12 April 2013
Real Madrid's rival in the Champions League semi-finals has been announced after the draw at midday today in Nyon (Switzerland). They will face Borussia Dortmund for a place in the final on 25 May at Wembley (London). The Whites will play the first leg on 24 April at the Signal Iduna Park and the return leg on the 30th of the same month at the Santiago Bernabeu. In the event that they qualify, the team led by Jose Mourinho will play as the local side in the clash against the winner of the Bayern-Barcelona match.
The squad’s Champions League run is inversely proportional to its Bundesliga season; with six fixtures until the end of the season Dortmund has lost all options to win the title. Yet the German side has yet to lose a game in Europe’s top competition and has won all five home games disputed. One of those matches was against Real Madrid, who has already faced off twice against Dortmund this Champions League season (2-1 in the Signal Iduna Park and 2-2 in the Bernabeu). Dortmund outperformed Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16 (2-2 in Ucrania and 2-0 in Germany) and after an agonizing clash secured their spot in the semi-finals in the injury time of Tuesday’s match against Malaga. The team strengthened their ranks during the winter transfer window with Real player Nuri Sahin, and with six goals Lewandovski is Dortmund’s top scorer. Grosskreutz is a maybe for the upcoming semi-finals.
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