Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Agg 3-4): Germans survive late bombardment to reach Wembley final

Borussia Dortmund will contest the 2012-13 Champions League final after edging past Real Madrid despite a 2-0 defeat in their semifinal second leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
The Bundesliga side survived an early onslaught by Jose Mourinho's men to hold onto its 4-1 first-leg advantage for most of the game – and had several chances to make the aggregate score even more humiliating for the wasteful Spanish team. However, goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos in the last 10 minutes suddenly set up the most frantic of finishes, but Dortmund hung on to clinch its first final berth since 1997, when the club defeated Juventus 3-1 to win the trophy. Angel Di Maria, benched for the first leg, started for Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo also returned after he was rested with a thigh complaint for the Madrid derby victory over the weekend.

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