With an over-involved injured Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of a spirited Dortmund side. For all of Dortmund’s effort and performance, it wasn’t to be for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they fell to a 3-2 defeat on aggregate as they bowed out of this season’s Champions League.
Real Madrid had a chance to put the result of the tie to rest early on when they were rightly awarded a penalty for Lukasz Piszczek’s handball. 17th minutes into the 2nd leg Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria had the opportunity to effectively kill off the tie as he stepped up to take the penalty in the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. However, an unfortunate slip and a reflex save from Roman Weidenfeller’s feet kept the resilient Germans in the game.
All the fans at the Signal Iduna Park required was that one moment that fired them up. A couple of minutes after Weidenfeller’s penalty save; a lung-busting chase of a virtually lost cause by Polish frontman Robert Lewandowski, who will be leaving for Bayern Munich in the summer, got control of the ball and squared up Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan who astonishingly shot wide from 8 yards out. The decibel levels at the Signal Iduna Park rose to whole new level henceforth for the rest of the game. Every tackle, every pass and every counter-attack was cheered by the Dortmund faithful.
It didn’t take long for the Germans to get their deserved goal. 24 minutes on the clock and a feeble attempt from Portuguese central defender Pepe to head back to Casillas was pounced upon by the industrious Marco Reus who slotted home the opener with minimum of fuss.
The decibel levels at the Signal Iduna Park shot to higher level on 37 minutes as Reus was there again to slot home Lewandoski’s rebound after the Pole struck the post with an almost-accurate finish. Thus, the deficit was down to one goal with a good 53 minutes to go in the match. Dortmund came close again when widely-coveted defender Mats Hummels’ powerful header at the far post was acrobatically saved by the Iker Casillas in the Spanish side’s goal.
Real’s superstars looked perplexed as wave after wave of Dortmund attacks swarmed their half after the interval. Welsh winger Gareth Bale did come close for the Spaniards but the chance of the half fell to feet of Mkhitaryan for Dortmund. With 25 minutes to go, the Armenian sped beyond the Madrid defence, rounded Casillas only to smack his shot against the post.
Ancelotti and Ronaldo, animated and desperate urged their men in white to hold on. A hard fought 2-0 defeat was enough for the superstars from Madrid to go through to the semi-finals.