Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage despite a heroic performance that saw Jürgen Klopp’s side beat Real Madrid CF 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday evening.

Angel Di Maria’s first-half penalty was saved by Roman Weidenfeller, before a Marco Reus brace gave Dortmund a two-goal lead going into half-time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck the post in the second half, but the Spanish giants held on to gain revenge for last season’s semi-final defeat.

Let-off for BVB

With his side trailing 3-0 from the first leg in Madrid a week ago, Jürgen Klopp made five changes from the team that beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Weidenfeller, Milos Jojic, Oliver Kirch, Manuel Friedrich and Erik Durm all included in the starting line-up at a rain-soaked Signal Iduna Park. After a quiet opening quarter of an hour, Real were given an opportunity to increase their aggregate lead when Lukasz Piszczek was adjudged to have handled Fabio Coentrao’s cross inside the penalty area.

Up stepped Di Maria, but the Argentine international’s effort was saved by Weidenfeller to the delight of the partisan home crowd. Buoyed by the keeper’s heroics, Dortmund went within a whisker of taking the lead on the night just two minutes later. Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg through suspension, hooked the ball into the path of Reus inside the box, who laid the ball off to an unmarked Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian failed to hit the target from close range.

Reus gives Dortmund hope

BVB didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal, however, as Reus capitalised on Pepe's under-hit header to round Iker Casillas before steering the ball into the unguarded net. Sensing blood, Dortmund pushed forward and almost had a second when Mats Hummels’ header was tipped over by Casillas. Reus then intercepted Asier Illarramendi’s pass in midfield, before squaring the ball to Lewandowski on the edge of the box. The Polish international was denied by the woodwork, but Reus was on hand to slam home the rebound, further reducing the deficit eight minutes before the break.

Real started the second half more brightly and Weidenfeller was forced to save at the feet of Gareth Bale three minutes after the restart, before the former Tottenham Hotspur FC star forced the 33-year-old into another fine stop with a rasping effort from 20 yards. Di Maria then tried his luck from a similar position, but his shot flew high over Weidenfeller’s crossbar.

So close, yet so far…

Bale was becoming increasingly influential as the game progressed and the Welsh winger fired another shot just wide of the far post just before the hour-mark. Mats Hummels then had to be at full stretch to deny Benzema with a superb last-ditch tackle after the Frenchman had rounded Weidenfeller, before Mkhitaryan followed suit at the other end, only to see his shot hit the outside of the post, to the groans of the home faithful.

A third Dortmund goal would have sent the tie into extra-time, and Casillas had to be on his toes to save from Mkhitaryan and Großkreutz as the hosts piled forward. BVB were visibly tiring in the closing stages, however, and although Klopp threw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on with ten minutes to go, it wasn’t enough as Real advanced to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition at the Schwarz-Gelben’s expense.


Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Friedrich, Hummels, Durm - Kirch - Mkhitaryan, Jojic, Reus, Großkreutz - Lewandowski

Real Madrid: Casillas - Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao - Illarramendi - Xabi Alonso, Modric - Di Maria, Benzema, Bale

Goals: Reus 24', 37'

Matthew Howarth