Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal (2nd from L) celebrates his all-important goal with tea"> Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal (2nd from L) celebrates his all-important goal with tea"> Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal (2nd from L) celebrates his all-important goal with tea">

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Vidal lifts Bayern
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Vidal lifts Bayern
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal (2nd from L) celebrates his all-important goal with teammates during their Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Benfica in Munich on Tuesday. Photo: AFP


Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarterfinal return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday's first leg.

Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich's Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semifinals is far from assured.

"Benfica's back four stood up well and we missed out on that second goal," Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer told Sky.

"But despite all that, we can be very happy with the result, because we kept them to nil.

"That was the most important thing."

Rui Vitoria's Benfica can take plenty of heart before the second leg at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday April 13, after subjecting Bayern to a frustrating second half in Munich.

However, the Portuguese league leaders will be without top-scorer Jonas after the 32-year-old picked up a second-half booking, his third of the tournament.

In the build-up, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had described Benfica as having "perhaps the best back four" in Europe, after leaking just 19 goals in the Portuguese league this season.

But it took less then two minutes for Bayern to break the Benfica rearguard.

Franck Ribery crossed from the left and Juan Bernat, untroubled by the Benfica defenders, found Vidal in space to nod comfortably past Ederson.

Benfica failed to cope with Vidal's late runs from midfield as he again got on the end of a cross with half-time approaching, but the ball bounced harmlessly onto the roof of the net.

Having scored Bayern's winner with a spectacular bicycle kick last Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, Ribery tried the trick again, but without the same success.

Vidal took a painful blow for the Bayern team just before the break when he blocked a shot from Benfica captain Nicolas Gaitan with his nether regions.

But as the game wore on, Benfica's back four began to back up Guardiola's compliment by frustrating Bayern's attack, especially Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller.

Vitoria's men will be without their Brazilian hot-shot Jonas, who has scored 30 goals in the Portuguese league, for the return leg after a 58th-minute foul on Vidal.

In a bid to shut Benfica's attacking game down, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola switched Joshua Kimmich for Spain international Javi Martinez with an hour gone.

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