Benfica's reward for qualification from the Champions League group stage is a mouthwatering round of 16 tie against German giants Borussia Dortmund. The Eagles will host the first leg at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday 14th February, before travelling to the 81,000 capacity Westfalenstadion on Wednesday 8th March.
Dortmund were the top scorers in this season's group phase, smashing 21 goals in six matches, 14 of which came against Sporting's conquerors Legia Warsaw. They find themselves seventh in the latest UEFA club rankings, one place ahead of Benfica.
To reach the quarter-finals, Benfica will need to stop Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has netted an incredible 19 times in 20 appearances so far this campaign. Besides Aubameyang, the Black and Yellows possess an exciting blend of household names (Reus, Götze, Schürrle, Kagawa) and talented youngsters (Dembélé, Ginter, Pulisic, Weigl, Mor).
Another player to look out for will be Euro 2016 winner and self-confessed Benfiquista Raphaël Guerreiro, who has made a flying start to his career in Germany, contributing three goals and five assists in his first twelve outings.
Thomas Tuchel's men finished runners-up in the Bundesliga and the German Cup last season, and reached the Europa League quarter-final, where they lost to a Liverpool side inspired by their former coach Jürgen Klopp. Dortmund are sixth in the latest edition of the Bundesliga, after a string of disappointing away performances.
The two sides have met just once before, in the first round of the 1963/64 European Cup. Benfica - who were aiming to reach their fourth consecutive final - triumphed 2-1 in the first leg in Lisbon, with goals from António Simões and Eusébio. Disaster struck in the reverse fixture, however, as the Encarnados collapsed to a 5-0 defeat.