Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

The front cover of today’s Marca newspaper in Spain sums it up beautifully. A three-nil win today for Real Madrid is all the side needs to reach the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.

That’s easier said than done. After Real Madrid lost 4-1 against Dortmund in Germany two weeks ago, Jose Mourinho’s team has a massive hurdle in front of them if they want to play either Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the final. One goal for Borussia Dortmund and it could be game over for Real.

Mourinho will need to ensure that the defense is solid in the back, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s strikers are clinical in front of goal. For Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, it’s a tough job to figure out how to play this one. Dortmund knows how to score best, but an attacking policy could leave the Bundesliga team vulnerable at the back.

Real Madrid starting XI: Diego López; Essien, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Modric; Di María, Özil, Cristiano; Higuaín.

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

For viewers in the United States, today’s match is being televised on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below.


19 thoughts on “Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread”

    1. The writing was on the wall when they scraped out the win against !0 man United. We battered them in the final twenty mins. With no midfield and a man less. That says it all they met a team that matchestheir physicality and technical ability. They got lucky against city in both games because of some suspect defending at the Bernabeu and bad finishing at the Etihad. They dont live up to their own hype

  1. Oh Madrid, should be up by 3. There are only a finite amount of chances you get, before the legs tire and the self-doubt sets in.

  2. I've been a college basketball coach for 15 years. I really don't follow other teams besides mine because most play slow. And I stopped watching the NBA a loooong time ago. Now is the time of year when NBA fans tell me, "You have to watch the NBA Playoffs....the games are so intense!"

    Watching this match (Madrid-Dortmund), how could any fan of the NBA say the playoffs are intense? At any point of a NBA game (playoff or regular season) there are 8 players literally standing around. All of the players jog back on defense.

    Look at the intensity of Madrid's attack and the ground they are covering!

    There is nothing like European football!

    1. i love soccer too. I like to watch basketball but hate the playoffs. I hate the 7 game format, which gives the under dogs no chance.

  3. What do madrid want the ref to blow with every tackel that dortment makes cause they look at the referee everytime

  4. What an ending to the match!

    Congratulations to Borussia Dortmund and commiserations to Real Madrid.

    The Gaffer

  5. When you are adrift in a cup tie from the 1st leg, you have to convert your chances.

    If only Madrid had converted just one of their first half chances ..... congrats to the Germans.

  6. now Mourinho is crying and will go back to England where for some reason the media is so up his ass.

  7. Between Gonzalo, Ronaldo and Ozil's chances in the first 15 minutes, had one of those gone in, Dortmund were done.

    Too bad, the Germans were there for the taking; too little too late from Real Madrid...

  8. Real madrid is strongest team in the world.but this team was lost 4-1 1st leg in semi final in uefa champion league.but i hope 2nd leg real madrid will win against dortmunt


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