- Bayern draw 2-2 in Portuguese capital.
- Vidal and Müller with the goals for Bayern.
- Dortmund head to Liverpool for their UEFA Europa League second leg on Thursday.
FC Bayern München reached the last four of the UEFA Champions League for a fifth successive year with a 2-2 draw in their quarter-final second leg at SL Benfica on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund head to England to face Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC in Thursday's UEFA Europa League tie. bundesliga.com will be with you all the way...
Earlier this week...
All times CEST unless otherwise stated
FIXTURES (first-leg result in brackets)
Thursday, 14 April: Liverpool FC (1) vs. (1) Borussia Dortmund (kick-off 21:05) - match preview
Tuesday, 12 April: Real Madrid CF 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg (agg. 3-2) - match report
Wednesday, 13 April: SL Benfica 2-2 FC Bayern (agg. 2-3) - match report
Next stop: Liverpool
That's it from us for now, but we'll be back tomorrow to bring you more reaction from the Bayern camp as well as all the build-up to Dortmund's decisive UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg away to Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC. That one's poised at one apiece after the first leg, but BVB head coach Thomas Tuchel is bound to have something special up his sleeve at Anfield. Until then, join us in raising a glass to the mighty FCB: Champions League semi-finalists for a fifth season on the spin. Prost!
Bayern's Neuer - 'We want to make it to the top'
Bayern's Philipp Lahm - 'We know we can turn games around'
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola - 'We created enough to win'
"Huge compliments to the club. It just shows the stability of the club [that we’re in the semi-finals again]. Bayern are always there - huge compliments to my team and my players. We’ve had injuries but reached this stage with David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich in defence. We created enough chances to deserve to win the game."
Bayern's Thomas Müller - 'Our team spirit is fantastic!'
"We’d practised that move in training, so I was happy it worked so well and I managed to score! Our team spirit is fantastic and it’s only growing with each victory. You need passion in these games, but you also need to show the required quality and have a game plan. I’m sure Philipp Lahm will stay our record appearance holder for a long time. He’s not the quickest, but he makes up for it with his ability on the ball."
FULL TIME! SL BENFICA 2-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
That's the final whistle! Bayern advance despite a nervy finish in Lisbon. The record titleholders are in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth time in a row!
CLOSE! 83' SL BENFICA 2-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Talisca almost repeats the trick from a similar position. This time, however, the Brazilian's free-kick whistles just past Manuel Neuer's post.
GOAL! 76' SL BENFICA 2-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Javi Martinez is lucky to stay on the field after fouling Guedes on the edge of the area, but Talisca curls the resulting free-kick into the top corner to bring Benfica level on the night. We could be in for a nervous finish after all...
DISALLOWED! 68' SL BENFICA 1-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Thomas Müller has the ball in the net again, but David Alaba was in an offside position in the build-up.
SO CLOSE! 60' SL BENFICA 1-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Douglas Costa skips away from his marker and drills a fierce shot towards the far post, but the ball cannons off the woodwork. That would have finished the hosts...
GOAL! 52' SL BENFICA 1-2 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Javi Martinez heads the ball back across the six-yard box to Thomas Müller, who makes no mistake to score his eighth Champions League goal of the campaign! Bayern have one foot in the last four of Europe's premier club competition...
SECOND HALF! SL BENFICA 1-1 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
The ball is rolling again in the Portuguese capital. Can Bayern hold out? Stay up to date right here!
HALF TIME! SL BENFICA 1-1 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
It's level at the break, but Arturo Vidal's crucial away goal has given the Bundesliga leaders the advantage here. Pep Guardiola's side are 45 minutes away from reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth consecutive time.
GOAL! 38' SL BENFICA 1-1 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Arturo Vidal, who scored the only goal of the game in the first leg last week, thunders home from the edge of the area after Philipp Lahm's cross had been parried out to the Chilean international. What a strike that was! Bayern are level on the night and Benfica need at least two more goals to go through... Advantage FCB!
GOAL! 27' SL BENFICA 1-0 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
The Portuguese giants level the aggregate score through Raul Jimenez's header. After looking reasonably comfortable for the best part of half an hour, Bayern are suddenly on the ropes here.
CHANCE: 19' SL BENFICA 0-0 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
First sight of goal for Thomas Müller, but the Germany international fails to steer his shot on target from inside the area. Promising for Bayern, though...
12' - SL BENFICA 0-0 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
Bayern are slowly working their way into the game after a quiet start. Franck Ribery and Douglas Costa are getting into good positions on the flanks, but there has been no end product so far.
KICK-OFF - SL BENFICA 0-0 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
We’re under way in Lisbon! Can Bayern reach the last four for the fifth time in a row? Let’s find out…
20:36 - Final preparations
20:28 - Fantastic Franck
Just over 15 minutes remaining until Bayern kick off the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie in Lisbon. Franck Ribery starts for Pep Guardiola's troops tonight - find out why the Frenchman was named Bundesliga Matchday 29 Player of the Week here:
20:10 - Sea of red
bundesliga.com's man on the ground, Alex Barklage, has just sent these snaps in from outside the Estadio da Luz.
19:52 - Sahin's old haunt
No chance of Nuri Sahin getting lost at Anfield. The Turkey international midfielder made 12 appearances for Liverpool during a loan spell from Real Madrid CF in 2012/13, before returning to Dortmund for the second time in January 2013.
19:35 - 103 up for Lahm
103 Champions League appearances and counting for Philipp Lahm. Can the Bayern skipper chalk up another three before the season is out?
19:31 - From Russia with love
19:26 - Bayern starting line-up
Pep Guardiola springs a huge surprise by leaving leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski on the bench. Juan Bernat is the only other change from the first leg, with Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso handed starts.
