Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Dortmund rue missed chances in bitter Benfica defeat

Benfica edged Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Tuesday in Lisbon in their Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash, as Konstantinos Mitroglou scored the victor early in the second half. "We will be playing in our stadium, where we're always capable of getting a good result". It's not an impossible situation for Benfica, but they're going to be hard-pressed from the very first whistle.

Konstantinos Mitroglou scored with Benfica's only effort on target to steal a 1-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie at Estadio da Luz. Eduardo Salvio, who rejoined the side recently after missing weeks due to injury, had a chance to put the hosts ahead early but his shot sailed into the stands, reports Efe. Dortmund still possesses a great line up without these players, but their bench would be a subject of worry for coach Thomas Tuchel.

"It is going to be hard as any Champions League match".

Dortmund's attack had thrived in the group stage, setting the competition's all-time scoring record with 21 goals in six games, but it faltered in Lisbon even though the German side controlled possession throughout the game.

Aubameyang had missed two other great opportunities with shots from inside the area, one in each half, and Ousmane Dembele almost scored in the first half when his close-range shot was blocked in front of the goal.

"Jonas is in the squad but he's at the limit and will have his difficulties trying to make the game". "We're all with him".

Benfica would have been knocked out had Besiktas beat Dynamo Kiev - who had failed to win a single game until the final match.

"Auba is one of our most important players", he said.

"We were simply a long way below our limit and we have to admit Darmstadt deserved to win", he said.

"But when you don't score the first goal, you'll pay - that is football".

Greece global Mitroglou flicked the ball into the net to open the scoring in the 48th minute and Benfica then held on against their misfiring opponents to take a slender lead into the second leg in Dortmund on March 8.

Rafa Silva is another who could be on the watch list, primarily a right footed left winger but he can also play behind the front man.

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