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

Champions League: Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - LIVE!

by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM
Welcome to The Independent's coverage of this semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu...



Benzema scores Real Madrid's first after 83 mins.
by The Independent on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Ramos dares to believe after putting Real within a goal of the final after 89 mins.
by The Independent on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

2-0 was not enough for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo and his side exit the Champions League.
by The Independent on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Jurgen Klopp looks chuffed after just about averting a heart attack.
by The Independent on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu.
    4/30/2013 3:01:15 PM
  • 4/30/2013 3:02:51 PM
  • 4/30/2013 3:07:30 PM
  • We take a closer look at Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp (the new new-Mourinho)...

    This time five years ago, Borussia Dortmund were sitting in 13th place in the Bundesliga table. Only three years previously, they had sat on the edge of financial abyss, only to be pulled back from the brink by a generous loan from FC Bayern and the calm, brilliant leadership of Hans-Joachim Watzke. This time five years ago, Borussia Dortmund were on a painstakingly long road to recovery. The glory days of the nineties seemed but a distant memory, and their return little but a pipe dream.

    To read the full article by Kit Holden, click here.
    4/30/2013 3:16:20 PM
  • The German's are experts in balancing the books (they're not bad at football either)...

    There are strict controls on German clubs' finances. Debt levels are closely monitored by the league to reduce the risk of insolvency. Expensive player transfers are vetoed if they look like they might prove unaffordable. All clubs must submit their financial projections before each season to league accountants before they receive a licence to compete. Points are docked from those who bust their budgets.

    Ben Chu investigates the secrets behind the Bundesliga, click here to read more.
    4/30/2013 3:18:31 PM
  • DID YOU KNOW....

    Real Madrid have conceded 14 goals in the Champions League this season, more than any of the other semi-finalists, while Borussia Dortmund have the best defensive record of the remaining four with just 10 goals against. 

    For more stats - check at The Independent's match preview by clicking here.
    4/30/2013 3:19:36 PM
  • Watch the first-leg highlights/Lewandowski show

    4/30/2013 3:28:21 PM
  • Real Madrid have actually turned over a 4-1 first leg defeat before - back in 1975. In that match the opponents were Derby County, and Archie Gemmill who played in the game at the Bernabeu recounts where they might have gone wrong...

    We arrived two days before the game and we had time to do some sightseeing. It would be more professional now. There would be no walking around the city for hours; you would be resting up in the hotel getting a massage.

    Read the full story by clicking here.
    4/30/2013 4:45:11 PM
  • This guy was in attendance at Dortmund's training session at the Bernabeu yesterday. Something tells me he's quite a big fan. However, reports that he left a beach towel on one of the seats have gone unconfirmed.

    4/30/2013 5:09:00 PM
  • The teams for tonight are out - and unlike Sir Alex Ferguson - Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp have both to do something crazy and start their most famous players in the biggest game of their respective seasons...

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski start - as we fully expected. It's like their just rubbing it in Wayne Rooney's face.

    Borussia Dortmund starting XI: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Bender, Gundogan, Gotze, Reus, Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski.

    Real Madrid starting XI: Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Essien, Modric, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Higuain.

    4/30/2013 6:03:52 PM
  • I asked you a question earlier - do you think Real Madrid can make a comeback.

    Well - incredibly, it's perfectly split between the four options available. It would seem while 25 per cent of you think Real have 'no chance' - just as many think  'they'll beat Dortmund in style'. Certainly a more optimistic outlook than I would have expected.
    4/30/2013 6:16:51 PM
  • Smiley...

    4/30/2013 6:20:03 PM
  • Klopp's downturned mouth Mourinho impression...

    4/30/2013 6:20:40 PM
  • Thoughtful...

    4/30/2013 6:20:55 PM
  • A bit like Mourinho 10 years ago - everyone seems to love Jurgen Klopp - or 'Kloppo'. Just like the Special One he knows how to work a press conference - but rather than take my word for it, check out this series of pics showing his many sides...

    4/30/2013 6:21:15 PM
  • It's been a lovely sunny day, summer is finally here and we have a night of Champions League football ahead - what could possibly spoil the evening? Ah - Roy Keane's just come on ITV.
    4/30/2013 6:31:31 PM
  • Adrian Chiles ask Roy Keane if Real Madrid can do it. Here's his inspired, articulate answer...


    4/30/2013 6:32:21 PM
  • Assuming Dortmund progress tonight, can't see a problem with this outfit. However, if they get knocked out, she's going to feel really silly travelling home. Five minutes to kick off.

    4/30/2013 6:39:00 PM
  • The Independent's Pete Jenson is at the Bernabeu for us tonight. Possibly headbanging...

