Konstantinos Mitroglou sparked Benfica's hopes of last-eight qualification with a second-half goal to sink a wasteful Dortmund at Estádio da Luz.
Benfica 1-0 Dortmund
"Pistolero" scored when it would count most, bundling in from a corner kick to create a lead that the hosts would hang on to - including a penalty from the Germans where Aubameyang's dreadful effort was saved.
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The Germans were slowly but surely nudging the contest into their favour with more intense possession, and defender Ljubomir Fejsa almost cracked under it. He was lucky for it not to roll into dangerous territory, and as the half rolled onwards Benfica began to hold their own a little more. After 45 minutes, it was Dortmund in control but with little to show for it.
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It could have been wiped away moments after had Aubameyang not butchered a sitter and if Dembele was more fortunate, but then BVB were handed the away goal on a silver platter. Ljubomir Fejsa was unable to get away with a rather obvious handball, but it wouldn't matter: Aubameyang strode up to the spot and struck it straight at the keeper, which was the last note of a rather dreary game for the Gabonese player.
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel attempted to switch and change some of the tactics but Benfica were closing in on the victory and squeezed out all the resources they could. Some heroics from Ederson Santana de Moraes who pulled off a stunning save to thwart Christian Pulisic's deflected volley.
BVB tried piling forward and putting the pressure on in the dying embers of the match, but the Portugese side held firm, fended off and at the full time whistle they burst into celebration. Dortmund were wasteful, while the hosts converted when it mattered - and now Benfica have one foot in the door of the Champions League quarter-finals.