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L. Sané
J. Stanišić
0 - 4
R. Lewandowski
L. Sané
0 - 3
Own Goal
0 - 2
L. Sané
0 - 1
L. Hernández
Yellow Card

Match Stats

34% 65%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 7
Total Passes 280 548
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Bayern München FCB Bayern München 5 5 0 0 19 3 +16 15 W W W W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 5 2 1 2 2 6 -4 7 D W W L L
3 Benfica SLB Benfica 5 1 2 2 5 9 -4 5 D L L W D
4 Dynamo Kyiv DYN Dynamo Kyiv 5 0 1 4 1 9 -8 1 L L L L D


8th Finals
UEFA Europa League


Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
Benfica are next in action against Vizela on Sunday in the Primeira Liga on the road. Bayern face Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday at Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich have cruised to their third win on the bounce in their Champions League campaign, hammering Benfica 4-0 at the Estadio da Luz. It took 70 minutes for Bayern to break the deadlock after seeing two goals disallowed by VAR. However, once Leroy Sane fired in a brilliant strike from a free-kick, the German side were dominant. An own goal from Everton extended their lead before Robert Lewandowski converted a cutback from Sane to notch a third. Sane then finished his night on a high note by steering home his second of the game. Benfica had their moments, but two fine saves from Manuel Neuer and a miss from Roman Yaremchuk cost the Portuguese side on home soil.
90' + 2' Sane works the ball back to Tolisso, but the midfielder strikes wide of the target from 25 yards. 
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
88' Bayern threatened throughout the contest, but were lacking a cutting edge in front of goal. They have well and truly found it over the last 10 minutes.
C. Tolisso
M. Sabitzer
86' Tolisso enters the action in the Bayern midfield to replace Sabitzer.
J. Musiala
K. Coman
86' Coman comes off the field after a fine performance and is replaced by Musiala.
O. Richards
L. Hernández
85' Hernandez is withdrawn for the closing stages and is replaced by Richards.
J. Stanišić
84' Stanisic makes a burst down the right flank and spots the run of Sane, who finishes with a fine strike.
L. Sané
84' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! SANE HAS HIS SECOND, BAYERN HAVE FOUR!!!! 4-0!!!!! Bayern are rampant in the closing stages of the game as Sane steers home a left-footed strike from 12 yards. Stanisic makes a good run down the right flank and bursts into the box. He cuts a low ball back for Sane, who strikes the ball hard first time into the left corner of the net giving Vlachodimos no chance.
L. Sané
82' Sane latches on to a cross from Gnabry and gets the better of Otamendi with an element of fortune. He then offload to Lewandowski to complete the finish.
R. Lewandowski
82' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! LEWANDOWSKI TAPS HOME!!!!! 3-0 BAYERN!! The German side surely secure the win this evening as the Pole converts an offload from Sane, tapping home into an empty net. Bayern open up Benfica down the right flank and Gnabry's cross finds its way into the feet of Sane. He turns past Otamendi with a slice of luck and then spots an unmarked Lewandowski at the back post. The forward makes no mistake with his finish.
Gonçalo Ramos
D. Núñez
81' Darwin is withdrawn for the final nine minutes and is replaced by Ramos.
A. Taarabt
João Mário
81' Taarabt comes on for the closing stages to replace Joao Mario.
Rafa Silva
80' Pizzi replaces Rafa for the home side in the final third.
Own Goal
80' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! EVERTON PUTS THE BALL INTO HIS OWN NET!!!! BAYERN 2-0!!!!! The German side notch a crucial second goal as Everton is helpless in diverting the ball past Vlachodimos from close range. Kimmich releases Gnabry down the right flank with an incisive pass. The winger sends a low cross into the box aiming for Sane, but the ball strikes the Benfica man and sails into the back of the net.
78' OVER! Coman displays a burst of acceleration to surge forward to the edge of the box. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but he blazes his attempt over the bar.
J. Stanišić
T. Müller
77' Stanisic replaces Muller in the Bayern midfield for the final 13 minutes.
R. Yaremchuk
76' Everton enters the action to replace Yaremchuk in the final third.
75' Gnabry sends Kimmich down the right-inside channel, but the cutback from the midfielder is cut out at the near post by Otamendi ahead of Muller.
74' Coman takes on an effort from distance, but he can only help his strike well over the bar. Bayern are searching for the second goal to kill off the game.
72' Benfica now have to press in search of an equaliser. Yaremchuk's miss is looking costly now.
L. Sané
70' WHAT A GOAL!!!! SANE SCORES A STUNNER FROM A FREE-KICK!!!! 1-0 BAYERN!!! The visitors have the lead at last as Sane powers a left-footed strike into the net from 25 yards. Sane goes for goal with power, striking the ball over the wall and into the top-right corner past Vlachodimos. A perfect hit from the German.
69' Otamendi brings down Lewandowski in the final third, handing Bayern a free-kick in a threatening position.
