Bayern's promising start did not lead to further goals as Benfica remained solid at the back
, Photo: Reuters/Michael Dalder.
05 of April 2016 15:39:52
MUNICH – Bayern Munich will take a slender advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Benfica after Arturo Vidal's early goal gave them a 1-0 win on Tuesday.[caption id="attachment_11140" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal scores a header goal against Benfica. Photo: Reuters/Michael Dalder.[/caption]Vidal headed home after two minutes but the floodgates failed to open after that as Benfica's defence stayed resolute on a frustrating evening for the hosts.Five-times European champions Bayern had found goals easy to come by in the Champions League this season, blasting 18 in their previous four home matches, but came up against a solid Benfica rearguard as they pushed to extend their advantage.Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski had a superb chance to add a second in the dying stages but bizarrely opted to try and pass to Philipp Lahm when through on goal and it was wasted.Bayern got off to a superb start when Vidal put them ahead as the Chilean got on the end of Juan Bernat's excellent cross to head comfortably past Benfica keeper Ederson.[caption id="attachment_11139" align="alignright" width="300"] Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller and Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa jump for a header. Photo: Reuters/Michaela Rehle.[/caption]That was not the cue, however, for the expected goal rush as Benfica, twice European champions in the 1960s, kept possession despite creating few real chances.They could have inflicted a punishing blow to Bayern, however, midway through the second half when Jonas's shot cannoned back off Bayern's Javi Martinez when the goal was gaping.Benfica, who came into the game in a rich vein of form having won 19 of their last 20 games in all competitions, might now fancy their chances of causing an upset in next Wednesday's return leg.