Football: Dortmund bow out despite beating Real Madrid 2-0
Published on Apr 9, 2014 4:58 AM
DORTMUND (AFP) - Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League with their heads held high on Tuesday, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in their quarter-final second leg but losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate.
Having been beaten 3-0 in last Wednesday's first leg in Madrid, Dortmund ultimately gave themselves too much to do, but their coach Jurgen Klopp delivered on his pre-match promise that his side would bow out with an improved performance.
Cristiano Ronaldo was only on the Madrid bench because of a niggling knee injury so Angel Di Maria stepped up into the visitors' attack and the Argentine had an early penalty saved before Dortmund's Marco Reus breathed life into Borussia's semi-final dreams with two goals in an electric opening 45 minutes.
Home fans had been praying for something like a repeat of last season's 4-1 victory over Real at the Westfalenstadion in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, a tie the Budnesliga club went on to win.
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