Arturo Vidal’s 2nd minute strike was the only goal of the night as Bayern Munich could only record a lone goal win over Benfica in their Champions League first leg quarter final clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
Benfica came into Tuesday’s encounter on a high as they were ranked as one of Europe’s top form teams with 19 wins from their last 20 games.
That nonetheless, the Portuguese side fell behind inside two minutes as Vidal put Bayern in front when he got in front of the defender to glance Juan Bernat’s flick in from close range.
That was a morale-boosting start for the hosts who continually threatened to add to the tally as the game went on with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller all having fair attempt at increasing the tally for the Bavarians.
Hard as they tried, Benfica held their ground and did not concede any more goals in the first half.
The second half also started in a keenly contested manner but the hosts finally created their first real chance of the second half with less than 10 minutes remaining when Ribery charged into the box from the left flank and forced Ederson into a save from a tight angle.
Bayern upped the tempo in search of a second goal during the closing stages of the match and saw one half-chance from Lewandowski nodded over the crossbar, but the Polish striker then squandered a sitter when he was played clean through on goal but overhit his pass to Lahm, who would have had an empty net to aim at.
Benfica held out against the late pressure to limit the home side to just the one goal, however, leaving them in a good position going into the second leg at the Stadium of Light next Wednesday