Wednesday April 3, 2013 Quarter-final Finished Estadio La Rosaleda

Málaga CF 0 - 0 Borussia Dortmund

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  1. Champions League - Dortmund frustrated in Malaga stalemate

    Champions League - Dortmund frustrated in Malaga stalemate

    Borussia Dortmund were frustrated as Malaga secured a goalless draw in their Champions League last-eight first leg in Spain. More

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    Time:90'
    • Málaga CF
    • Borussia Dortmund
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: Malaga 0-0 Dortmund. All to play for in what promises to be an intriguing second leg in Germany.
    • 90+2' DORTMUND sub: Oliver Kirch on for Goetze.
    • 90+1' Three minutes have been added.
    • 90' Schieber chests on a ball 35 yards out and fires in a volley that has the fans in the crowd behind the goal cowering in fear. It's been that sort of night.
    • 89' In fact, it's a free-kick on the far right that's cut back to Antunes who lashes a shot just wide. Good effort.
    • 88' Malaga earn a corner. Could they do it?
    • 87' MALAGA sub: Isco replaced by Duda. A disappointing night for the starlet.
    • 85' Dortmund toss another free-kick in to the mix but again Malaga stand firm.
    • 84' Would 0-0 be a bad result for Malaga? It keeps them very much in the tie with no away goal conceded against a vibrant opposition attack.
    • 83' Schieber races into space and is picked out by Lewandowski on the right. The striker cuts inside but thrashes his shot well off target.
    • 82' Antunes picks up the ball 40 yards from goal and hammers a shot well over the top. It's getting a bit desperate out there.
    • 81' Lewandowski trips Iturra when the Malaga defender was going nowhere under pressure. One word describes that challenge - frustration.
    • 80' DORTMUND sub: Kehl replaced by Sven Bender.
    • 79' Santana with a very optimistic shot from the edge of the box that almost leaves the stadium.
    • 78' Manuel Iturra booked for a cynical foul on Lewandowski. He'll miss the second leg.
    • 77' And Joaquin almost picks him out with a clipped pass but Piszczek mops up the danger.
    • 76' MALAGA sub: Roque Santa Cruz, the hero of the last round, replaces Baptista.
    • 75' Fifteen minutes left and neither side are looking likely at the moment. That would leave the tie intriguingly poised.
    • 74' LATEST: Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray - Higuain nets Real's third of the night. Real Madrid v Galatasaray: LIVE
    • 72' And it's 3-0 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. It's looking tough for Gala now.
    • 71' Or perhaps you want to see out the final moments of tonight's CL action keeping tabs on Real Madrid v Galatasaray? Real Madrid v Galatasaray: LIVE
    • 70' Twenty minutes to go? Are we going to have a winner here? Tweet us your predictions and I'll publish the best right here. Tweet Paul Hassall (Paul_Hassall) on Twitter
    • 69' DORTMUND sub: Reus replaced by Julian Schieber.
    • 68' Reus whips in a devilish free-kick from the left but Malaga hold firm and it's headed clear with Lewandowski lurking on the penalty spot.
    • 67' MALAGA sub: Saviola replaced by Francisco Portillo.
    • 66' Felipe Santana heads clear but Malaga continue to press and Isco thumps in a piledriver from the edge of the box that Weidenfeller does well to beat to safety.
    • 65' Back up the other end and Malaga earn a corner.
    • 64' CHANCE for Dortmund. Goetze is played into the area by Reus but his fizzing low drive misses the far post by inches.
    • 63' The ball is driven into the heart of the area but Weidenfeller is there to punch well clear of his area.
    • 62' Wonderful work by Toulalan who weaves down the left and wins a corner.
    • 61' STAT ALERT: All three of Reus’ Champions League goals this season have come away from home for Borussia Dortmund.
    • 59' Great feet by Goetze on the right of the Malaga area but his cut back doesn't find Reus. The final ball is lacking for the visitors.
    • 58' At the other end, dortmund earn a corner but Weligton is there to head clear. Dortmund's set pieces haven't been up to much so far tonight.
    • 57' Joaquin bursts into the Dortmund area but the keeper is out to avert the danger.
    • 56' STAT ALERT: Isco has completed the most dribbles among the players from the eight teams left in the Champions League this season - but he's gone very quiet tonight.
    • 55' The chances appear to have dried up as we head towards the hour mark. Is it time for a change?
    • 54' Still 2-0 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
    • 53' Another impressive stat: Only one team has stopped Dortmund conceding this season - Bayern Munich in the German Cup.
    • 52' Dortmund on the attack again and a floated ball to the far left is misjudged allowing Goetze to hook a cross towards Lewandowski, but Willy is there to gather at his near post.
    • 51' Pellegrini bidding to become the first man since Brian Clough in the 70s to take two CL debutant teams into the last four at the first time of asking. Clough did it with Derby and Forest. Pellegrini has so far done it with Villarreal.
    • 50' It's all gone a bit scrappy out there at the moment. Malaga looking to take some of the heat out of the game after a fast start to the second period by the away team.
    • 49' Remember Dortmund have found the net in each of their CL games so far this season - but is it going to be one of those nights for the German champions? They've missed some gilt-edged chances so far this evening.
    • 48' What a chance! And what a MISS! Goetze races to the left byline and cuts the ball back for Lewandowski who skews his side-footed effort well wide of target. The opener looked inevitable when it fell to the in-form hitman just eight yards from goal.
