Champions League:Gallant Dortmund Into The Semis

 @amoky on April 10 2013 5:49 AM

Burusia Dortmund scaled through the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League in the most dramatic fashion last night. Two quick goals in the dying minutes kept hope alive for "The Black Yellows". Borrusia Dortmund started the game courteously but maintained controlled and showed composure. They were string passes with ease such that you wonder if Malaga were in the game. The German team were cut off guard when former Spanish international Joaquin picked up the ball on the edge of the box area, dummied past the Dortmund defenders before firing a low drive in the right hand corner. The goal was all the home side needed to awake them from their slumber, after the goal the home side began struggle and one could see signs of nervousness. They soon regained control of the game and the kept on mounting on pressure on the visitors, their hard work paid off in the 40th minute when Dortmund levelled out of the blues – Reus back flicked an inch perfect pass to Lewandowski who rounded up the goalkeeper before firing home the ball. The goal brought the game back to live as the former Bundesliga champions began show confidence. The host were nearly caught out again right on the death of the first half, a free kick crossed found the goal scorer Joaquin with a powerful free header but Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller was on hand to save blushes of the host.

The second half began with both teams struggling for supremacy - Dortmund wasted no time as they attacked right from the beginning of the half, Lewandoski fired in a shot but Malaga’s keeper Willy saved it convincingly. It was not too long after that Dortmund went to sleep again and were nearly caught out by Joaquin header which was pushed out by Weidenfeller. Malaga began to assert themselves and showing occasional brilliance. French International Toulalan had his shot push into the air by Weidenfeller. Dortmund continued to press on and clearly dominated possession, the Spanish team were quite resilient and had some fast breaks which shows the defensive frailties of the German team. The Spaniard continued to put up a fight to maintain their advantage. Their effort paid off in the 82nd minute as former Arsenal player Julio Baptiste whose instrumental effort found Eliseu who slotted in the ball into the net – thought this looked to seal the fate of Dortmund; there was suspicion of an offside. Elimination was looming on the host team as even a leveller will still see them out of the competition. Matt Hummel was introduced to bring in a bit of stability in the rear. A decent free kick form the deep was lumped into the area, and misjudged by Demichelis who was immense throughout the game and a little bit of scramble before Reus converted the loose ball into the net. Even with the equaliser, it was still not enough as Malaga would have been through on the away goal rule. Just before the game came to a halt, Lewandoski crossed from the left – with four Borussia players in what looked to be an offside position – ball dangled a while before Felipe Santana tapped in the ball which brought the stadium to life again. It was unbelievable night that will linger in the memories of everyone connected with then club.

Neven Subotic was clear elated - "it was the craziest moment of my football history. The way it ended, this is something out from Hollywood" he expressed to Skysport.

Bayern Munich would look to complete the victory for Germany as they take on Juventus in the return leg later to day.

 

Oba Adeola Amokomowo

Bundesliga Contributor

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