Friday 23 March 2018

Dortmund stun Malaga with late late show

(Dortmund win 3-2 on agg)

Borussia Dortmund came back from the dead to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with an unbelievable victory at Westfalenstadion.

The German side looked certain to be knocked out after Eliseu's strike in the 82nd minute made it 2-1 to Malaga and left the hosts needing two goals to progress – last week's first leg ended goalless.

Marco Reus breathed life into Jurgen Klopp's side with a close-range finish in the first minute of stoppage-time and there was even greater drama to come as Dortmund pressed on in search of a third goal, which arrived with seconds remaining as Brazilian defender Felipe Santana (right) scrambled home.

Joaquin's 25th-minute opener for Manuel Pellegrini's visitors was cancelled out by Robert Lewandowski's superbly crafted goal five minutes before the break, but that was mere prelude to the drama – and acrimony – that was to come.

Both Eliseu's strike for Malaga and Santana's winner should have been ruled out for offside, as this memorable contest was tainted by controversy.

Malaga owner Abdullah Thani took to Twitter to vent his fury over the winning goal as four Dortmund players were in offside positions when the ball was launched into the area, and Santana was also in an offside position on the goal-line when he blasted home.

"Thank you very much for the team you have been Champions On the pitch I'm sorry to go out this way injustice and racism," Thani tweeted, adding that he hopes to "open a UEFA investigation" into the finale.

Irish Independent

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