68' CHANCE! Yaremchuk runs at the Bayern defence and fends off the challenge of Upamecano. He fires low towards the bottom-left corner, only to drag his effort inches wide of the left post.
67' OVER! Goncalves pushes forward from the back and shapes to shoot from the edge of the box, but he lifts his right-footed effort over the bar.
S. Gnabry
B. Pavard
66' Pavard makes way for Gnabry. Bayern might be lining up a re-shuffle here unless Kimmich drops into the defence.
63' OVER! Muller catches the Benfica defence asleep as he latches on to a throw-in in the box. He lifts a cross for Lewandowski to attack, but the Pole heads his effort over the bar.
61' Muller spread the ball wide to Pavard, who stands up a cross for Lewandowski to attack. However, Verissimo does enough to quell the attack, although the visitors have a corner.
L. Hernández
Yellow Card
59' Hernandez pulls back Rafa on a run down the right flank and goes into the book.
57' WIDE! Goncalves lifts a dangerous cross into the box from the right flank that Verissimo attacks, but he glances his header just wide of the left post.
D. Upamecano
Yellow Card
56' Upamecano brings down Yaremchuk in the final third, handing Benfica a free-kick in a useful position.
55' NEUER PRODUCES ANOTHER SUPER STOP! Goncalves is played into acres of space down the right flank and he cuts inside on his left foot to shoot towards the top-left corner. His effort seems destined for the net, but Neuer sticks out a hand to turn it over the bar.
53' BAYERN ARE DENIED AGAIN BY VAR! Muller believes that he has put the German side in front converting a rebound from two yards. However, the goal is disallowed as Coman is caught offside in the build-up. The Frenchman did play the decisve cross into the box for the opening.
João Mário
Yellow Card
51' Joao Mario brings down Coman on the charge and goes into the book.
50' Darwin goes down in the box as he tries to latch on to a cross from Joao Mario under duress from Sule. The home fans want a penalty, but the referee is not interested.
48' Bayern keep the pressure on with a series of crosses into the box, but the home side survive the onslaught.
47' OFF THE POST! Pavard hits the woodwork with a right-footed drive. He collects a cross from Coman in the right-inside channel and shapes to shoot. His effort takes a deflection and travels past Vlachodimos, but the post denies the Frenchman.
46' We're back under way at the Estadio da Luz.
It has been a frenetic conest and both teams will feel that they should have hit the back of the net. Bayern have been the more fluent and if they improve their cutting edge in the second half they will be targeting a third win in a row in the competition.
It's goalless at the break between Benfica and Bayern in their Champions League clash. The German side enjoyed a strong start to the contest and should have been ahead as Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane all missed good opportunities. The hosts responded and Darwin Nunez was then denied by a brilliant stop by Manuel Neuer. Lewandowski believed he had put the visitors ahead before the interval, only for VAR to chalk off his goal for handball. 
45' + 4' Vertonghen returns to the field for the home side.
45' + 3' Sabitzer tries to work the ball through to Muller in the left-inside channel, but the forward is caught offside.
45' + 2' Vertonghen takes a knock after colliding with Pavard, although the free-kick goes the way of the visitors. Vertonghen has to leave the field temporarily for further treatment.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
N. Otamendi
Yellow Card
45' Otamendi wipes out Kimmich with a strong challenge and goes into the book.
44' Benfica are not happy with the official as they believe that Lewandowski should receive a caution, but the referee brandishes them away.
43' VAR! Lewandowski believes he has put Bayern ahead as he diverts Coman's cross past Vlachodimos, but the goal is ruled out for handball. Sule nods the ball long into the right-inside channel and Coman makes the run to latch on to his offload. He fires a cross into the middle where Lewandowski scores, but he does use his arm to complete the process. 
Diogo Gonçalves
André Almeida
40' Goncalves makes his way on to the field to replace Almeida on the right flank.
39' Almeida is struggling for the home side and may have to be withdrawn.
38' CLOSE! Sane bursts through the middle of the Benfica midfield and reaches the edge of the box. He lines up a left-footed strike, but his effort trickles agonisingly wide of the left post.
35' OVER! Coman latches on to a deep cross from Pavard into the left-inside channel, but he mistimes his header on the bounce and nods his effort over the bar.
34' Kimmich drills a low strike towards goal from 30 yards. Lewandowski and Coman are both in the box, but they allow the ball to travel through. Vlachodimos watches the effort all the way and makes a comfortable stop.
33' Vertonghen climbs in the box to nod Joao Mario's corner towards goal, but he loops his effort straight into the hands of Neuer.
32' WHAT A SAVE! Darwin latches on to a long ball over the top as Upamecano fails to clear his line. He takes a poor first touch and the chance looks to have gone. However, the forward cuts back on to his right foot in the left-inside channel and curls a strike towards the top-right corner, but Neuer produces a super save to turn it over the bar.
31' Neither team are backing down from the challenge and are playing excellent football in the final third. 
29' SAVE! Coman makes a burst into the left-inside channel and bursts past Almeida. He checks back on to his right foot to power an effort at goal, but Vlachodimos produces a fine stop to turn his strike wide of the target.