    • 47' Dortmund straight on the attack and Lukasz Piszczek smashes in a low drive that is straight at Willy.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Malaga restart the match.
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME. Malaga 0-0 Dortmund.
    • 45' Dortmund take the corner but again the delivery lacks quality. One minute of added time.
    • 44' Malaga on top but here come Dortmund and Kehl sees a blockbuster from 30 yards beaten to safety by Willy.
    • 43' And they could be ahead. A corner is headed towards goal and Roman Weidenfeller is forced to make a good save. Toulalan's follow-up header is then nodded to safety.
    • 42' Great stat here: Malaga are the only team yet to concede a first-half goal in the Champions League this season. They are just a few minutes away from maintaining that record.
    • 41' Borussia Dortmund’s four away games in the Champions League this season have produced 15 goals (nine for, six against) - but NONE so far tonight.
    • 40' From a position of comfort to one of anxiety - Dortmund suddenly under the cosh as Malaga enjoy what is their best spell of the game so far.
    • 39' A free-kick from the right is met by the unchallenged head of Weligton who guides it back across goal when an attempt at goal would have been the better option.
    • 38' Interesting stat from @optajoe concerning tonight's other CL tie. "30 - Karim Benzema has now scored 30 Champions League goals; Thierry Henry (50) is the only French player to net more (Trezeguet 29). Super."
    • 37' Tricky feet from Lewandowski on the left as he cuts in past the token challenge of Weligton and fires in a low shot that is easily gathered by Willy.
    • 36' STAT ALERT: Jurgen Klopp has used the fewest players in the Champions League this season among the eight teams left in the competition (20).
    • 35' Baptista fires in a low shot that is well blocked on the edge of the area. A good passage of play here from the hosts.
    • 34' Joaquin breaks free down the right and sends over a deep cross that fails to pick out any of his teammates. A waste from the winger.
    • 33' Real Madrid in control in tonight's other CL quarter final but it's still goalless here. Thoughts so far? Tweet us your views. Tweet us your views
    • 32' Reus clips the free-kick over the wall... a yard or so wide of the far post.
    • 31' Lewandowski spins in behind Weligton who hauls the Pole down. Free-kick right on the edge of the area and a yellow card that means the defender is out of the second leg.
    • 30' LATEST: Real Madrid 2 Galatasaray 0. Benzema makes it two. Real Madrid v Galatasaray: LIVE
    • 29' Corner to Dortmund but it comes to nothing.
    • 28' A lightning break from Dortmund ends with a low cross from the right that almost picks out Grosskreutz, but his near post effort is deflected to safety.
    • 27' Chance for Malaga. Isco seizes possession after a poor pass from Reus and slips the ball into the area for Saviola, but the striker can't sort his feet out and the chance goes begging.
    • 26' Borussia Dortmund have averaged 43.3% possession in the Champions League this season, the lowest ratio among the eight teams left in the competition. It's a surprising stat but one that looks likely to change tonight given the way this game is panning out.
    • 25' And here comes Reus in space, who fires in a thumping shot from 20 yards but it's safe hands from Willy.
    • 24' Dortmund starting to take control here... and Kevin Grosskreutz slips the ball into the back of the net, but the flag is up for offside in the lead up to that chance. That's the correct decision.
    • 23' And here's Lewandowski in space on the left side of the Malaga area, but this time it is his cut back that lacks the necessary quality to pick out a teammate.
    • 22' Lewandowski plays in Marco Reus on the left side of the area but his cut back lacks power and Malaga clear their lines.
    • 21' So far the game has taken on a similar pattern to the one where Malaga outfoxed Porto in the last round. The hosts started slowly and then grew as the half wore on.
    • 20' Not much in this after 20 minutes but Dortmund have carved out two fantastic chances that Goetze has wasted. Worrying for Pellegrini and co.
    • 19' Antunes booked for Malaga.
    • 18' Goetze in again.... another great stop from Willy.
    • 17' More tricky work from Isco on the left side of the area and some appeals for a handball in there, but the ref says no chance.
    • 16' Malaga have won only one of their last five CL games - but it was the crucial 2-0 success over Porto that booked their last eight place.
    • 15' Isco is looking up for this tonight. Already we've seen some twinkling feet from the youngster but he's yet to hit Dortmund where it hurts...
    • 14' STAT ALERT: Borussia Dortmund have never failed to score in the Champions League this season and they should have gone ahead then through Goetze.
    • 13' Lewandowski wins a header that sends Goetze racing clear. The playmaker escapes his marker but sees his tame shot well palmed away by Willy Caballero. It looked offside but the keeper wasn't to know. Great stop.
    • 12' Both teams still feeling their way into this game. But here comes Goetze....
    • 11' Lewandowski tries his luck down the flank but is penalised for an untidy foul. The Pole has been in red-hot form of late with 13 in his last 13 outings for his club.
    • 10' Some hope for Malaga or a sign that Dortmund are the real deal? Borussia Dortmund have only won one of their eight away games in Spain in European competition, back in October 1996 (1-0 v Atletico Madrid). They then went on to win the Champions League.
    • 9' LATEST: Real Madrid 1 Galatasaray 0. Guess who? Yes, that's right, Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid v Galatasaray: LIVE
    • 8' Goetze fakes the shot and then clips a ball into Robert Lewandowski, but his pass is weak and the chance goes begging. The German playmaker should have tried his luck there.