19:25 - Vitoria praises Bayern versatility
Guardiola's opposite number believes Bayern will be willing to try anything to get the job done tonight. "We know Bayern are tactically very versatile with lots of resources at their disposal, so if they don't achieve what they want playing one way they'll try something else," Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria said at yesterday's pre-match press conference. "We had 5,000 fans in Munich and the supporters will be even more important [at home]."
19:03 - Lewy due a goal
Robert Lewandowski is without a goal in his last three for Bayern, but not even that uncharacteristic 'barren spell' can take the shine off the Poland international's incredible scoring form in 2015/16.
18:50 - Dortmund tuning up
18:45 - 'Here to attack'
Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel and young midfielder Julian Weigl have been speaking to the assembled press ahead of tomorrow's Europa League showdown with Liverpool...
Tuchel: "I don’t care too much about the result in the first leg. I don’t think it will be that decisive.“ #lfcbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 13, 2016
Tuchel: "We are here to attack, we are here to score goals, to take the risks and to enjoy the game.“ #lfcbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 13, 2016
18:42 - Weigl: 'It feels extraordinary to be here'
18:40 - Butt's verdict
"I think Bayern will progress," former Bayern and Benfica goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt told Munich paper Münchner Merkur. "They always score, and if they do, Benfica will need three."
18:30 - The stars align
18:15 - The venue
The immaculately groomed pitch at Benfica's Estadio da Luz should suit Guardiola's pass masters down to the ground.
17:45 - Guardiola's presser
Here's a recap of what Pep Guardiola had to say at his pre-match press conference yesterday: "We intend to defend well, score a goal and qualify for the next round. The teams know each other well as they just played last week, but tactically we know what to do. A goal for FC Bayern would be a huge step towards the semi-finals."
17:34 - Bayern in town
bundesliga.com's man on the ground, Alex Barklage has sent in these snaps of the centre of Lisbon. Bayern fans aplenty...
17:32 - Good omens for Bayern
17:21 - Berni on the prowl
17:19 - The many faces of Thomas Müller
17:12 - Ribery in form
17:00 - Perfect weather
bundesliga.com's man on the ground, Alex Barklage, has just sent an update from Lisbon. "It's almost 20 degrees, sunny and perfect conditions for football," he reports. Here are also some inspiring images (for Benfica fans) from the Portuguese sports dailies...
16:54 - Dortmund landed at Liverpool airport a few hours ago. Here's some footage from touchdown...
16:43 - A lovely day for football...
16:19 - Klopp on second leg vs. Dortmund
The manager says the atmosphere inside Anfield tomorrow night will have a huge impact on the game... https://t.co/HvGX5ES5ja— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 13, 2016
15:40 - Pulisic on 'Pool dip
USA international Christian Pulisic has made quite a splash with Borussia Dortmund this season, and after the weekend's Revierderby, he's now preparing to shine at Anfield in Thursday's UEFA Europa League tie.
15:18 - And next season?
Who'll be joining Bayern and Dortmund in next season's Champions League? bundesliga.com tries to unravel the mystery...
15:04 - A good omen?
14:50 - Dortmund en route for Anfield
14:07 - Silky skills from Costa and Thiago
FC Bayern München pair Thiago Alcantara and Douglas Costa wowed FC Bayern München fans with their silky skills during the warm-up prior to the record champions' 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 29.
13:27- 'Chicharito' and Fabian go head-to-head...on Skype
We got the two Mexican megastars to talk football, life in Germany and childhood memories ahead of the meeting between their two clubs on Matchday 30.
12:50 - Coman wants UCL success
Enjoying a breakthrough first season at FC Bayern München, Kingsley Coman is eyeing a trophy-laden end to the campaign. In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the French winger discusses his dreams of winning the UEFA Champions League, tonight's second leg against SL Benfica in Lisbon and the return to form of Franck Ribery...
12:31 - Dortmund's Klopp reunion
Emotions will be running high when Liverpool FC head coach Jürgen Klopp meets former club Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday. bundesliga.com looks back at the the lovable tactician's memorable seven-year tenure at the BVB helm.
11:45 - Tuchel vs. Klopp, the re-match
A dream UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw for football fans around the world: Borussia Dortmund take on Liverpool FC and former head coach Jürgen Klopp.
The charismatic coach was responsible for some of BVB's most successful years, but his successor has upped the ante since taking over in the summer. See how Klopp and Thomas Tuchel match up in the dug-out.
11:14 - Luiz Gustavo reaction to Wolfsburg defeat
Disappointment was the watchword for the VfL Wolfsburg players after a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid CF knocked the Wolves out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage.
10:36 - Formidable threat
10:00 - Mission semi-final for Bayern
9:36 - Dortmund's day
18:00 - Pre-match press conference with coach Thomas Tuchel
18:30 - pre-match training session at Anfield
8:36 - Win a signed 'Chicharito' or Marco Fabian Bundesliga Matchball
In honour of the Mexican match-up between Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Marco Fabian of Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 30, bundesliga.com is giving you the chance to win an official Bundesliga TORFABRIK matchball signed by either star.
8:31 - First-leg flashback
Pep Guardiola's side struggled to break down the Portuguese champions after Arturo Vidal's second-minute header in Munich, but looked in ominous form in dispatching VfB Stuttgart 3-1 on Matchday 29.
8:20 - Good morning...
VfL Wolfsburg went down valiantly at Real Madrid CF on Tuesday, but there is still significant Bundesliga interest in Europe. While Borussia Dortmund travel to England ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europa League tie with Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC, FC Bayern München will be the centre of attention on Wednesday as they seek to reach the UEFA Champions League last four at the expense of SL Benfica.