Dortmund book semi-final spot with late drama

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3 vs MALAGA 2

(3-2 on aggregate)

TWO stoppage time goals saw Borussia Dortmund pull off an astonishing comeback to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.

Robert Lewandowski cancelled out Joaquin’s opener for the visitors, but when Eliseu came off the bench to score with eight minutes remaining Malaga looked certain to go through.

Then came the most captivating period of drama in the competition so far this season.

Marco Reus turned in Neven Subotic’s pass on 91 minutes, but Malaga still led on away goals. However, the German side completed the most sensational of turnarounds when Felipe Santana bundled in the ball from less than a yard out on 93 minutes to spark wild celebrations in the Westfalenstadion.

“The way we ended it was a great story, it was something straight out of a Hollywood movie,” said Dortmund defender Subotic.

There was drama in Turkey too, as 10-man Real Madrid survived a scare from Galatasaray before progressing 5-3 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s eighth-minute goal gave Real a 4-0 aggregate advantage. But second-half strikes from Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba moved Galatasaray 3-1 ahead on the night.

Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa was sent off for Jose Mourinho’s team in the closing stages, but Ronaldo struck again on 90 minutes to cement Real’s place in the last four.

“I wasn’t getting nervous because I have no time for it,” said Mourinho.

“We are there, in the semi-finals, that is what matters.”