Benfica leave it too late as Bayern comfortably make their way to the last four of the Champions League

Benfica leave it too late as Bayern comfortably make their way to the last four of the Champions League
Bayern won the first leg 1-0 thanks to an Arturo Vidal goal. | Photo: Jonny Walsh/VAVEL
SL Benfica
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Bayern Munich
SL Benfica: (4-2-3-1) Ederson; André Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu (Jović 88'); Fejsa, Renato Sanches; Salvio (Talisca 68'), Pizzi (Goncalo Guedes 58'), Carcela; Raul Jiménez.
Bayern Munich: (4-3-3) Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Kimmich, Alaba; Thiago, Alonso (Bernat 90'), Vidal; Douglas Costa, Müller (Lewandowski 84'), Ribéry (Götze 90'+2).
SCORE: 1-0, Jimenez 27'. 1-1, Vidal 38'. 1-2, Müller 52'. 2-2, Talisca 76'.
REFEREE: Björn Kuipers (NED). Booked: Carcela 71', Martinez 74', Almeida 91'.

Thank you for choosing to follow tonight's game with us here at VAVEL UK, and stay tuned for our report if you missed any events! I've been Ameé Ruszkai. Make sure to stick around for the report of Atletico's surprise win of Barcelona tonight too, as well as the rest of our European coverage ahead of tomorrow's Europa League matchday.

Full time! The Martinez card incident will be debated, but Bayern deserve to go through to the last four and they do so with a 3-2 win over Benfica on aggregate. They join Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Friday's draw.

93 - Chance! Jović has the last kick of the game but his shot inside the box is right at Neuer!

92 - Final Bayern change sees Ribery replaced by Götze.

91 - Almeida tries to beat Ribery to the ball but the Frenchman is quicker and the Benfica man is booked.

90 - Bayern's second change is Spaniard for Spaniard, as Bernat replaces Alonso. There will be three minutes of added time, meanwhile.

89 - Lewandowski is put through on goal to seal things, but he uncharacteristically hits that right at Ederson. Usually gobbles those one-on-ones right up.

88 - Benfica's final change sees Jović replace Eliseu.

86 - It's so close! He goes for the other side this time but the effort fizzes wide of Neuer's half of goal.

85 - Martinez really walking on thin ice. Foolish defending sees him go to ground and bring down Talisca about 25 yards out while on a yellow. Player was going nowhere but now he has a chance to score another screamer perhaps?

84 - Bayern's first change of the day sees Lewandowski replace Müller.

82 - Going to be tough for Benfica to even have a go at getting two when Bayern are pushing them back by attacking like this. A well worked free-kick sees Alonso pick out Lahm and he in turn finds Müller, who is played onside as Benfica all run out. He is thwarted though by a good interception and clearance.

80 - Great defending by Benfica as Bayern break but are snuffed out. 

Benfica now need to score another two without reply with 14 to play. Had Martinez been sent off, their chances of going through would have been huge now. I'm sure they will argue that post-match.

76 - GOAL! Martinez may not have been giving his marching orders, but his foul results in the ultimate punishment as Talisca beautifully bends in the free-kick! Is this tie still alive?

74 - Yellow card for Martinez, but should it have been red? Goncalo Guedes is racing through on goal and he is brought down by the Spaniard on the edge of the box, but the referee doesn't see it as the clear goal-scoring opportunity it appeared to be and only goes for the yellow. Could have changed the tie with 16 left to play that, had it been a red. 

72 - A comical error from Ederson almost gives Bayern another but it's just wide. Müller holds the ball up well and lays off for Costa, and his shot is an easy one for the 'keeper. However, he spills it and it spins inches wide of his near post. 

71 - Carcela goes into the book for a foul on Costa. First yellow of the day.

70 - Bayern continuing to attack but Ederson holds Costa's cross this time. The hosts look to have accepted defeat in the tie now while the visitors look to add more goals to their tally.

68 - Offside! Ribery feeds Alaba who squares for Müller to finish, but the assistant's flag went up against the Austrian before he put it on a plate. Just off. Benfica's second sub of the day, meanwhile, sees Talisca replace Salvio.

