Aubameyang thrilled with goal in important win

Aubameyang celebrates for Dortmund

Dortmund overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their last-16 meeting with Benfica, romping to a 4-0 success back on home soil thanks largely to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's hat-trick.

The win consolidated third spot in the table for Dortmund, who are three points adrift of RB Leipzig and four clear of Hoffenheim.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his league-leading 23rd goal of the season in the 14th minute, sweeping the ball in off Marcel Schmelzer's cross.

The Gabon worldwide struggled at the Nations Cup on home soil, but has improved dramatically in recent weeks, scoring nine in his last five, and will look to help the Panthers in their upcoming global against Guinea on Friday.

Borussia, who have drawn Monaco in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, were missing a host of stars, but there was no disguising a poor display.

"I was already getting ready to save the penalty", admitted Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Burki after the referee missed his foul on Dario Lezcano on 52 minutes.

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"It is much more important that we won".

Burki had a busy night and admitted Dortmund were exhausted from their rescheduled German Cup win at minnows Sportfreunde Lotte on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel believes congested fixture schedules have hurt English teams in European competitions.

At the other end, Kagawa's cross led to Christian Pulisic having a shot blocked and Erik Durm slamming over from the rebound, before Raphael Guerreiro fired wide from a good opening just before the break.

Alfredo Morales could only steer wide a headed chance of his own and Burki had to get out quickly to deny Sonny Kittel as the visitors continued to carry a threat.

Leckie could have again rescued a point just before the final whistle, but he skied a chance over the bar.

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