    4/30/2013 6:42:26 PM
  • We have a winner in our poll - 30 per cent of you think Real will progress tonight on away goals. Not so sure myself - but would be a special night if they did.
    4/30/2013 6:43:41 PM
  • A 4-1 win for Dortmund in the first leg means not man are giving Real Madrid a chance. But then this is a Real side managed by Jose Mourinho - a man that (reportedly) hides in laundry baskets to give his side an advantage and would (reportedly) send his own dog to St Tropez to keep it from the clutches of the police. Nothing should be ruled out.
    4/30/2013 6:44:20 PM
  • 1 min: We're off...
    4/30/2013 6:45:42 PM
  • 3 min: Everyone's been saying Real need to do something special to win this - and it looks like Di Maria's been listening. He tries walloping it from about 40 yards. The only person who thought that was special was the person who got whacked in the face in Row Z though.
    4/30/2013 6:48:02 PM
  • 6 min: CLOSE! Higuain should have scored. Some great stuff from the 'worst signing of the year' Luka Modric puts the Real striker in on goal but one-on-one he hits it at the keeper. Then Di Maria has another go. This one goes to Row ZZ.
    4/30/2013 6:50:26 PM
  • 9 min: Real Madrid win a couple of corners - their second and third of the match already. It's cleared away by Dortmund but excellent start by Real Madrid as Ronaldo flashes the ball over the bar.
    4/30/2013 6:53:45 PM
  • 13 min: Higuain with a decent chance with a header there. Just for your info, the ref tonight is Howard Webb (at least there's some English representation! LOL!). He's going to have a tough one - the Real fans are demanding a foul if someone sneezes at the moment.
    4/30/2013 6:57:30 PM
  • 14 min: Lewandowski with a great swivel and shot. Then in a flash Ronaldo is at the other end smashing it into the chest of goalkeeper Weidenfeller. How has there not been a goal yet?
    4/30/2013 6:59:14 PM
  • 16 min: ...I repeat - HOW has there not been a goal yet!!! Ozil with all the time in the world when in on goal and somehow he puts it wide. Genuinely, Real could have scored three already. As it stands - they have none - which isn't much help.
    4/30/2013 7:00:40 PM
  • Ozil in action for Real.

    4/30/2013 7:02:14 PM
  • 20 min: Ronaldo drags his shot wide. And then has a look around to see who he can blame. By the way, Gotze had to go off earlier with an injury - he was replaced by Grosskreutz. While the Dortmund fans may not like the Bayern bound player, that's still a blow for the away side.
    4/30/2013 7:05:40 PM
  • 25 min: Dortmund get forward and provide Real Madrid with a reminder that this team thrashed the Spaniards only a few days away. Lewandowski just can't quite connect to a cross with his head.
    4/30/2013 7:09:35 PM
  • 27 min: Ozil with a great run down the wing before cutting inside and giving the ball to Higuain. The Argentine whacks a shot at goal but it hits Ronaldo. CR7 then looks around to see who he can blame.
    4/30/2013 7:11:30 PM
  • 30 min: A couple of strong tackles have been going in the last few minutes. Now, if the ref was from the continent, I would fully be expecting to see a shock red card coming out. However, it's Howard Webb officiating. Shame. A red card for Dortmund would really spice things up.
    4/30/2013 7:14:43 PM
  • No idea what's going on here...

    4/30/2013 7:16:03 PM
  • 34 min: Ramos with a good old fashioned hoof out of defence there. Wish he or one of his team-mates would hoof it into the goal and get this tie going again. After a great start for the home side, Dortmund have really got a foothold now.
    4/30/2013 7:18:58 PM
  • 40 min: Jose Mourinho out in the technical area, possibly humming 'The Great Escape'. Real probing but not really getting in on goal, while Dortmund look an increasing threat on the break.
    4/30/2013 7:24:42 PM
  • 42 min: Real fans incensed at the cheek of giving offside against their team. And even more incensed at Dortmund taking their time to take the free-kick. I wouldn't want to be on the Bernabeu catering staff at half-time - a bit slow with the half-time pint and they'll probably throw it back in their face.
    4/30/2013 7:26:59 PM
  • 44 min: Think there was a general feeling that Real needed to score at least one before the break to give themselves a chance. Well, they've only got a couple of minutes before we're forced to re-write the script.
    4/30/2013 7:29:07 PM
  • 45 + 1 min: Ronaldo with a great surging run which forces Bender to bring him down. Last chance of the half...
    4/30/2013 7:31:06 PM
  • 45 + 2 min: CR7 steps up himself to take the free-kick. And that one will still be going until after I finish this sentence.
    4/30/2013 7:32:05 PM
  • HT: Howard Webb blows for half-time...
    4/30/2013 7:32:43 PM
  • HT: It might be 0-0 at the break, but this game has been far from boring. And based on that I still wouldn't rule out a comeback by Real Madrid in the second half (well, at least not entirely).
    4/30/2013 7:34:41 PM
  • 4/30/2013 7:34:56 PM
  • HT: In the first 15 minutes - Real could have had the three goals they need. However, they scored none and Dortmund grew in stature as it went on. If Mourinho can gee them up at half-time and get that same intensity as at the start of the first-half, this could get interesting.
    4/30/2013 7:36:59 PM
  • Standing dangerously close to a sprinkler, Roy Keane gives his first-half assessment...

    Real Madrid were fantastic in the first 15 minutes but they had to take one or two of those chances.

    The angriest man in Britain (and currently the Bernabeu) goes on to suggest Real will regret those misses at the end of the match.
    4/30/2013 7:40:18 PM
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