Dortmund defeat Malaga in dramatic Champions League match

Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund’s Felipe Santana broke Malaga hearts with his winner in injury time to claim a 3-2 victory in the Champions League quarter-finals second leg football match.

After a goalless first leg, Dortmund were in need of a victory to progress into the semi-finals whereas Malaga needed a draw or a victory to advance, reports Xinhua.

It looked like a decisive goal when Malaga’s Eliseu Pereira dos Santos made it 2-1 in the 82nd minute. However, Dortmund turned things around within two minutes to shock the visitors from Spain.

Both sides staged a slow start but with 15 minutes into the match Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski approached Malaga’s goal with a lob over the bar.

The hosts controlled the proceeding on the pitch but it were the visitors that opened the scoring against the run of play when Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez danced through Dortmund defence to curl the ball from 18 metres into the bottom right corner with 25 minutes into the match.

Dortmund piled on the pressure and responded five minutes before the break as Lewandowski utilised Marco Reus’s back heel pass to slot home into an open goal.

After the break Dortmund again dictated the proceedings but were unable to grab the lead.

Goals were scored at the other end of the pitch as Eliseu Pereira dos Santos finished a counter out of the blue to make it 2-1.

It looked like an early knockout but Dortmund kept it didn’t lose hope and overpowered the visitors in the closing minutes. The hosts pressed Malaga into their own territory to make it 2-2 with a minute into the additional time.

However, Dortmund were able to turn around a nearly impossible deficit as Felipe Santana tapped in the ball from very close range to secure his side a berth in the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-2 win on aggregate.

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