For the second straight year, Bayern Munich will be traveling to Portugal in April, drawing defending Liga NOS champions Benfica in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Benfica currently sit two points ahead of Sporting CP in Portugal after winning their 34th league championship last season. They defeated Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to reach the quarterfinals this season thanks to two late goals from Nicolás Gaitán and Jonas. It is the first time since 2011/12 that Benfica have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
"We can be happy with the draw, but we cannot make the mistake of underestimating a team that has qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's website. "These will be two challenging games in which we need to emerge concentrated and engaged to reach our goal: the semifinals
Though both clubs have a long track record of European success, the two have only met twice in European competition. They last played each other in 1981 in the second round of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, a tie in which Bayern advanced 4-1 on aggregate. Bayern have advanced past Benfica twice, but have never scored in Lisbon.
Bayern will host the first leg on April 5/6, the first time they have hosted the first leg of a Champions League tie since their treble season in 2012/13. The German champions will then travel to Lisbon on April 12/13 for the second leg. Here is how the Champions League quarterfinal draw played out in full:
Wolfsburg vs. Real Madrid
Bayern Munich vs. Benfica
Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City