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Soccer-Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into last eight
March 8, 2017 / 9:41 PM / 8 months ago

Soccer-Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into last eight

* Dortmund’s Aubameyang grabs hat-trick

* Ruhr valley club in last eight for third time in decade

* Germans snapped Benfica’s seven-game winning run

* Quarter-final draw to take place on March 17

DORTMUND, Germany, March 8 (Reuters) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund crushed Benfica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.

The Gabon international, who endured a dreadful evening in the 1-0 first leg loss in which he missed a hatful of chances and had a penalty saved, was back at his lethal best.

He struck either side of a Christian Pulisic goal and added another late in the game as the German side, European champions in 1997, made the last eight of the competition for the third time in 10 years.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond

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