UEFA Champions League: Madrid v/s Dortmund

It would be one of the most anticipated matches of all times in the UEFA Champions league. The Spanish Giants, Real Madrid taking on a relatively young side from Germany, Borussia Dortmund, in the Semi final ties for the Road to Wembley.

Real Madrid would have had the edge right before the start of the first leg, but Borussia had other plans. Polish International Robert Lawondoski scored four times in the match to give BVB the edge over their Spanish rivals. Although Cristiano Ronaldo‘s one away goal meant Madrid needed 3 goals on their home turf to book their place in the Finale.

The second leg kicked off with a jam packed Bernbeu Stadium echoing the chants of Madrid fans. Motivated by the fantastic atmosphere, Jose Mourinho‘s boys went all guns blazing.

The star studded Madrid side led by Sergio Ramos were constantly threatening the German goal. Ronaldo had many attempts which were on target but they were all denied by the German Captain and goalie Weidenfeller.

The half time whistle blew at 0-0 at it was a relief for Dortmund. They perhaps had placed one foot in the Final.

The second half began with a different Dortmund side. They were on the attack but thanks to Lopez, the Madrid goalkeeper, Lopez, the score line remained 0-0.

Madrid had to change something and with almost an hour remaining Mourinho replaced a dissapointing Higuain with the French forward Karim Benzema.

With Kaka and Benzema on field Madrid now looked strong to keep Dortmund at bay and win a stunner, but Lewondowski, the first leg hero, was making the Spanish side lose their cool.

But the fans delight came in the 83rd minute when Karim Benzema hit the back of the nets on a wonderful pass from Ozil. This was certainly a ray of hope for Madrid who were still in search for 2 more goals.

Now a Madrid comeback was much anticipated when the captain Ramos put the ball in the roof of the goal to make it 2-0 in favour of the Madridstas.

Sergio Ramos raised the hopes for Madrid but could not take his team to Wembley.

With 5 minutes of stoppage time added it seemed that Madrid will pull off a  stunner but Borussia hung on to the pressure and it was a win for the German side by just a whisker of margins. 3-4 the final aggregate score favoured the yellow jersey.

This would go down in History as Real’s exit from Semi final stage for the third season on the trot. But on the other side with this win, Jurgen Klopp, the team manager of Burussia , is now a hero back in Germany.

See the Pop du Klopp video here:

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Italy’s Winning Streak over the Germans Continue.

The Heavyweight Germans, with Mario Gomez, Mesut Oezil, Philip Lahm, Lukas Podolski and many others were looking favorites for the Euro 2012 Title. They had won all round robin games and the quarter-final pretty convincingly. But Mario Balotelli’s perfection along with Antono Cassano’s creativity saw the Germans losing to the Azurris eighth time consecutively in competitive tournaments.

The new Entry to The champions on this blog is Mario Balotelli for his two goals in the Semi Final against Deutsche.

Balotelli opens for Italy in the SF at EURO 2012
Nuer is left immobile. Image courtesy: The Hindu

The 21 year old Manchester City striker disturbed the net twice in quick succession to give Italy the upper hand. The German Defense was left shattered by Balotelli’s pace and control of the ball. The Italians are running to the finale as dark horses beating the Mighty English and Germans. Is Spain their next target? Let’s see on the Final day of Euro 2012.