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Benfica 2-2 Bayern Munich: Bayern Advance To UEFA Champions League Semifinals

Bayern Munich's defender Arturo Vidal during the match between SL Benfica and FC Zenit for the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg at Estadio da Luz on April 13, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. April 13, 2016| Credit: Carlos Rodrigues

Goals from Arturo Vidal (38′) and Thomas Muller (52′) powered Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw with Rui Vitoria’s SL Benfica at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. The draw means that Bayern advance 3-2 and win their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals. Raul Jimenez (27′) and Talisca (76′) scored for Benfica in the second leg draw.

“We were just a shade better than a very good team,” said Matthias Sammer. “More than anything else we kept our heads in tricky situations and kept on playing our football. We showed our winning mentality.”

“I’m very happy,” Guardiola said. “We’re where we were in each of the last two years, the semi-finals of the Champions League and DFB Cup. I hope we can take one step more this time. All credit to my players! We’ve shown great character. We created enough chances in the second half to have scored more goals.”

“It was a sensational atmosphere and we really enjoyed it, but it was hard work,” Philipp Lahm admitted. “We were better at closing down the space between midfield and defence today, we kept it tight at the back and we were more precise than in the first game. We’re through to the semi-finals for the fifth time in a row – unbelievable! And once you’re among the last four teams in Europe, you obviously want more. We’re not done yet.”

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“The stadium lived up to its reputation, the atmosphere was superb,” Muller said. “The match was intense and very closely-fought at times. Benfica proved they can do what we’ve always insisted they could. They’re very awkward. It was no walk in the park for the forwards. But overall we were the better team and we went through deservedly.”

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“It was a very tough match, but we’ve made it to the semi-finals,” said Vidal. “I do everything to help the team achieve our goals. I hope I can continue to score and help the team.”

“We didn’t let them knock us out of our stride after the opener,” said Joshua Kimmich. “In the second half we were in control and had several chances to make it three. We conceded the 2-2 equaliser after the free-kick, but otherwise things were pretty clear-cut. I’m pleased that I’m out on the pitch in the important games too.”

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