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Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final: Open Thread

champions league Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Open Thread

For today’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, all eyes will be on poor Mario Gotze who — while still a Borussia Dortmund player — has signed a pre-agreement to join Bayern Munich this summer for a transfer fee believed to be £32 millon.

The timing of Bayern Munich leaking the information to the press has to be questioned, on the eve of Borussia Dortmund’s massive match. Not only could it undermine the mental ability of Gotze, but it puts manager Jurgen Klopp and Gotze’s teammates under pressure knowing that the player will be leaving soon. On top of that, Dortmund could face Bayern Munich in the final if they can overcome Real Madrid. Talk about an awkward situation.

In the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League, Borussia Dortmund faced Real Madrid twice, with the German team winning 2-1 and drawing the other match 2-2.

Borussia Dortmund starting XI: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gündogan, Bender; Kuba, Götze, Reus; Lewandowski.

Real Madrid starting XI: Diego López, Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira; Modric, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain.

For viewers in the United States, today’s match will be televised live on FX with the kick-off scheduled for 2:45pm ET. The game will also be shown live on FOX Soccer 2Go.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with soccer fans from around the world in the comments section below.

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19 Responses to Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final: Open Thread

  1. San Franciscan says:

    Still think Man United should be in it, oh well. Still blaming it on Gus though.

  2. Carmello says:

    Anyone else having problems getting Foxsoccer2go to work for the Dortmund-Madrid game?

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Brilliant goal on the counter attack by Real Madrid.

    The Gaffer

  4. The Gaffer says:

    How many football owners are sharpening their pencils right now to see how they can afford Robert Lewandowski?

    The Gaffer

  5. trickybrkn says:

    Not the best of weeks for Spanish clubs…

  6. kagawa23 says:

    As fans of all teams i think we can agree that this performance from the 2 german teams has been on another level pure class. Lewandowski performance words cant describe.

  7. Marc L says:

    Holy hell! 8-1 on aggregate for the German clubs? 4 for Lewandowski?

    Would set up an intriguing final with the Gotze sale. That’s such a great fanbase in Dortmund. Would be nice to see them get the big one. That club seems intent on selling some more of those fantastic players and this is really a shame.

  8. brn442 says:

    I really feel that Dortmund have in them to beat Bayern.

    They have that metal in their blood from being former Champions – I still remember how ruthlessly they dispatched Manchester United in 96.

    This tie is not finished yet though, if Madrid gets another goal or two.

  9. Charles Boyer says:

    It looked like the shift from La Liga to the Bundesliga was starting to happen last year, and this year it appears to be completed.

  10. Charles Boyer says:

    In case anyone missed it, Luis Suarez was banned ten game a little while ago.

  11. Mufc77 says:

    The away goal could be crucial. Madrid are more than capable of scoring 3 at home the question is can they keep a clean sheet.

  12. kyle says:

    Barcelona have a much more uphill battle than Real Madrid. That away goal for real could be very important.

    While Madrid have it in them to score their main problem is that they don’t have that good of a defense. Should set up a very interesting second leg though.

  13. Burgos says:

    i felt the same way about barca getting just 1 away goal. i know the camp nou is magical, but bayern are unreal. i do feel if they had just 1 away goal, i wouldn’t be surprised if barca go through.

    good point if madrid can keep a clean sheet so they can score 3. both ties seem so similar, it’s crazy. regardless on who goes to the finals, it’ll be great!

  14. Gary says:

    At least we know what the two Spanish teams are going to do, attack, attack, attack. Should make for a very open game for each matchup. Both Real and Barcelona have it in them to score goals at home but the real question is can they stop the German teams from scoring. I’m not sure they can. I see an all-German final at Wembley.

  15. Smokey Bacon says:

    An all German final at Wembley no less. Just doesn’t bare thinking about.

  16. dust says:

    Lewandowski and Gotze are leaving Dortmund for Bayern… I’m not sure how UEFA allow there to be contracts signed outside of the transfer window… but they have…. If it is an all german final and Gotze or Lewandowski miss a sitter or a pen and Bayern win.. how many questions will be asked then?

    Will they give there all and cost the club they are going to the CL?

    it doesn’t seem right to me…

  17. Scrumper says:

    I think the Spanish teams were reading their own press sailing towards an all Spanish final and totally underestimated the Germans. Barcelona proved they are a one man team and Real has no defence. Both of them couldn’t deal with the constant German pressing and what became evident in the latter stages – their superior fitness.

    The two best teams are going to Wembley. It’ll be an all German final.

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