63 - Carcela-Gonzalez dances through Bayern and is hauled down by Vidal on the edge of the area. The goal-scorer is lucky not to be booked there, which would have seen him suspended for the first leg of the semi-final. Goncalo Guedes hits the free-kick over.

60 - Post! Costa looks to make amends for that missed opportunity as he races away down the left, but his shot across the face of goal hits the foot of the far post!

58 - On comes Goncalo Guedes for Pizzi in the first change of the game.

54 - Costa should make it three and really put the seal on things, but as he breaks from a Benfica corner his touch through on goal is too heavy and the 'keeper collects.

GOAL! And that's tie over! Benfica try to play offside from the corner, Martinez heads the ball back across goal and Müller taps it in! 

51 - Slow start to this half with little of note happening. More even than the first half though as Benfica look for a way back into the tie.

We're back underway for the second half!

A shock may not be on the cards in Lisbon, with Benfica needing to score two goals without reply now, but it could certainly be on in Madrid. Atletico lead Barcelona 1-0 at half time, and with an away goal they could go through if it stays the same. The score is 2-2 on aggregate there.

Half time. Bayern have dominated the game but Benfica have stood tall and defended well. Still, they trail on aggregate after Vidal scored a crucial away goal to cancel out Jimenez's opener.

45 - Vidal is in the mood for goals tonight! Nearly gets his third of the tie as the ball finds him just inside the area, but his half volley can't be kept down and it just clears the bar.

44 - Bayern comfortably seeing this half out in Benfica's part of the pitch. Nearing half time with an aggregate lead.

38 - GOAL! That didn't last too long. Bayern are level again on the night and ahead on the tie - it's Vidal with the goal! Benfica deal with Lahm's initial cross but the 'keeper's punch falls to Vidal on the edge of the box and he powers it home.  

34 - Chance for Lahm to level things on the night and put Bayern ahead on aggregate, but his first touch allows the ball to run through for Ederson to collect.

31 - Jimenez nearly makes it two but his stabbed effort at goal is easy for Neuer to collect! Real positive spell from Benfica this.

GOAL! Completely against the run of play Benfica lead! Raul Jimenez beats two Bayern defenders to Eliseu's teasing cross and it's level on aggregate!

19 - First real chance for Bayern as Lahm drills a cross into the box, but Müller turns it wide.

16 - Bayern starting to take control now but Benfica are starting tall.

7 - Great work from Müller earns Bayern a corner, but nothing comes from it.

5 - Good start from Benfica! They've began very positive on home soil but are yet to properly test Bayern; a free-kick deflecting wide their best chance.

We're underway!

19:40. We're just moments away from kick-off now, here's hoping for a great game!

19:35. This evening's other game features Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona, with the Catalan giants 2-1 up after the first leg. Back in the capital, though, it is anyone's guess as to who will progress.

19:25. Both teams are top of their respective league and will be keen to retain their league title, although this game presents a huge opportunity for the pair to go on and win the most-prized trophy in European club football.

19:15. With just half an hour to go until kick-off, feel free to tweet us @VAVEL and voice your opinion!

19:10. Lewandowski's benching may not be much of a surprise when looking at straight statistics; he's only scored once in six of his last seven Champions League away games.

19:05. All of the previous three times in which Bayern have beaten Benfica in European comeptiton, they have made it to the final. Can they repeat the feat again this year?

19:00. Several of the visitors are on a tight-rope this evening, with Juan Bernat, Joshua Kimmich, Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal are all one booking away from missing the first leg of a possible semi-final.

18:55. So, tonight's games will see both teams without their star forwards in the starting line-up. Benfica are without Jonas due to suspension, while Robert Lewandowski has to settle for a spot on the Bayern bench; not a bad substitute, mind.

18:50. And the hosts' starting eleven: (4-2-3-1) Ederson; André Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu; Fejsa, Renato Sanches; Salvio, Pizzi, Carcela; Raul Jiménez.

18:45. Team news time! Here's how Bayern will line-up tonight: (4-3-3) Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Kimmich, Alaba; Thiago, Alonso, Vidal; Douglas Costa, Müller, Ribéry.

