Aubameyang: a night to forget

February 15, 2017

It will go down as one of the worst nights of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s career.

No matter how hard he tried, the Gabonese striker just could not find the net.

Dortmund dominated Benfica on Tuesday night, hogging the ball and creating a number of chances.

It is the result that counts, however, and after 90 minutes, it was the Portuguese side who came away with a 1-0 victory.

Above all, that was down to Dortmund’s missed opportunities. And nobody missed more in Lisbon than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty and squandered several chances

The Dortmund striker looks dejected as he sits in the Estadio da Luz away dugout

After missing a one-on-one chance early on, Aubameyang managed a wry little grin. An hour and two more missed sitters later, his trademark smile was long gone.

The 27-year-old is often seen to miss chances when he has too much time to think, but the ones he squandered on Tuesday night were instinctive, the sort of opportunity he usually buries.

Right on the hour mark, Aubameyang had the chance to save his night from the penalty spot, but saw his weak shot down the middle easily parried away by goalkeeper Ederson.


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