Vidal header gives Bayern Munich narrow advantage over Benfica

Tuesday 5 Apr 2016

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Bayern Munich's Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg football match between Bayern Munich and Benfica Lisbon in Munich, southern Germany, on April 5, 2016 (AFP)

Arturo Vidal's early header was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Benfica 1-0 at home on Tuesday for a slender advantage from the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

The Chilean midfielder struck in the second minute, heading home from five meters (yards) after being picked out by Juan Bernat.

Vidal had most of the chances for the rest of the game, with Benfica's defenders doing well to stifle Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, the home side's top-scoring forwards.

Lewandowski missed the best opportunity to wrap it up in the final minutes, when he sent a wayward pass for Philipp Lahm with an open goal beckoning.

Bayern is bidding to reach its fifth consecutive semifinal, while the Portuguese league leader is hoping to reach its first since 1990.

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