Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Agg 3:4)
Two goals in the final 10 minutes wasn’t enough as Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League and sent Dortmund through to their second european final in history.
There was plenty of expectation and pressure on Real heading into this one, after suffering a 4-1 first leg defeat in Germany. The hosts started explosively, Higuain was put through after a lovley through ball by Ozil but the Spainard could only fire straight at Weidenfeller. Cristiano Ronaldo then had a similar chance after a chip over the top by Ozil but Ronaldo had his shot saved too.
Ozil had the best chance of the first half, surging into the box but dragging his shot wide. Despite all of these chances, Dortmund created a chance of their own. Lewandowski scuffing his shot after finding space after a free kick. Half time rung and the game did seem poised, if Madrid could get one then perhaps they could get the three they needed.
The second half was as entertaining as the first, Dortmund should of put the game to bed when Lewandowski was put clear but Dortmund’s star man could only crash his shot against the bar. Moments later, a Reus cross that was flashed across the face of goal was met freely by Gundogan who forced a point blank save from Diego Lopez.
Then the drama. 82 minutes, Ozil was released on the far side, his fizzing ball into the box was met by substitue Karim Benzema who tapped in for 1-0. The Bernabeu lifted into orbit at the sight of this goal and that drove the Madrid players. It was 2-0 on 88 minutes, a corner came in which Weidenfeller who could only tip the ball onto Benzema, the frenchman then un-selfishly layed the ball to Sergio Ramos who took a touch before rifiling a shot into the top corner.
Unforunately Madrid couldn’t get the third and the surge from the hosts came too little to late. The Madrid fans were left frustrated for the third year running, a third consecutive semi final exit. Dortumund held their cool in injury time and booked their place in the Champions League final.
Real Madrid will definately be left disappointed with the amount of chances they let slip away. With this 2nd semi final exit for Mourinho will this raise rumours that the ‘Special One’ could be on his way out in the summer?… As for Dortmund this aggregate win and the achievement will certainly go down in club history.