Champions League: Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid - LIVE!

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by The Independent on Apr 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of this Champions League semi-final first leg between last season's champions of Germany and Spain.

Follow all the latest news and build-up below...



  • Much of the pre-match focus has been on Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze, who it was revealed yesterday, has agreed to join Bayern Munich in a massive £31.5m deal.

    4/24/2013 1:18:06 PM
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  • The Independent's Kevin Garside looks at what tonight's result could mean to  Jose Mourinho...

    The idea of Real Madrid progressing while Barca do not will give Jose Mourinho immense satisfaction, not to mention simplify the challenge should his team progress.
    To read the full article, click here.
    4/24/2013 3:50:45 PM
  • Jose Mourinho speaks to the press ahead of tonight's game...

    I combat anxiety by never having it.

    Let those who
    have anxiety worry about how to deal with it.
    I don't have it. It's
    another game, a big one that can take us to the final but it's another
    game.

    The Independent's Pete Jenson was in attendance, click here to read more.
    4/24/2013 3:52:30 PM
  • Dortmund and Real have already met twice this season. In the first match back in October, the German side prevailed 2-1...

    4/24/2013 3:54:02 PM
  • In the next match in November at the Bernabeu, Jose Mourinho's side needed a late equaliser to make the score 2-2. Dortmund went on to top their group...

    4/24/2013 3:54:44 PM
  • DID YOU KNOW...

    • Borussia Dortmund have only won one of their six competitive encounters with Real Madrid (D3, L2).

    However...

    • Dortmund have the best defensive record of the sides left in the competition with nine goals conceded this season.

    For The Independent's full match preview to tonight's game, click here.


    4/24/2013 4:08:36 PM
  • Real Madrid's main threat will of course be Cristiano Ronaldo. Check out why Dortmund have got much to fear...

    4/24/2013 4:14:38 PM
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  • We know all about the strengths of Mourinho's Madrid army, so here are some of the best bits from Dortmund's Champions League campaign so far...

    4/24/2013 5:30:09 PM
  • Dortmund are the only unbeaten team in this year's tournament. Will yesterday's revelations about Mario Gotze be enough to throw them off course?
    4/24/2013 5:41:21 PM
  • Mourinho - being Mourinho - announced his starting XI for tonight's match 24 hours early. Dortmund's team news should be out shortly..

    Real Madrid: López, Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Coentrão, Alonso, Khedira, María, Özil, Ronaldo, Higuaín
    4/24/2013 5:49:21 PM
  • The teams are out.....

    Dortmund have a fully fit squad to choose from and they stick with Gotze in spite of yesterday's ill timed announcement. He is their best player after all..

    No surprises from on the Madrid side either because, as we know, Mourinho already ruined the surprise.


    Borussia Dortmund:
    Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Gotze, Reus, Błaszczykowski; Lewandowski
    Subs: Langerak, Felipe Santana, Leitner, Sahin, Grosskreutz, Schieber

    Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Modric, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain
    Subs:
    Casillas, Albiol, Nacho, Kaka, Callejón, Di Maria, Benzema
    4/24/2013 6:01:58 PM
  • Lewandowski has an impressive 23 goals in 27 appearances this season while Higuain has a slightly less prolific 15 in 24.

    Both players will spearhead their respective attacks tonight and, if rumour mills have any truth, they could be teammates at Manchester City next season having been linked with a big £50m 'double swoop' to the sky blues..
    4/24/2013 6:20:59 PM
  • If my command of the German language stands up, this is a banner calling for 'Gotze out'. Clearly no love lost for the attacking midfielder.

