Real Faces Battle Against German Guns

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Mesut Ozil scored the equaliser when these teams last met. Image courtesy of
They’re the only unbeaten team in the UEFA Champions League, but by all rights, Borussia Dortmund shouldn’t even be in the competition at the semi-final stage. Malaga should have made it three La Liga teams in the final four, leading 2-1 on aggregate at the end of normal time at Dortmund’s home, the Westfalenstadion. Two goals in stoppage time saw Jurgen Klopp’s team progress, but they face a far greater task in the semis tackling Spanish superpower Real Madrid .

The Germans should take some confidence from their two matches against Real in the group stage. Dortmund triumphed 2-1 at home, while it took an 89th-minute equaliser from Mesut Ozil for Madrid to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.

Both teams are in the position of handing over their league crowns to the teams in the other semi-final, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, so the Champions League will be the sole focus over the next week. Real cruised through its quarter-final against Turkish side Galatasaray 6-2, and the Spanish side is aiming for an amazing 10th victory in this competition.

There are quality marksmen in both outfits. Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 11 times in ten matches, while Robert Lewandowski has scored six times for his German outfit. Marco Reus has also been impressive when pushing forward for Dortmund, finding the back of the net on four occasions this campaign. Three of those have been vital away goals at Amsterdam ArenA, the City of Manchester Stadium, as well as the Bernabeu in the group meeting between these teams, while he scored the equaliser against Malaga in the quarters.

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