Benfica fine with first leg UCL loss at Bayern: “Still wide open”

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Bayern Munich has reason to feel okay with how their first leg played out Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Benfica.

But the Bavarians are far from comfortable after the 1-0 win. Arturo Vidal scored in the second minute, but that was it. Benfica kept it tight, and had its chances to score as well.

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And now Benfica can head back to Portugal knowing it isn’t over. Manager Rui Vitoria feels pretty good about that, too.

From Bayern Munich’s English site:

“The players followed our tactical plan very well. I’m very proud because we’ve produced an excellent performance here. Our attitude was very good and I’m pleased with the way we played. Obviously our plan didn’t involve conceding an early goal, but we were still in a position to cause Bayern problems. It’s still wide open, the return is yet to come and we’ll give it our best shot in Lisbon.”

The lack of a road goal stings, but Benfica now knows it can absorb Bayern’s attack within reason. Flip the location to the Estadio da Luz, and who knows what could happen? Maybe one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.