Champions League 2013 Semifinal Summary | Dortmund and Bayern Munich Advance


The final 4 teams of the UEFA Champions League produced the following aggregate home and away results:

Borussia Dortmund 4 – Real Madrid 3:

Dortmund, located in northwest Germany, hosted Read Madrid in the first leg. The German side was a big underdog in this one against the Spanish giants. While Madrid controlled most of the possession, Dortmund had better chances and more shots on goal. Robert Lewandowski scored a goal for Dortmund in the first half and Madrid’s star Cristiano Ronaldo tied the game just before half time. Lewandowski took over the Spanish defense and notched three more goals in the second half. Dortmund won 4-1. Reus also played well for Dortmund and earned a penalty kick that Lewandowski blasted through the goal for the decisive win.

Leg 2 in Madrid got off to an interesting start as Real created good chances. They were unable to punch it in and Dortmund answered with counter attacks. Dortmund glanced a shot of the post and the Spanish goal keeper Lopez made brilliant saves to keep Madrid alive. With just 8 minutes remaining Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema rocketed a goal in the net to give the team hope. A second goal off of a clever Sergio Ramos score put the Madrid crowd in a frenzy. Madrid had just two minutes plus injury time to get the last goal. Due to away goal rules, one more goal would have given Madrid the win, even though it would have been 4-4 on aggregate. Dortmund fended off a couple of chances and held on for the monumental victory. The loss for Madrid likely sent well known coach Jose Mourinho packing.

Bayern Munich 7 – Barcelona 0:

This was supposed to be a great battle between the Spanish champs of La Liga and the German champs of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich simply dominated Barcelona home and away. The first match in Munich kicked off with a goal by Thomas Muller in the 25 minute. Barcelona seemed to be in the game until the second half when Gomez, Muller and Robben netted goals to shock the Catalan legends. Although Barcelona out possessed Bayern Munich, the Germans had many good scoring chances and played excellent defense. Barcelona was unable to penetrate the Bayern defense in contrast to how Barcelona typically slices and dices most teams. Bayern played confidently and proved to be ready for a trip to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

Barcelona’s diminutive magician, FIFA player of the year for 4 years in a row, Lionel Messi, did not play in the second leg due to injury. He was sorely missed but it was doubtful that he could have helped put a dent in the Bayern machine. Bayern Munich kept Barcelona out of the goal and poured it on in the second half with goals by Robben and Muller. The emphatic 3-0 win put Bayern back in the final to redeem themselves after last year’s overtime loss to England’s Chelsea in Munich. The bad losses by Barcelona leave many wondering if it is the end of an era.

Looking Ahead to the European Champions League Final 2013 – Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund

Two German teams made the final for the first time in European Cup and UEFA Champions League history dating back to 1955! The fact that the top German teams beat the top Spanish teams speaks to the high skill level of soccer in Germany and the strength of the German Bundesliga league in recent times. Although Spain, England, and Italy have dominated the Champions League since 2004, Bayern Munich is making a case for being a heavyweight. The iconic German club has reached the final in 3 of the last four years.

It’s Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Stay tuned for a preview of the final.

-Bourke MacDonald

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