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Demichelis downbeat after Málaga defeat

Published: Wednesday 10 April 2013, 8.30CET
Martín Demichelis was "hugely disappointed", but Júlio Baptista said Málaga CF had to be proud of "a fantastic first season in the Champions League" despite a dramatic exit.
by Andy James
from BVB Stadion Dortmund

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Published: Wednesday 10 April 2013, 8.30CET

Demichelis downbeat after Málaga defeat

Martín Demichelis was "hugely disappointed", but Júlio Baptista said Málaga CF had to be proud of "a fantastic first season in the Champions League" despite a dramatic exit.

Málaga CF defender Martín Demichelis told UEFA.com the team were "hugely disappointed" after being eliminated by two last-gasp Borussia Dortmund goals in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg. The former FC Bayern München centre-back felt the Spanish side would have been worthy last-four contenders, while forward Júlio Baptista remained magnanimous in defeat, reflecting on a remarkable debut season in the competition for the Iberian upstarts.

Martín Demichelis, Málaga defender
We're hugely disappointed because we're out of a great competition. There wasn't much separating us from a place in the semi-finals. We probably went out in the most painful way possible. We played well for the whole 90 minutes and could even have made it 3-1, but then we conceded two and that really hurt.

We can fly home with our heads held high. Hardly anyone believed we could do it after we drew 0-0 in the first leg, but we were closer to victory than Dortmund for long periods of the match. I think we would have deserved a place in the semi-finals.

Júlio Baptista, Málaga forward
We didn't go out this evening because we were worse than Dortmund, we just had a lot of bad luck. We kept on creating good chances and could have made it 3-1, and that would have been game over.

Dortmund won in the end and they're the ones celebrating – but that's football. You have to be able to lose – it's part and parcel of the game. We can be proud of a fantastic first season in the Champions League.

Willy, Málaga goalkeeper
We're all devastated. We played really well and threw away our place in the semi-finals in the last minute. It's a bitter pill to swallow. There was a big crowd of players involved in their third goal and unfortunately we didn't manage to clear the ball – although we should have. We shouldn't let our heads drop after this, though. We have to look forward and set ourselves fresh targets for the future.

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