KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Christian Pulisic scored the much-need second goal for Borussia Dortmund as they knocked out Portuguese team Benfica to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Benfica
A hat trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a goal from the American wunderkind helped BVB overcome their 1-0 aggregate deficit to Benfica and book their place into the next stage of the Champions League.
Pulisic got the start in the place of Marco Reus, who went down injured over the weekend in the team's Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen.
BVB jumped out the gate early and scored the first goal in the fourth minute when Ousmane Dembele's corner kick was headed on by Pulisic and into the path of Aubameyang, who headed the ball past Benfica goalkeeper Ederson to level the aggregate score.
Benfica would push forward to try and score the vital away goal, with Franco Cervi coming close on two occasions.
However, the second half would belong to the host as they put the game away with three more unanswered goals to seal their spot in the next round.
Pulisic scored the second goal that BVB were looking for in the 59th minute when he calmly chipped his shot over Ederson and into the back of the net after receiving a pass from teammate Lukasz Piszczek.
Aubameyang would score the team's last two goals to seal his hat-trick. The first came two minutes after Pulisic's goal when he guided in Marcel Schmelzer's low cross.
The Gabon forward, who missed a penalty in the first leg, scored the team's fourth in the 85th minute when another Dortmund teammate, Erik Durm, set him up to put away another goal.
It was good night for Dortmund as they continue their quest to reach the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales.