Champions League

Dortmund feel hard done by Benfica defeat

2017-02-15 11:51
Borussia Dortmund (AFP)

Cape Town - Borussia Dortmund players André Schürrle and Julian Weigl thought they were hard done by in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Benfica.

Konstantinos Mitroglou scored with Benfica's only effort on target to steal a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie at Estadio da Luz.

"We could and should have taken much, much more from the game," said Weigl. "There were so many chances for us.

"We actually produced a top performance. We had the opposition under control, we had the possession and we repeatedly created chances to score.

"A 1-0 loss is not the best result ahead of the second leg. On the other hand, it's by no means over. We will be playing in our stadium, where we're always capable of getting a good result."

"We should have won tonight," Schürrle added. "We were the better footballing side. In the first half in particular, we were very good, moved the ball about very well and had some excellent opportunities to score.

"It just didn't happen for us in front of goal. Sometimes it's like that. But we still have the return leg; we'll win that and make it through, I'm sure of it."

Match-winner Mitroglou even agreed with the opposition's sentiment, admitting the Portuguese side were fortunate to have emerged with an aggregate lead.

"Dortmund played very well," the Greek striker said. "But we put in a good showing too, even if the victory was a bit lucky in the end.

"We didn't have many chances, but we took one of them. That's how it is in the Champions League: you need to convert the first chance. And we managed that tonight."

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