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Real Madrid exit the Champions League

Real Madrid's 2-0 victory was not enough to send them through (©GettyImages)
Real Madrid's 2-0 victory was not enough to send them through (©GettyImages).

 

Real Madrid almost pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history with two late goals in the last 10 minutes, but it was a case of too little too late for Los Blancos.

Borussia Dortmund will play Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the Champions League final after stumbling across the line following a late cameo from Real Madrid.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos in the last 10 minutes set up a nervous finish for the German side, but they rode the storm to seal their place in the final at Wembley - reaching the Champions League final for the second time in their illustrious history.

Throughout both legs Dortmund were the better side and the 2-0 victory for Real Madrid flatters the Spanish champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil started in attack for the Whites. Ronaldo returned from injury after missing Saturday’s derby victory over Atletico Madrid. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, started with the same team that thrashed Real Madrid in the first leg.

Higuain had a great chance to open the scoring in the fourth minute but he shot straight at goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Jose Mourinho’s side looked up to the task with a dominating start to the game but they almost fell behind when a Ilkay Gundogan chip found danger man Robert Lewandwoski, only for the Pole to hit a weak shot straight at Diego Lopez.

Ronaldo was then presented with a similar chance but his powerful shot was straight at the goalkeeper too.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Dortmund's Bayern-bound star Mario Gotze limped off with what seems to be a hamstring injury, and he was then replaced by Kevin Grosskreutz.

The tempo of the game slowed down for the remaining of the first half, much to Dortmund’s advantage.

Real Madrid’s good work was almost undone by Lewandowski but the Pole blasted the ball when he should have kept his cool. The striker had another chance a few minutes later but his shot came off the crossbar, much to the relief of the home crowd.

Lopez produced a stunning save to prevent Gundogan from sealing the tie. The chance seemed to spur on Madrid and a goal came from substitute Benzema just a few minutes after Lewandowski had missed another chance.

The France international tapped in from an Ozil cross after the German was teed up by another substitute, Kaka.

And when Ramos smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a Benzema assist, the Real Madrid fans began dream.

Dortmund hung on and Real Madrid were subsequently knocked out. Another semi-final heartache for Mourinho, who all but confirmed that he will be leaving the Spanish club at the end of the season.

 

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