Dortmund Wins Late in Champions League as Real Madrid Holds on
Borussia Dortmund scored twice in stoppage time to move into the Champions League soccer semifinals, while record-nine time winner Real Madrid held off a late comeback from Galatasaray to advance.
Marco Reus and Felipe Santana scored during four added minutes as Dortmund beat Malaga 3-2 last night in Germany to claim a spot in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1998. The teams had drawn 0-0 last week in Spain to open the two-match quarterfinal.
“What we accomplished will only really sink in over the next few days,” Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller said on the website of tournament organizer UEFA. “It’s an unbelievable feeling of pride. We weren’t able to call upon the form from recent games, but in the end we were rewarded for our irrepressible belief.”
Real Madrid advanced 5-3 on aggregate against Galatasaray following its 3-2 loss in Turkey. Cristiano Ronaldo scored both Real goals, pushing his tournament-leading total to 11.
“In this kind of match we had everything to lose but nothing to gain,” Real coach Jose Mourinho said on UEFA’s website. “Now we have a semi to play, against a great team. We do not know which one yet.”
The other two semifinalists will be decided tonight. Barcelona hosts Paris Saint-Germain with the teams tied 2-2 and Bayern Munich takes a 2-0 lead against Juventus into a matchup of former European Cup winners in Italy. The semifinal draw takes place in two days in Nyon, Switzerland.
Malaga’s Joaquin opened the scoring in the 25th minute in Germany before Robert Lewandowski tied it for 1997 champion five minutes before halftime.
Malaga looked set to advance when it went 2-1 up as Eliseu scored in the 82nd minute, leaving Dortmund needing two goals to advance. Reus tied the score in the first minute of stoppage time before Santana added the winner two minutes later, poking the ball over the line following a scramble in front of goal.
“We’re still trying to come to terms with what happened,” said Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz. “We were four minutes away from the semis. It’s such a pity to lose like this, especially as every one of us put in a huge effort.”
Real Madrid moved into the semifinals for a record- extending 24th time even after losing in Istanbul.
With his team leading 3-0 from the opener, Ronaldo put Real four goals ahead when he directed Sami Khedira’s pass past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the seventh minute.
The game remained 1-0 until the 57th minute when Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder made a run down the left side and cut a ball back toward the center for the onrushing Emmanuel Eboue to smash into the top corner.
The Turkish league leader then struck twice in two minutes to put pressure on Real. Sneijder scored in the 70th minute and Didier Drogba followed with a back-heeled goal to reduce Real’s overall lead to 4-3.
Real’s Alvaro Arbeloa was red-carded in the 89th minute after receiving his second yellow card before Ronaldo added his second in injury time to close the scoring.
“We didn’t have much hope,” Galatasaray forward Johan Elmander said. “It’s almost impossible to eliminate a team like Real Madrid coming from 3-0 behind.”
Real, which won its most-recent European Cup title in 2002, now enters the semifinals for the third straight year after exiting in the round of 16 the previous six seasons.
“They made things hard, but in reality we were the ones who made things complicated for ourselves,” Ronaldo said. “We’re happy to get through after this difficult game.”