Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put his first-leg horror show behind him, netting a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund secured a 4-0 win over Benfica to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Gabon international missed a penalty and two more gilt-edged chances as Thomas Tuchel’s side lost 1-0 in Portugal three weeks prior, but they made light work of Wednesday’s return back on home turf.
Visiting coach Rui Vitoria had expected an onslaught and that was exactly what Dortmund provided, despite the absence of Marco Reus through injury, as Aubameyang nodded an early opener.
While Benfica stood firm for the remainder of the first half, Christian Pulisic, having assisted the first goal, doubled Dortmund’s lead to take control of the tie with just over half an hour remaining.
And Aubameyang, who had never previously scored in the tournament’s knockout stages, added his second of the game just two minutes later, before completing his treble five minutes from the end.
Dortmund can now look ahead to the last eight of the competition.
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