    4/24/2013 6:25:26 PM
  • The teams are coming out the tunnel and the atmosphere in The Independent's High St Kensington office is buzzing.
    4/24/2013 6:42:04 PM
  • The atmosphere in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion looks just is good, if not better, as Dortmund bid to reach their first Champions League final since 1997.
    4/24/2013 6:45:09 PM
  • And we're off.. Real Madrid get the game underway.
    4/24/2013 6:45:55 PM
  • 4 minutes: German international Khedira gives away the first free-kick of the game in the Madrid half but Dortmund's efforts come to nothing..
    4/24/2013 6:51:10 PM
  • CHANCE (6 minutes) Lewandowski breaks and cuts across the Madrid defence into the area. The striker draws a good save from the Madrid keeper and Dortmund miss the rebound..
    4/24/2013 6:53:26 PM
  • GOAL! (8 minutes) It's Lewandowski.. The striker shrugs off the attempts of Pepe and pokes home Gotze's inch-perfect cross. Perfect start for the Germans.
    4/24/2013 6:54:03 PM
  • 16 minutes: Real Madrid have tried to get a foot back in the game after an intense few minutes from the Germans. Higuain is flagged offside in a Madrid attack and the pace of the game slows down after several fouls in midfield.
    4/24/2013 7:01:49 PM
  • 17 minutes: Real Madrid try to slow the game down by playing the ball across the back four but the hungry Dortmund midfield dispossess and attempt an attack down the right.
    4/24/2013 7:03:35 PM
  • 18 minutes: Błaszczykowski delivers a cross from the right but Madrid deal with the threat and play the ball clear.
    4/24/2013 7:05:02 PM
  • 22 minutes: Madrid have not asserted themselves in the game yet but Alonso, Ronaldo, Kehdira and co are beginning to keep hold of possession in midfield
    4/24/2013 7:08:07 PM
  • 23 minutes: Ronaldo lining up one of his special free kicks after Bendler handles the ball.. It dips, it swerves but it is matched by Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal.
    4/24/2013 7:09:00 PM
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  • 27 minutes: Madrid enjoying their own spell of pressure now. Ronaldo has been kept under wraps but he has been given two quick free kick opportunites in succession. Dortmund need to be careful as the fouls are starting to rack up..
    4/24/2013 7:14:15 PM
  • 28 minutes: Ronaldo delivers in another free-kick from outside the area but his whipped cross is emphatically punched clear by the Dortmund shot-stopper.
    4/24/2013 7:15:16 PM
  • 32 minutes: Błaszczykowski beats Coentrao easily down the right and surges down the touchline but the winger is ushered out of play by Higuain who sticks to his man well.
    4/24/2013 7:18:39 PM
  • 38 minutes: Have to hand it to Dortmund. they are extremely well organised and Madrid are finding them difficult to break down. The club have come a long way since being on the brink of administration in 2005.
    4/24/2013 7:24:57 PM
  • 39 minutes: Coentrao twists and turns inside the area but send his cross astray and out of play.
    4/24/2013 7:25:54 PM
  • 41 minutes: Massive appeals from the Germans after Reus falls inside the Madrid area.. No penalty.
    4/24/2013 7:28:08 PM
  • GOAL! (42 minutes): An easy finish for Cristiano Ronaldo. 40 seconds after Dortumnd's penalty appeals are turned down Madrid break down the right and Ronaldo is left to slot the ball into the empty net as the ball played across goal. Pivotal moment in the tie.
    4/24/2013 7:30:15 PM
  • 45 minutes: Whistles from the home supporters after Ronaldo's goal. Rightly so. Madrid draw level in a tie that Dortmund deserve to be winning.
    4/24/2013 7:31:50 PM
  • Half-time: All square. Dortmund have dominated the first period but Mourinho will be the happier of the two managers after his side's plucky goal minutes before the break.
    4/24/2013 7:33:10 PM
  • The non-penalty incident which will leave Dortmund fans spitting feathers over their half-time Schnitzel.

    4/24/2013 7:44:37 PM
  • The teams are coming back onto the pitch. No change for either sides. Mourinho might be more inclined to shake things up because, in spite of the breakaway goal, his side have struggled to get a hold of the game and have been undone in midfield by Dortmund's youngsters.
    4/24/2013 7:48:33 PM
  • 46 minutes: Dortmund straight on the attack from the kick-off but Madrid hit back through Ramos down the right before the Spaniard gives away a foul for a raised boot.
    4/24/2013 7:50:30 PM
  • 48 minutes: A massive Madrid goal kick nearly find Ozil down the other end of the field. Remiscent of Jose Chivalert, the Paraguayan free-kick taking keeper.
    4/24/2013 7:53:08 PM
  • GOAL! (50 minutes): It's Lewandowski again. Reus plays a cutting ball through the Madrid defence that finds the striker. Madrid defenders are all stood with their arms in appeal for offisde but Lewandowski turns and prods the ball past Lopez into the bottom right corner.
    4/24/2013 7:53:29 PM
  • 53 minutes: Khedira shown a yellow card. Interestingly, every player in the starting team has a clean disciplinary slate..
    4/24/2013 7:58:32 PM
  • HAT-TRICK LEWANDOWSKI (55 minutes): It's that man again. Smashes the ball past Lopez after dispossessing and turning Pepe to create the smallest of spaces to fire home.
    4/24/2013 7:59:22 PM
  • 57 minutes: That's seven goals the Germans have put past Barcelona and Madrid over the last two evenings. Surely some kind of irrelevant record there? Are we witnessing a shift in the power of European football?
    4/24/2013 8:03:31 PM
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