Dortmund's defender Marc Bartra (L) react and teammates react after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Champions League. Pic/PTI
Lisbon: Borussia Dortmund were left licking their wounds after wasting several chances in a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Benfica in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash on Tuesday. The Germans misfired throughout the game with their top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the worst offender, as he missed two one-on-ones with goalkeeper Ederson and saw his penalty saved by the Brazilian just before the hour.
Dortmund, who scored a Champions League record 21 goals in the group stage, have only themselves to blame for losing to Kostantinos Mitroglou's 48th minute goal but Andre Schuerrle said they would bounce back in the second leg on March 8. "We played better, especially in the first half, we had better opportunities," said Schuerrle, who came on for Aubameyang. "Especially with the penalty, we should've won. There's a return leg and we'll show we were clearly better then and go through," added the German.