- Bayern beat Benfica 3-2 on aggregate.
- Hosts take lead, before Vidal and Müller goals.
- Talisca equalises on night, but Bavarians through to semis for fifth successive season.
FC Bayern München reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth successive season courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win over SL Benfica.
Bayern made an assured start at the Estadio da Luz as Thomas Müller hooked a volley wide and Arturo Vidal headed straight at Ederson, but their one-goal first-leg advantage was wiped out in the 27th minute when Raul Jimenez powered home Eliseu’s raking cross with his head. The Benfica goalscorer had a great chance to double his tally moments later, but could not beat Manuel Neuer from close range. That proved the wake-up call Pep Guardiola's men needed, and when Ederson could only half clear Philipp Lahm's right-wing cross, Vidal popped up on the edge of the area to lash in a sensational half volley and restore Bayern’s aggregate lead.
After Vidal fired over and Franck Ribery saw an effort charged down, Müller put the contest beyond any doubt with a routine finish from Javier Martinez's towering knock-down early in the second half. Bayern had their tails up as Douglas Costa went through on goal, only for a heavy touch to allow Ederson to smother, before once again racing clear and striking the foot of the post on the hour mark. Benfica substitute Anderson Talisca levelled on the night with an unstoppable free kick, but Bayern used all their experience to ensure the final 14 minutes passed without major incident.
Man of the match
Vidal has found his best form in recent weeks and was once again instrumental in the Portuguese capital. Benfica had no answer to the Chile international’s late runs from midfield, while his finish for the equalising goal was a thing of real beauty.
The treble dream remains alive and well for FC Bayern. Can Pep Guardiola make it a case of third time lucky?
- Bayern have never lost in Lisbon in UEFA competition (four wins, two draws).
- Müller has scored seven goals in nine Champions League appearances in 2015/16.
- Lewandowski made his 50th Champions League appearance.
Benfica: Ederson - Andre Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel (c), Eliseu (Jovic 88') - Fejsa, Renato Sanches - Pizzi (Guedes 57'), Carcela-Gonzalez, Salvio (Talisca 68') - Raul Jimenez
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Kimmich, Martinez, Alaba - Alonso (Bernat 90') - Costa, Thiago, Vidal, Ribery (Götze 90+2') - Müller (Lewandowski 84')