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UEFA Champions League: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid: Live Open Thread

An open thread for tonight's second UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg, as Real Madrid travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund

Denis Doyle

Following last night's defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Barcelona are all but eliminated from the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League; although La Liga can still dream of a place in the final as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund. Los Blancos are favourites to progress over the two legs of this tie, but are likely to find it tough at the Signal Iduna Park; especially if the group stage is anything to go by. Jurgen Klopp's side were undefeated against the Galacticos in the group of death after all. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho tends to react after a defeat - as Barcelona fans can attest - he's likely to have constructed a detailed game-plan specifically for the threat that Dortmund pose. Will it be enough to win Real Madrid this tie and ultimately earn them a shot at La Decima? Or will Dortmund be able to (probably) make it an all-German affair in this year's final at Wembley?


Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Roman Weidenfeller; Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Marcel Schmelzer; Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus; Robert Lewandowski

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Gonzalo Higuain

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