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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Ro16 2nd LEG: Aubameyang hat-trick sees BVB past Benfica

Borussia Dortmund have progressed to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory over Benfica tonight.

Thomas Tuchel's BVB went into the home leg at the Westfalenstadion a goal down having lost to the Portuguese giants in Lisbon last month but came through with a 4-1 aggregate triumph.

But that was soon pegged back when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first of his match-winning hat-trick in just the fourth minute with a simple back-post header which came from a Christian Pulisic flick-on.

Dortmund had to battle away for most of the first half as Benfica sprung into action and the home side's keeper Roman Burki was forced into action to deny a few strong chances, including two from Franco Cervi either side of the break.

But as 59 minutes ticked over, Dortmund scored the goal that saw them go ahead 2-1 in the two-legged tie.

A lovey through ball from Lukasz Piszczek found Pulisic who produced a delightfully deft right-footed chip over an onrushing Ederson Moraes.

This sparked a procession from the Germans as Aubameyang made it 3-0 just a couple of minutes later when he side-footed home a lovely volleyed cross from Marcel Schmelzer.

14 minutes later and the prolific Gabonese striker completed his treble when slotting home with consummate ease from Erik Durm's ball on a platter to wrap it up for Dortmund, sending them through to the final eight of Europe's premier club competition.

2016/17 UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 2nd leg

Borussia Dortmund (GER): 4 (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 4'/61'/85', Christian Pulisic 59')
Benfica (POR): 0
*Dortmund wins 4-1 on aggregate
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany - 65,849

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