Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid UEFA Matches
The first leg of Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, should see the home side to take every advantage that they can away from the home fixture. The first leg will be played in Dortmund on April 24th, with the return on April 30th. Just as in the other semi final, this is a duel between Germany and Spain, and long have the German sides waited to step out of the shadow of Spanish giants. So can Dortmund make an impression against Real Madrid, the outright favourites in the Champions League betting?
While Jose Mourinho’s men were pushed hard by Manchester United in the round of sixteen, they are the only ones of the final four in this season’s competition, to have progressed without any real big scare. The Merengues have taken over favoritism to win the Champions League from Barcelona, given the semi final draw. Real Madrid are this season’s top scoring side in the competition and they took an easy path to the semi finals after being paired up with Turkish side Galatasaray in the quarter finals. Real Madrid had their problems with personnel and alleged dressing room turmoil, which saw them lose early ground in their La Liga title defence. They looked a little bit shaky in the early stages of the Champions League too, but in squeezing past Manchester United, they seemed to turn a corner and haven’t looked back. They have Jose Mourinho guiding them of course, who will be contesting a record-equalling seventh semi final as a coach. So far he has only won two out his previous six appearances, but the two semi finals that he did win, he went on to lift the crown (with FC Porto and Inter Milan). Cristiano Ronaldo is the key to them going forward and an away goal in Dortmund would set them up well for the return leg.
But the outgoing Bundesliga champions have reasons to be confident in this one. They went up against Real Madrid twice in this season’s group stage of the Champions League and weren’t overwhelmed at all. Indeed, Dortmund took a 2-1 win on home soil and they looked lined up to win by the same scoreline in Madrid as well, until Real equalised late on. So they have already flexed their muscles and shown what they are made of. Because of Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title so early, Dortmund can at least focus with full intent on these two matches. It needed every ounce of last minute resilience to see Dortmund get through to the semi finals though. They looked down and out in the second leg of their quarter final tie against Spanish side Malaga until two injury time goals from the Germans stunned the entire crowd. Borussia Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Champions League this season and have strengths through the middle of the park to really push Real Madrid, as was shown in the group stage. But the Germans are underdogs because it is a daunting task for them against the favorites. It may be a role that they will relish though.
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid head to head
06/11/2012, group stage: Madrid 2-2 Dortmund
24/10/2012, group stage: Dortmund 2-1 Madrid
25/02/2003, second group stage: Dortmund 1-1 Madrid
19/02/2003, second group stage: Madrid 2-1 Dortmund
15/04/1998, semi-finals: Dortmund 0-0 Madrid
01/04/1998, semi-finals: Madrid 2-0 Dortmund
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