    • 7' Dortmund respond but some resolute defending by Jeremy Toulalan eventually results in a goal kick to the hosts.
    • 6' First chance to Malaga. Great play down the right by Jesus Gamez who teases a ball into the area for Saviola. The little striker weaves in and out before dragging a shot wide at the near post.
    • 5' STAT ALERT: Malaga have never lost at home in European competition (qualifiers excluded): six wins, three draws.
    • 4' Malaga with a lot of the ball in the opening moments but most of their possession has been in their own half.
    • 3' Dortmund's Schmelzer sporting a black mask as expected after breaking his nose at the weekend.
    • 2' Tonight's referee is the Swede, Jonas Eriksson.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Dortmund get the match underway.
    • 19.40 The players are making their way on to the pitch to that iconic Champions League music. Who is going to set one foot in the last four? Can Malaga continue their CL adventure or will the only unbeaten team in this season's competition prevail? We're about to find out!
    • 19.35 The Isco or Goetze debate has drawn some interesting responses on Twitter. @obengmckaay says: "It's very difficult to choose between them. Both are technically gifted but I think Goetze's ability as a playmaker just shades it." Meanwhile, @TinklerGeorge is a big fan of Isco. He says: "I'd have Isco in my team. He has a really strong future ahead of him and he is also very hardworking!"
    • 19.30 Elsewhere in the Champions League tonight, Real Madrid host Galatasaray at the Bernabeu. Kick off is 19.45 UK time and all of the build up can be found here... Real Madrid v Galatasaray: LIVE
    • 19.25 More from Twitter: @optaJoe highlighting how important Goetze is to Dortmund. "6 - Mario Goetze has been involved in six of Dortmund’s last 10 Champions League goals, scoring twice and delivering four assists. Key." What do you think? Would you prefer Isco or Goetze? Tweet us your views now. Isco or Goetze? Tweet us your views NOW
    • 19.18 STAT ALERT: Tonight is the first time the two teams have met. It is also the first time the Spanish outfit have encountered German opposition in Europe.
    • 19.15 As for Jurgen Klopp's thoughts? Well, the Dortmund boss reckons tonight's showdown could go down as one of the highlights of this year's Champions League. He told his pre-match press conference: "There will be good games in these quarter-finals but I think this will be one of the best matches in the competition. The most important game of the season is this one. We want to reach the semi-finals, so let's see what happens."
    • 19.10 More from Twitter: @kopitemacca predicts a 2-1 success for Dortmund and also picks out Reus as the main man. Macca thinks Julio Baptista will be on target for the hosts but has a feeling Reus could cap an eye-catching display with a brace.
    • 19.04 So what's been said in the lead up to what is a massive occasion for both teams? Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini told reporters: "We will try to minimise their strengths while playing to ours. What I do know is that it is so important to get a good result to take into the away leg. This tie will be played over 180 minutes and the first 90 will be played at home, where we have to try to impose ours. However, the outcome will most likely be decided in Dortmund."
    • 19.00 We've already had a good response on Twitter. @max_goddard9 is expecting an end-to-end game with Dortmund emerging as 3-2 victors. He's tipping Robert Lewandowski to snare a brace. @RAsmith28 reckons it will be a close match and says Malaga's hopes of making the last four all rest on tonight's result. He's tipping Reus to be the game's star man, as is @MarshallR95 who believes the German will net the winner in a 1-0 triumph for the visitors.
    • 18.55 Why not share your pre-match predictions? Can Malaga get an all-important first-leg advantage - or are Dortmund too strong? Who will come out in the battle of the wonderkids, Isco or Goetze? Tweet me your views and I'll include the best as the night progresses. Tweet us your pre-match predictions
    • 18.53 Dortmund come into the clash after a hard-fought 2-1 triumph at VFB Stuttgart. However, they remain 20 points adrift of champions-elect Bayern Munich. Bundesliga standings
    • 18.50 Malaga warmed up for this evening's encounter with a 3-1 success at Rayo Vallecano. It brought to an end a run of four league matches without a victory. They are currently fifth in La Liga, one point adrift of the Champions League places. La Liga table
    • 18.45 Malaga make one change from Saturday's win over Rayo Vallecano, with Javier Saviola coming into the line-up to partner Julio Baptista in attack. Marcel Schmelzer lines up for Dortmund despite breaking his nose at Stuttgart and is expected to wear a face mask. Sebastian Kehl also starts after recovering from a rib injury.
    • 18.40 MALAGA: Willy Caballero, Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Joaquin, Isco, Saviola, Baptista... Subs: Kameni, Lugano, Sergio Sanchez, Camacho, Duda, Portillo, Santa Cruz. /// BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Kehl, Goetze, Gundogan, Reus, Lewandowski... Subs: Langerak, Kirch, Bender, Leitner, Sahin, Bittencourt, Schieber.
    • 18.40 Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of tonight's Champions League quarter-final first-leg between Malaga and Borussia Dortmund at the Estadio La Rosaleda.
    • - Borussia Dortmund’s coach Jurgen Klopp refuses to understimate Champions League quarter-final opponents Malaga despite their off-field problems.
    • - Debutants Malaga have toppled European giants AC Milan and Porto on their way to the Champions League quarter-finals and have another former winner in their sights when they host Borussia Dortmund at the Rosaleda.
  • Summary

