Bayern Munich are through to the semi finals of the Champions League after recording a 2-2 draw in Lisbon against an ambitious Benfica side.
Bayern could only record a slim lone goal win in the first leg but with the result on Wednesday night, they progress with a 2-3 aggregate win.
Arturo Vidal who scored in the first leg and Thomas Muller were the goal scorers for the German champions who are looking to unseat Barcelona as European club kings.
Goals in each half by Vidal and then Thomas Muller put Bayern firmly in control after Raul Jimenez had the temerity to put the hosts ahead in Lisbon.
Anderson Talisca curled in a cracking free kick equaliser but Bayern survived a late barrage to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
Former European champions Benfica were vying for their first semi-final appearance in more than a quarter of a century but suffered their fourth elimination in their fourth European tie against Bayern.
Benfica, missing top strikers Jonas, Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou through suspension or injury, were on the back foot as expected with the Germans controlling 70 percent of possession.
Mueller had the Germans’ first good chance but fired wide after 15 minutes with Benfica’s double backline working extremely hard.
The hosts struck following a quick break when Eliseu found space to cross from the left and Jimenez charged past two defenders to score with a flying header.
The Mexican went close to adding another but Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer did well to parry his shot.
The Bavarians looked briefly rattled by the setback but quickly recovered when Vidal, who scored the winner in the first leg, drilled in the equaliser after perfectly timing his shot from keeper Ederson’s clearance.
Coach Pep Guardiola had surprisingly kept top scorer Robert Lewandowski on the bench and Mueller took over his role, slipping in like a natural centre forward and volleying in a Martinez assist.
Bayern, also chasing a record fourth straight Bundesliga crown as well as the German Cup, did not let up and Douglas Costa’ powerful shot hit the post on the hour.
Martinez was lucky not to be sent off for a last-man foul and Benfica coach Rui Vitoria was sent to the stands over the referee’s decision to book the Spaniard.
But Talisca gave him something to smile about, curling the resulting free kick superbly past Neuer to cap a battling performance against the German giants.