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April 3, 2013 9:45 PM EAT
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 28548‎
 
Top of the Match
Willy Caballero
Willy Caballero
Malaga
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund
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Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Borussia Dortmund

Malaga 0-0 Borussia Dortmund: Gotze guilty as visitors rue missed chances

The Andalucians rode their luck a little on their way to an entertaining tie in front of their own fans, but were helped by BVB's ineptitude in front of the net to take a draw

By Daniel Edwards

Toulalan y Subotic, durante el Málaga-Borussia Dortmund
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There were chances aplenty in La Rosaleda but no goals, as Malaga held Borussia Dortmund to a 0-0 draw that means their dream of going all the way in the Champions League stays very much intact.

Jurgen Klopp's men wasted ample opportunities to take a healthy lead from the first leg of this quarter-final, Mario Gotze one of the prime culprits, and will be disappointed to go back to Germany with the tie still on a knife-edge.

Buoyant after downing Porto to advance to the quarter-finals, Malaga were determined to keep their Champions League fairytale alive and came out in aggressive fashion against the German champions. Javier Saviola had an excellent early chance for the hosts; played in with a lovely flicked pass from Joaquin, the Argentine turned well in the box but could not find the target as he slammed into the side netting.

Despite pressure at the start from the Andalucians, it was Dortmund who posed the bigger threat as they attacked fluidly on the counter. A long ball was flicked on by Robert Lewandowski into the path of Mario Gotze, who easily broke the offside trap and advanced on Wilfred Caballero before being denied by the keeper. The young No.10 had a similarly golden chance just minutes later, once more failing to beat the veteran shot-stopper after being fed by Marco Reus.

The first half developed in frantic fashion, with both teams looking to open the scoring. The next BVB man to curse his luck in front of the net was Kevin Grosskreutz, who spurned a wonderful opportunity after 29 minutes. The midfielder was in the right place to slot Lukas Piszczek's low cross home after more intelligent approach play from Lewandowski, but with Caballero scrambling to cover his left post the shot slipped wide, sparing Malaga.

The Boquerones also threatened in front of their own fans, most notably with a corner that required a sterling Dortmund effort to keep the ball out. Weligton's initial header was well-saved by Roman Weidenfeller, but the rebound was steered towards the empty net and it was Gotze who popped up at the far post to head away from danger.

Following the entertainment of the first half, it was no surprise to see Dortmund charge straight back on to the offensive when the game recommenced. Gotze's pull-back took a substantial deflection in the box, steering it into the path of Lewandowski, who looked destined to score. The Poland international's usually razor-sharp instincts in front of goal failed him, however, and the result was a pathetic scuffed effort that once more let Malaga off the hook.

Gotze was guilty of missing a couple of glorious efforts before the break, and the playmaker's rotten luck continued as another shot failed to hit the mark. Streaking through to meet a well-placed ball, Mario had little angle to aim at but would still have been disappointed not to test Caballero as his shot flew past the right-hand post to keep the score level. At the other end, meanwhile, Isco appeared with a thundering half-volley that required Weidenfeller to send the ball away with his fists.

Malaga and Dortmund continued to press until the very final whistle, but despite hatfuls of excellent chances for both teams across the clash, there was no separating the two combatants as time was called on an entertaining goal-less draw.

BVB will welcome Malaga for the second leg of the quarter-final clash in Signal Iduna Park, on April 9.


Malaga

13
Willy Caballero
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
Jesús Gámez
Defender
3.00
3
Weligton
Defender
31′
3.00
26
2.50
-
Antunes
Defender
19′
3.50
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
3.50
8
3.00
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
77′
3.00
23
Isco
Midfielder
87′
2.50
30
3.00
19
Júlio Baptista
Midfielder
76′
2.50

Borussia Dortmund

3.50
1
3.00
4
3.00
26
3.00
5
2.50
29
2.50
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
80′
3.00
8
2.50
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder
92′
3.00
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
69′
3.00
19
2.00
9

Substitutes

1
Carlos Kameni
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
21
 - 
6
Camacho
Midfielder
 - 
17
Duda
Midfielder
87′
0.00
9
0.00
27
Portillo
Midfielder
68′
0.00

Substitutes

 - 
20
0.00
21
Oliver Kirch
Midfielder
92′
0.00
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
80′
 - 
8
Moritz Leitner
Midfielder
 - 
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
 - 
32
0.00
23

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