    • 66' Felipe Santana heads clear but Malaga continue to press and Isco thumps in a piledriver from the edge of the box that Weidenfeller does well to beat to safety.
    • 64' CHANCE for Dortmund. Goetze is played into the area by Reus but his fizzing low drive misses the far post by inches.
    • 48' What a chance! And what a MISS! Goetze races to the left byline and cuts the ball back for Lewandowski who skews his side-footed effort well wide of target. The opener looked inevitable when it fell to the in-form hitman just eight yards from goal.
    • 13' Lewandowski wins a header that sends Goetze racing clear. The playmaker escapes his marker but sees his tame shot well palmed away by Willy Caballero. It looked offside but the keeper wasn't to know. Great stop.
    • 6' First chance to Malaga. Great play down the right by Jesus Gamez who teases a ball into the area for Saviola. The little striker weaves in and out before dragging a shot wide at the near post.
    • 18.40 MALAGA: Willy Caballero, Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Joaquin, Isco, Saviola, Baptista... Subs: Kameni, Lugano, Sergio Sanchez, Camacho, Duda, Portillo, Santa Cruz. /// BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Kehl, Goetze, Gundogan, Reus, Lewandowski... Subs: Langerak, Kirch, Bender, Leitner, Sahin, Bittencourt, Schieber.
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    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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    Manager: Jürgen Klopp

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