Borussia Dortmund face AS Monaco in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, aiming to overcome their 3-2 first-leg deficit and write a new chapter in the club's history.
Before the action commences, bundesliga.com takes you back to four of the most glorious pages BVB have already tucked away in the archives from some of the most thrilling European games ever.
That Ricken lob - Dortmund 3-1 Juventus
Ottmar Hitzfeld's men shone brighter than their garish luminous yellow shirts in Munich's Olympiastadion to beat a formidable Juve side, the reigning champions. The spine of the team was — ironically — made up of former Juve players Julio César, Jürgen Kohler, Paulo Sousa and Andreas Möller, and the winning habit they had formed with the bianconeri was essential to the epic semi-final success over Manchester United.
Despite Karl-Heinz Riedle's brace, the star of the final was Lars Ricken. A Dortmund-born lad, who had only come off the bench a minute earlier, broke clear 19 minutes from time and caught Angelo Peruzzi unawares with a lob from distance to help BVB scale to the summit of European football.
The tale of Santana's toe - Dortmund 3-2 Malaga
1/4-final 2nd leg 12/13
After a goalless draw in the first leg in Spain, Malaga twice took the lead to leave BVB's ambitions of a semi-final spot hanging by a thread. Even when Marco Reus netted a minute into added time, the La Liga outfit were heading through. But with nearly 66,000 still believing, Reus sent the ball into the six-yard box where — after some penalty box pinball — Santana prodded him from almost on the goalline.
"Actually half of the team didn't believe in the possibility of winning," said the Brazilian centre-back, pushed into a makeshift centre-forward role by coach Jürgen Klopp. "I have never been in a situation like that, scoring the decisive goal, but I didn't need to be a striker to score that goal."
Lewy rips Real apart - Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid
1/2-final 1st leg 12/13
Maybe Santana did not have to be a forward by trade to take Dortmund into the last four, but to reach the final, they needed the sharpest of sharpshooters.
"When we know everything about him and we lose him in three goals it's disappointing," said Madrid boss Jose Mourinho of gunslinger supreme Robert Lewandowski after an historic four-goal display from Dortmund's Poland international. "Of course the boy deserves credit for what he did but we gave him big support to be man of the match."
The Madrid back four, which featured Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Raphael Varane, might not have had their best night, but Lewandowski was simply unplayable to become the first man to score four times in a Champions League semi-final and net a hat-trick against the esteemed Merengue.
'That was surreal' - Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw
Group Stage 16/17
"That was surreal. I've never experienced something like that," said a bewildered Thomas Tuchel after seeing his team and their Polish opponents set a new record for goals scored in a Champions League game. Incredibly, Legia went in front before three goals in as many minutes — two from Shinji Kagawa and one from Nuri Sahin — gave BVB a lead they never relinquished, and instead, kept on building on it.
They were 5-2 up at half-time, 6-2 shortly after it with Reus claiming his second of the night before a rash of three goals in the final nine minutes left everyone rubbing their eyes in disbelief and Tuchel needing to find words of comfort for at least one member of his team. "I felt sorry for Roman Weidenfeller," the BVB boss said referring to his downcast goalkeeper, all too often left to fend for himself as his team-mates cavaliered upfield. "We have to put right our mistakes."