Borussia Dortmund Are Into The Champions League
Real 2 Karim Benzema
Incessant pressure pays off in spectacular style! After the ball pingponged around the Dortmund box, Benzema showed a cool head to pull it back for Ramos, who smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from eight yards! The crowd erupts. Real aren't actually going to do it, are they?
Real: Diego Lopez; Essien, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao; Modric, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain
Subs: Casillas, Pepe,Khedira, Benzema, Kaka, Albiol, Morata
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski
Subs: Langerak, Kehl, Leitner, Sahin, Grosskreutz, Schieber, Santana
Ref: Howard Webb MBE
Jose Mourinho criticised his defenders for not challenging Robert Lewandowski enough last week, and I think Sergio Ramos has taken that to heart - a few times already tonight he has nailed the Polish striker. As have a few of his team-mates - the forward must be thinking he's on a Lions tour.
Both sides were more determined not to lose it rather than win it. Caution was the first thing on everyone's minds. 0-0 was a true reflection on the game. The only thing that made it interesting was that there was so much riding on it. The quality at times was woeful."
Borussia Dortmund are into the Champions League! They thoroughly deserve their place even if they had to survive a late scare here, largely because of shoddy finishing prior to that. The Real crowd applaud their own team's effort and, perhaps, the vibrancy of the victors.