Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s clash as his German side, Borussia Dortmund, beat Portuguese Benfica Lisbon 4-0 to ease into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory.
The erstwhile African Best Player, who missed a penalty in the 1-0 first-leg defeat in Portugal, made amends by leveling the tie early on and then netted a third on the hour mark after Christian Pulisic’s smart effort made it two for the home side.
Aubameyang completed his treble with five minutes remaining, taking his goal tally for the season to 30 with a close-range finish, in a game completely dominated by Dortmund.
The German giants have now lost only one of their last 12 European home matches under coach Thomas Tuchel, who, without influential playmaker Marco Reus due to a hamstring injury, said in his pre-match press conference that his side would attack and they came out firing in deed.
However, Benfica created some opportunities in both halves, but just could not clinch an away goal to their advantage, as their opponents came from 0-1 down to advance with a 4-1 scoreline on aggregate.
In the other round of 16 tie on Wednesday, Spanish giants FC Barcelona pulled the greatest comeback in UEFA Champions League history after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to scale through to the next round with 6-5 on aggregate.
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