Pulisic scores 1st Champions League goal, lifting Dortmund
Christian Pulisic reached yet another milestone, scoring his first Champions League goal to help Borussia Dortmund reach the quarterfinals.
The 18-year-old midfielder from Hershey, Pennsylvania, chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Ederson from 7 yards in the 59th minute, giving the hosts the aggregate lead in a 4-0 win over Portugal’s Benfica on Wednesday night. Dortmund overcame a 1-0 deficit from the first leg for a 4-1 win in the home-and-home, total-goals series.
Pulisic also assisted on the first of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three goals, flicking Ousmane Dembele’s corner kick to the far post for the fourth-minute goal that tied the matchup.
“It’s a very special evening,” Pulisic said. “Unbelievable.”
Pulsiic became the seventh American to score in the Champions League, joining Borussia Dortmund’s Jovan Kirovski, PSV Eindhoven’s and Glasgow Rangers’ DaMarcus Beasley, Rangers’ Maurice Edu, Schalke’s Jermaine Jones, Anderlecht’s Sacha Kljestan and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Fabian Johnson.
Pulisic’ goal came when he ran onto Lukasz Piszczek’s through pass and scored with a right-footed shot from just to the side of the 6-yard box.