Being down 1-0 is not the best place to be after the first leg of a Champions League tie. This game was gonna be tough from the start...or so we thought. BVB thrashed Benfica 4-0 in the second leg at home advancing us to the next round. The goals came from a Aubameyang hat trick and a Pulisic goal.
Just Tuchel said in his press conference a day earlier, the game plan was to come out of the gates attacking. A 4th minute goal from Auabameyang was definitely that. Makes you think if the Benfica manager even watched the Tuchel press conference. The rest of the first half went back and forth for BVB. Benfica got their fair share of chances throughout the rest of the first half and almost scored a couple of goals. Luckily both Burki and Bartra had stellar days each stopping attack after attack. The first half ended with Ousmane Dembele getting himself into trouble getting a yellow then making a yellow worthy foul right after. He was fortunate not to get a red card.
The second half started off dismally for BVB. Benfica had chance after chance and it really seemed they would score the dreaded away goal. Then an American hero rose to claimed his destiny. Christian Pulisic scored an amazing goal off a impressive run into the box. To make things even better Auba got his second 2 minutes later to seal things up 3-0 in the 61st minute. Those two goals took everything out of Benfica who struggled to keep possession the rest of the match. Aubameyang decided to lock things up even further with a goal in the 85th minute to finish his hat trick and make the aggregate score 4-1. That’s how the match ended. Other then Dembele and Sokratis both going down hurt, a good game all in all for Dortmund.
This game is huge for the development of this Dortmund squad.In the past year BVB has dispatched the big three in Portugal in European competition, and now we move on to make a deep UCL run. We have scored 16 goals over our last 4 games and that’s not even our best 4 game stretch this season. Things are looking good for Tuchel and the Bee’s.