern play at home first? All wins.
15:40CEST - Bayern in training
The Bavarian giants are out in the sun at Säbener Straße...
15:19CEST - Guardiola wary
Pep Guardiola has sounded a note of caution prior to his side's clash with the Portuguese champions tomorrow night.
14:26CEST - Bayern have been warned...
Jonas scored a 37th-minute penalty as Benfica warmed up for their trip to Munich with a 5-1 home win over UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists Sporting Braga.
14:24CEST - Imposing home record
Indeed, the Bavarian giants have only tasted defeat once on home turf all season (versus Mainz on Matchday 24).
13:31CEST - Lewandowski demands more
Bayern centre-forward Robert Lewandowski has said that Bayern need to play "much, much better" than they did against Eintracht Frankfurt if they are to get past Benfica tomorrow night.
13:06CEST - match preview
Team news? Check. Pre-match background? Check. State of play? Check. Click here for bundesliga.com's pre-match preview.
12:36CEST - Badstuber excited
There will undoubtedly be some impressive fan tifos at the Allianz Arena tomorrow, how about checking out some other great Bundesliga choreographies?
11:30CEST - the Bayern schedule
We'll be bringing you updates from the press conference with Douglas Costa, Manuel Neuer and Pep Guardiola from 18:30CEST this evening. In the meantime, why not have a look around our special sites devoted to Costa and Neuer's heroics?
10:40CEST - paying the bills
It might not strictly be Bayern-related, but check out some of these tricks from Wolfsburg's youngsters. The Wolves welcome ten-time winners Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
10:27CEST - Benfica en route
10:17CEST - the object of desire
Bayern are the joint third-most successful club in the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid CF - who face VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday night - have lifted 'old big ears' ten times; AC Milan seven times; with Bayern level on five trophies with FC Barcelona and English giants Liverpool FC.
10:10CEST - top of the league...
Domestic duties took priority this weekend for the Bundesliga's record champions, with victory over the Eagles maintaining the five-point cushion at the top of the standings.
9:45CEST - Lewandowski wants more
FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski says his side need to play "much, much better" than they did against Eintracht Frankfurt if they are to get past SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League.
9:30CEST - Ribery stunner sees off Frankfurt
Franck Ribery’s stunning first-half volley paved the way for FC Bayern München’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankurt on Saturday as the Bundesliga frontrunners stretched their lead to eight points.
9:00CEST - Willkommen!
No sooner has the Bundesliga's Matchday 28 ended with FC Bayern München maintaining their hold at the top of the table than Pep Guardiola's men turn their attentions to scaling the summit of the European game. They face SL Benfica in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday evening - follow all the build-up and the game itself right here in our live blog.