In a game that ended as franticly as it started, Borrussia Dortmund managed to cling on to their Champions League status in a dramatic encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Dortmund took a 4-1 lead into the second leg of this Champions League semi-final, meaning Real Madrid needed a 3-0 victory to progress in normal time.

The Spanish outfit certainly began the tie like a team desperate for goals, exploding out of the blocks.

The first chance of the game fell to Real forward Gonzalo Higuain who placed his shot too close to the on-rushing Dortmund stopper, after being slipped through one-on-one by German playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Ozil then had a golden opportunity as roles were reversed and Higuain delicately touched the ball round the corner for the midfielder to move on to, but Ozil dragged his attempt wide.

Real were rampant and Dortmund desperately struggled to gain a foot-hold in the game – Madrid would need an early goal to truly test the German’s resolve.

Klopp’s men slowly began to claw their way back into the match, but it was Real that looked threatening every time they played their way forward.

Dortmund had their chances though, with in-form hitman Robert Lewandowski testing Diego Lopez. The Polish forward lost his marker, Sergio Ramos, took the ball on his chest but fired straight at the Madrid keeper.

Mourinho’s men probed, but they were unable to unlock a Dortmund defensive unit commanded by the colossal Mats Hummel.

The second half saw the away side initiate attacks of note and it was their turn to be wasteful in front of goal - Lewandowski spurning a handful of chances you would have put your mortgage on him converting after his show-stopping performance in the previous leg.

Real were in need of new firepower, and Mourinho made the changes. Replacing the ineffective Higuain with Benzema and full-back Coentrao with the ball-playing Brazilian, Kaka breathed new life into a Real side desperate to reach the final.

Although the home side had created chances, which is to be expected, Dortmund looked relatively composed as they defended well and countered dangerously in the second half.

All of this changed in the eighty-second minute, however. Ozil’s creative influence again key, as he delivered a dangerous ball across the Dortmund six yard box, which was slotted home by substitute Benzema. Could Madrid triumph with around ten minutes left on the clock? - They gave it a ‘Real’ go!

Dortmund began to look vulnerable as Madrid attacked with wave after wave. The question was, could they hold on and stop Madrid inflicting a similarly cruel late victory to the one inflicted on Malaga, by Dortmund in the previous round.

Impressive Dortmund midfielder, Gundogan, had a chance to put the tie to bed after Reus squared, but Madrid keeper, Lopez, made an outstanding save.

When Benzema poked the ball back to Ramos, who took a touch and blasted the ball into the roof of the Dortmund net, the previously impossible now seemed possible.

The noise from the home support was deafening as they willed and prayed their team to victory, but it was not to be their night.

Dortmund held on and progressed to set out a mouth-watering potential final against German rivals Bayern Munich.

 

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