Bayern predicted XI (4-2-2-2): Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Thiago; Costa, Ribéry; Müller, Lewandowski.

Benfica predicted XI (4-4-2): Ederson; André Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu; Fejsa, Renato Sanches, Gaitán, Pizzi; Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou.

However, Bayern have progressed to the final of their European competition every time they have met (and beaten) Benfica on the continent, and they will be keen to keep up that record.

If Benfica defy the odds are make the next round, on the other hand, they will hope that captain Luisão, forward Gonçalo Guedes, and midfielder Pizzi are all available and so will expect them all to show good discipline in this match.

Meanwhile, with one eye on the next round, there are no fewer than eight players who will miss a potential semi-final first leg if they pick up a booking today. For Bayern, Boateng's risk is irrelevant given that he will be watching from the sidelines, but Juan Bernat, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal - the match-winner in the first leg - will all miss out if they are cautioned and their side progress.

However, Kingsley Coman could be unavailable after missing the weekend's game with a thigh injury, while Mehdi Benatia may not be able to recover from a groin problem in time.

Bayern aren't without their injury problems either though, with them certain to be without Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber at the back, as well as Arjen Robben going forward. Still, none of these are fresh concerns and their absences have not harmed them in their recent outings.

They will see their hopes of a first ever win over the Bundesliga giants dented too by the suspension of star striker Jonas, who has scored 30 goals in just 29 games in the league this season. As well as that, creative midfielder Nico Gaitan could miss out after pulling out of Tuesday's training with a muscle injury. The 28-year-old has scored four goals in eight Champions League appearances this campaign.

Vidal celebrates with his Bayern teammates after scoring in last week's first leg. (Photo: Getty)
Vidal celebrates with his Bayern teammates after scoring in last week's first leg. (Photo: Getty)

History does not bode well for Benfica though, who have never beaten Bayern. They have met seven times in their histories; with the Germans winning all four of their home games and managing two goalless draws and a win when visiting Portugal.

Still, Bayern's upcoming fixture this weekend is a little more challenging that Benfica's next one. They will face Schalke 04 on Saturday, who are chasing a Champions League spot of their own, whereas the Portuguese side welcome 13th placed Vitória Setúbal to Lisbon - and that's on Monday too, giving them extra days to rest. The hosts can certainly put more into this second leg then, and they will need to if they want to progress to the semi-finals.

The Champions League is more of a focus for Pep Guardiola's side then, who may feel the league title is all but wrapped up, while their opponents in this fixture have a little more work to do in Portugal that stops them from paying full attention to Europe.

The Águias lead the Primeira Liga standings with 73 points from their 29 games so far, while Bayern have 75 points from the same amount of fixtures, though they aren't as closely pursued. Borussia Dortmund are seven points behind them, whereas Benfica have Sporting hot on their heels with 71 points.

Just like last week's encounter, this should be a tight and well-contested game then that is sure to intrigue. Both sides are on their way to league titles it seems, and so both are full of confidence as they pursue glory in Europe as well as domestically.

Benfica may have won nine of their last 10 in all competitions, but they have only managed four clean sheets in that time, often giving their opponents a consolation no matter the margin of victory.

Bayern, on the other hand, have drawn two blanks in their last 14 games, but they have found clean sheets a lot easier to come by - a 3-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart at the weekend their sixth win in a row, but denying them a fourth consecutive game without conceding.

The blank Benfica drew in the first leg was the first since a goalless draw with União Madeira in a league fixture on December 15, ending a run of 20 consecutive games in which they have scored. The last time they failed to score in a home game, meanwhile, was in a 3-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon at the end of October, and so Bayern will have a job on securing their passage to the last four.

Eight days ago in Munich, Benfica did themselves proud as they restricted Bayern to just a 1-0 victory in their home leg, meaning that the Portuguese side have a genuine chance of progressing to the last four tonight.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of tonight's game between SL Benfica and Bayern Munich. The second leg of this UEFA Champions League quarter-final will kick-off at 7:45PM BST in Lisbon, with Bayern boasting a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg. I'm Ameé Ruszkai and I'll be taking you through events as they unfold at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.