Summary

  • 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

Goals: 1-0 Rodriguez (pen. 18'), 2-0 Arnold (25')

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

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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.

Mats Hummels celebrates his equaliser © imago / foto2press

LATEST: 76' DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL

Double change for Dortmund..on come Pulisic and Sokratis, Aubameyang and Bender go off.

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....

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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

Borussia Dortmund have arrived at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Marco Reus looks particularly focused, but what's bleating from those rather stylish headphones? We can only hope it is this.

19:12 - THICK AND FAST

There's no let-up for Dortmund. They don't have to go far to take on Ruhr Valley rivals FC Schalke 04 on Sunday, but a Revierderby is always something special…find out why!

WATCH: What is the Revierderby?

18:45 - PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MD28

© gettyimages / Mika Volkmann/Bongarts

'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.

WATCH: Player of the Week - Matchday 28: 'Chicharito'

18:24 - Win an adidas TORFABRIK official matchball...

As kicked by the stars in Sunday's Revierderby

18:02 - Sprechen Sie Fußball?*

© DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Want to speak fluent Bundesliga? We've got just the thing...

WATCH: Football German Lesson 8

* Do you speak football?

17:49 - Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur Ribery

17:23 - Dortmund, the Klopp years...

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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.

WATCH: Klopp's glorious BVB reign

17:15 - Wolfsburg weren't the first...

17:05 - Mainz games

16:35 - ¡Hola 'Chicharito'!

16:05- Hamann's prediction...

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!

Star page: our dedicated mini-site to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Infographic: Kagawa, Dortmund's Bundesliga centurion

Read: Ramos on fire

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...

Read: FC Bayern München 1-0 SL Benfica

Read: VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid CF

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...

13.15 Favourites?

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."

Read: Hamann backing Dortmund

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.

Bayern: Juan Bernat, Arturo Vidal

Wolfsburg: Diego Benaglio, Dante, Ricardo Rodriguez, Maximilian Arnold

13.00 Frenemies?

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!

12.40 History

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

Read: Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool preview

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!

Bis Morgen!

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.

Read: Klopp says Dortmund are favourites for the Europa League

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!

Hecking reaction

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.

Matthäus praise

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...

Read: VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid CF report

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.

HUFF, PUFF...

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!

Dante's inferno

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!

Read: Dante wants to write history against Real Madrid

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!

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!

DANGER MAN

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.

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.

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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.

Read: Full interview with Arturo Vidal

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!

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.

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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.

Read: Dante wants to write history against Real Madrid

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.

Read: FC Bayern München 1-0 SL 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ: Hamann: 'Dortmund are favourites'

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.

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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.

Watch: Ribery's stunning Matchday 28 matchwinner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

WATCH: MD28 Team of the Week

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

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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.

Check out Vierinha's Bundesliga stats here

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.

Click here for the best pictures from that one.

14:09CEST - Didavi joins Wolves

Wolfsburg have just confirmed that Stuttgart attacking midfielder Daniel Didavi will join the club this summer on a five-year contract. Click here for more on that one.

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.'

Click here for an exclusive interview with the Wolfsburg centre-half ahead of facing the Spanish giants.

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

Click here to find out why Manuel Neuer has been making waves on social media over the last few hours.

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.

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:

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.

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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!'.

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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.

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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!

Read: Owo meets ... Robert Lewandowski

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.

Read: Guardiola wary of Benfica

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.

Read: click here for the Catalan's thoughts on the encounter

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.

Read: click here for the full interview with the Bundesliga's top scorer

13:06CEST - match preview

Team news? Check. Pre-match background? Check. State of play? Check. Click here for bundesliga.com's pre-match preview.

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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?

Gallery: click here for the best Bundesliga fan displays

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?

Specials: click here for our site dedicated to Douglas Costa

Specials: click here for our site dedicated to Manuel Neuer

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.

#UYL Skills Challenge: Wolfsburg

#UYL Skills Challenge: VfL Wolfsburg ...

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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

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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.

Read: Lewandowski demands improvement

9:30CEST - Ribery stunner sees off Frankfurt

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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.

Read: Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt - match report

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.