27' Yaremchuk makes a driving run to the edge of the box, but he is edged out of possession by Coman and the referee tells the forward to get to his feet.
27' Grimaldo lifts the free-kick into the box, but no one in a red shirt can connect with a header as the visitors clear their lines.
26' Darwin has a run at Sule down the left flank and is shoved down by the Bayern defender. Benfica have a free-kick on the left flank.
24' Vertonghen and Lewandowski collide once more and the Bayern man wins a free-kick as the defender takes him out with a strong challenge.
22' OVER! Sane stands over the ball as his team-mates form a four-man wall ahead of the Benfica line. The black shirts scatter as Sane runs up, but the German can only lift his effort over the bar.
20' Lewandowski goes down on the edge of the box after being fouled by Vertonghen. Bayern have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
18' Kimmich tries to release Pavard down the right flank, but the Frenchman moves a fraction too early and is caught offside.
16' Benfica are working their way into the contest after Bayern's bright start. It has been an open contest.
13' Yaremchuk remains down after the fact as he falls awkwardly on his back. However, he soon gets to his feet.
13' WIDE! Rafa raids down the right flank and clips a cross into the box. Yaremchuk rises to head towards the target, but he can only send his effort away from goal.
11' It has been all Bayern since kick-off. Nagelsmann will be scratching his head as to how his side are not in front back home in Germany.
9' SAVE! BAYERN SHOULD BE AHEAD! Lewandowski rises to attack a cross from Coman on the left flank, but the Pole is denied by Vlachodimos, who produces a fine reaction stop. The Bayern forward will probably believe he should have scored there.
8' Sane probes down the left flank, but Vertonghen slides in with a good challenge to stop the forward in his tracks.
7' Coman twists and turns on the left flank and digs out a cross into the box. It is deflected towards Pavard, but the right-back can only slice his attempt into the hands of Vlachodimos.
5' CLOSE! Sabizer lifts a ball over the top of the Benfica defence for Sane to chase. The forward bursts into left-inside channel and fires at goal, but his effort creeps just wide of the right post.
3' Sabitzer sends a probing ball down the left flank for Coman to chase. The winger brings it under control, but he then loses his footing before he can send a cross into the box.
2' OFFSIDE! Coman clips a ball over the top for Lewandowski in the Benfica box. The Pole takes on a strike first time, but his effort is tipped over the bar by Vlachodimos. The flag goes up late for offside, although replays suggest that he was in line.
1' We're under way at the Estadio da Luz.
Benfica have never beaten Bayern Munich in any of their 10 European meetings previously (D3 L7), last facing them in 2018-19 in the Champions League, losing both games
Despite their 5-1 victory over Leverkusen, Nagelsmann has opted to make three changes to his line-up tonight. Pavard, Sabitzer and Coman get the nod to start for the German outfit. Alphonso Davies is rested, while Leon Goretzka is sidelined with a cold. Gnabry drops to the bench. Nagelsmann himself is not in Portugal as he has the flu. Dino Toppmoller and Xaver Zembrod are in charge for the German side tonight.
Jesus has made nine changes from his side that beat Trofense in Benfica's last outing. Only Vertonghen and Almeida retain their places in the team. Yaremchuk returns to lead the line alongside Nunez and Rafa in the final third. Joao Mario and Weigl anchor the midfield, with Grimaldo restored at left wing-back. Vlachodimos is back between the posts in place of Helton, while Otamendi and Verissimo join Vertonghen in the backline.
BAYERN SUBS: Omar Richards, Serge Gnabry, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca, Tanguy Kouassi, Corentin Tolisso, Christian Fruchtl, Jamal Musiala, Josip Stanisic.
BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez; Joshua Kimmich, Marcel Sabitzer; Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewadowski.
BENFICA SUBS: Gilberto, Everton, Soualiho Meite, Diogo Goncalves, Pizzi, Nemanja Radonjic, Adel Taarabt, Paulo Bernardo, Helton Lite, Goncalo Ramos, Morato, Ferro.
BENFICA (3-4-3): Odisseas Vlachodimos; Lucas Verissimo, Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen; Andre Almeida, Joao Mario, Julian Weigl, Alejandro Grimaldo; Rafa, Darwin Nunez, Roman Yaremchuk.
Bayern have made the perfect start to their Champions League campaign by hammering Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev in their opening two Group E matches. The German champions responded to a rare Bundesliga defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt by crushing Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on the road in their last outing. Julian Nagelsmann will be looking for another clinical performance to take his team to the precipice of the knockout rounds.
Benfica produced an outstanding performance to stun Barcelona 3-0 in their last outing, and will be looking for another stellar outing to beat Bayern on home soil. The Portuguese side have been lapse since their triumph over Barcelona in their domestic form, losing 1-0 at home to Portimonense before needing extra-time to see off Segunda Liga side Trofense in the third round of the Taca de Portugal. Jorge Jesus needs a flawless effort from his team tonight.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League clash between Benfica and Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz.