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Madrid survive mighty Dortmund scare

Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22.45CET
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid CF (agg: 2-3)
Marco Reus's double set up what would have been a famous comeback, but Madrid regrouped to reach a record 25th European Cup semi-final.
by Andy James
from BVB Stadion Dortmund

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Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22.45CET

Madrid survive mighty Dortmund scare

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid CF (agg: 2-3)
Marco Reus's double set up what would have been a famous comeback, but Madrid regrouped to reach a record 25th European Cup semi-final.

Real Madrid CF reached the last four of the UEFA Champions League for the fourth season running despite a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat by Borussia Dortmund.

With the injured Cristiano Ronaldo watching helplessly from the bench, Carlo Ancelotti's men looked in serious danger of relinquishing their three-goal first-leg advantage as Marco Reus struck twice in a frantic opening period. However, Madrid – beaten twice in Dortmund last term – withstood the German side's second-half pressure to eliminate the 2012/13 finalists 3-2 on aggregate.

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp had clearly instructed his charges to enjoy themselves in potentially their last game in the competition this season, and they did just that. Roared on by the famous Yellow Wall, the hosts worked the ball out well from defence but lacked the necessary incisiveness further up the pitch.

Their failure to score early on was very nearly punished on 17 minutes as Łukasz Piszczek was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Roman Weidenfeller dived to his left to block Ángel Di María's spot kick, though, and the thunderous cheer which reverberated around the stadium reinvigorated the Bundesliga team.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the first to go close for Borussia when he side-footed just wide following good work from Robert Lewandowski and Reus. It was the latter who broke the deadlock on 24 minutes, pouncing on Pepe's backward header before skipping past Iker Casillas and threading beyond the scrambling Sergio Ramos.

Sensing an opportunity, Dortmund soon created another opening as Mats Hummels powered a header goalwards from Reus's free-kick. Casillas got two firm hands behind it, but he was helpless again five minutes later as Reus capitalised on another loose ball in midfield, rolling left for Lewandowski whose finish came back off the far post before Reus followed up to smash high into the net.

As Madrid attempted to match Dortmund's tempo after the restart, Gareth Bale brought a rare save from Weidenfeller, but from there BVB peppered their visitors' goal with chances. Mkhitaryan spurned a fantastic opportunity to level the tie on aggregate, rounding Casillas only to plant his finish against the post with the goal beckoning.

It was Casillas who proved the Liga side's hero as he showed quick reactions to repel another Mkhitaryan effort and again moments later to deny Kevin Grosskreutz as the Blancos kept their Décima dream alive.

Last updated: 10/04/14

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Lineups

dortmund

Dortmund

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK) (C)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
3
PepePepe
9
R. LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card27
10
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
11
ReusMarco Reus
Goal24
Goal37
Yellow Card75
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution90+1
Yellow Card90+2
14
JojićMiloš Jojić
11
BaleGareth Bale
15
HummelsMats Hummels
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card31
19
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
Yellow Card90+3
15
CarvajalDaniel Carvajal
Yellow Card68
21
KirchOliver Kirch
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution81
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Penalty17
Substitution73
37
DurmErik Durm
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
Substitution46

Substitutes

20
LangerakMitchell Langerak (GK)
25
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
7
J. HofmannJonas Hofmann
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
Substitution90+1
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitution81
Yellow Card82
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
18
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
16
CasemiroCasemiro
Substitution73
Yellow Card83
23
SchieberJulian Schieber
18
NachoNacho
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
34
DuckschMarvin Ducksch
23
IscoIsco
Substitution46

Coach

Jürgen Klopp (GER) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Bojan Ul (SVN), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Jure Praprotnik (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Slavko Vinčić (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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