For a club that was in financial difficulty some few years back, not necessarily a traditional super power in Europe - this is more than a dream achievement for the "Yellow Blacks. Jorgen Klopp would not have imagined that he would take club to the pinnacle of all competitions when he assumed office in 2008. Dortmund scaled through to the finals of the UEFA Champions league finals since their first 16 years ago - when they defeated a star studded Juventus team that had Zinedine Zidane in the finals of the same competition. Their victory however was not without a scare as Madrid left it late to win 2-0 - goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were not enough to see them through as they were already down by 4-1 in the first leg.
Los Blancos started the game with aim of cancelling the deficit quite early – their intention was reward when they got their first corner kick in within 30 seconds of the game. Luka Modric who was immense on the night found Gonzalo Higuain but his effort was blocked by Roman Weidenfeller. Modric again opened up for Mesut Ozil but his shot went wide as the Spanish outfit continue to search for the opener. The former German champions on the other hand lunched occasional fast break that caught Real Madrid off guard. The second half commenced and Madrid did not look like a team desiring to winning. The first leg hero Robert Lewandoski had two chances to stretch the lead – one of his efforts hit the underneath of the cross bar following a pass from Marco Reus. Ikey Gundogan had his chance blocked by Real’s goalkeeper – Diego Lopez.
Real start to mount the momentum as the game was gradually dragging to an end. The aggressive push paid off when French international Karim Benzima who came on from the bench to gave the host a glimmer of hope as he scored with seven minutes remaining. Things got better for Madrid when Sergio Ramos smashed in a lay off from Benzema with 2 minutes from stoppage time, within a twinkle; the tide was almost changing as one more goal will put them through. Dortmund survived a few late scares before English referee Howard Webb blew the whistle to signal the end of an epic encounter – but over the two legs Dortmund deserved to win. Later today the new Bundesliga king Bayern Munich would defend they very impressive 4-0 lead against Barcelona. A winning will make it an all- German affair – a repeat of Juvetus – AC Milan 2003, and Chelsea Vs Manchester United when clubs from the league got to the finals.
Oba Adeola Amokomowo
IB Times Football Contributor
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