With star winger Marco Reus sidelined, Borussia Dortmund turned to Christian Pulisic for what was certainly the biggest game of the season. The U.S. Men’s National Team provided in a big way, leading the German club the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
After assisting Dortmund’s first goal of the evening, Pulisic scored Dortmund’s second goal of a 4-0 win over Benfica. The goal proved a game-winner, as Dortmund overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit to seal a win over the Portuguese powerhouse.
Pulisic’s day started early as the American winger helped setup the goal that equalized the two-leg tie. Just four minutes into the game, Pulisic flicked on a header from a Dortmund corner, finding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the back post to tie the aggregate scoreline at one apiece.
In the 59th minute, Pulisic fired his game-winner, his first career Champions League goal. The 18-year-old winger timed his run perfectly, beating Benfica’s line to get on the end of a Lukas Piszczek through-ball. Pulisic then showed the composure to chip a shot up and over an onrushing Ederson, leaving the Benfica goalkeeper helpless as Dortmund took the 2-1 aggregate lead.
Aubameyang sealed the deal just two minutes later to make the score 3-1, leading Dortmund into the quarterfinals. With the match winding down, Pulisic then helped set up Dortmund’s fourth, providing a key pass as Aubameyang completed his hat-trick.
Here’s a look at Pulisic’s goal: