Galatasaray vs Real Madrid & Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga, UEFA Champions League Open Thread

While there aren’t any Premier League clubs remaining in the UEFA Champions League, there’s still plenty of good football to watch today with the second legs of the quarter-finals set for later today.

If you live in the United States, both matches can be watched live on television and the Internet. Galatasaray against Real Madrid kicks off at 2:45pm ET on FOX Soccer, while FOX Soccer Plus will televise Borussia Dortmund against Malaga (2:45pm ET kick-off). Both games will also be shown live on FOX Soccer 2Go.

If you need a reason to watch Galatasaray against Real Madrid, even though Real Madrid has a big lead going into this match, I give you two words: Didier Drogba…

In the first leg between Malaga and Borussia Dortmund, the German side wasted several opportunities to take a lead. That match ended 0-0. Meanwhile, Real Madrid coasted past Galatasaray 3-0 in Spain, but expect the Turkish side to stage a comeback, aided by the incredible atmosphere of their home supporters.

Within the next few hours, we’ll know which two teams will be in the UEFA Champions League semi-final. The two others will be revealed to us tomorrow after Barcelona-Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich-Juventus.

Before, during or after today’s match, post your observations about the games in the comments section below.

14 thoughts on “Galatasaray vs Real Madrid & Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga, UEFA Champions League Open Thread”

    1. Luckily Dortmund just pulled one back. And WOW, they just scored another goal!!

      What an end to the match.

      The Gaffer

    1. So close, but so far. And Malaga are banned from playing in the UEFA Champions League next season due to financial irregularities. Tough night for Malaga fans.

      Good win for Galatasaray too.

      The Gaffer

      1. They will appeal it so lets see what happens. But this result might send them in free fall, physiologically they might not be able to recover from this. Speaking as a fan of Croatia, I know after the Euro 2008 choke against Turkey it took them a while to recover from that, in effect really 2-3 years (of course club football is different than national teams football)

  1. Two more awful offside non-calls by the other asst., this time in favor of BD. Absolutely unbelievable. Makes you almost start looking for a cash trail. Really.

    1. As to that, there is honestly nothing that would surprise me. With the amount wagered on the matches (particularly in Asia) you could easily see an official or linesman being offered sufficient financial incentive.

  2. Congrats to that Dortmund side. Fantastic supporters for them in general. Didn’t see any leaving even going into extra time and needing 2 to get through.

    Definitely rooting for them going forward.

  3. Nice to see Real Madrid wearing shirts with no sponsor names on them.

    Gambling is illegal in Turkey, so Real Madrid weren’t allowed to have their sponsor’s name on the shirt.

    The Gaffer

  4. You’ve got to feel bad for Malaga. To lose the way they did, questionable offside decisions, will be hard for them to accept. They have a class manager who only last week lost a family member (his father I think)and his players wanted to win this one for the manager. That’s football for you, full of emotions.

    Real had a real scare but they look like they might be destined to lift the cup this year.

    I hope we get Real vs Barcelona and Bayern vs Dortmund in the semis. That would be fantastic.

  5. Assuming Barcelona and Bayern go through tomorrow, I’d rather see Germany-Spain semi-finals and see how this one plays out. All Spanish or an all German final would be fine. Spain-Germany final would be fine as well…is this Real Madrid’s year?

  6. I’d rather see an all-Spanish and an all-German semi-finals since they are played over 2 legs and these are teams that are the 2 best teams in their leagues. The atmosphere and tension in these games would be awesome. Bring it on!

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