Malaga 0 Borussia Dortmund 0: Stalemate in Spain as Gotze rues missed chances

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Borussia Dortmund wasted a host of chances to take a healthy advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Malaga tonight.

Mario Gotze was the main culprit, spurning three golden openings, as the visitors failed to find a way past the impressive Willy Caballero at La Rosaleda.

The away draw still leaves Jurgen Klopp's side in a strong position ahead of the home leg, but the boss will know the tie could have been all but wrapped up already.

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Getting stuck: Felipe Santana of Dortmund challenges for the ball with Isco

Getting stuck: Felipe Santana of Dortmund challenges for the ball with Isco

Match Facts:

Malaga: Willy, Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Joaquin, Saviola (Francisco Portillo 67), Isco (Duda 87), Julio Baptista (Santa Cruz 76).

Subs not used: Kameni, Lugano, Camacho, Sergio Sanchez.

Booked: Antunes, Weligton, Iturra.

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Schmelzer, Gundogan, Kehl (Bender 79), Reus (Schieber 69), Gotze (Kirch 90), Grosskreutz, Lewandowski.

Subs not used: Langerak, Leitner, Sahin, Bittencourt.

Booked: Grosskreutz.

Attendance: 28,963

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sigtuna)

Instead Malaga, who, for all their opponents' dominance, still caused Dortmund the odd nervy moment, will travel to the Westfalenstadion still in with a shout of the last four.

Malaga had the first chance when Javier Saviola ran onto a clipped pass down the right of the area, got to the byline and cut inside, only to opt to go for the near post rather than the far and dragged his shot wide.

But it did not take long for Dortmund's attacking triumvirate of Robert Lewandowski, Gotze and Marco Reus to start exerting their influence as Dortmund started to open their hosts up almost at will.

Gotze ran clear on to a Lewandowski header as the Malaga backline appealed in vain for offside, but his shot lacked power and Caballero dived to make a one-handed save.

The Germany international then got in one-on-one down the right of the area, but Caballero was again equal to his side-foot shot.

Battle for the ball: Marcel Schmelzer challenges for the ball with JoaquÌn of Malaga

Battle for the ball: Marcel Schmelzer challenges for the ball with JoaquÌn of Malaga

Over he goes: Schmelzer challenges for the ball with Joaquin

Over he goes: Schmelzer challenges for the ball with Joaquin

Reus then brought another save out of the keeper after neat link-up play and a low shot from the edge of the area.

The young trio were causing Malaga all sorts of problems, with only the killer finish lacking.

The hosts showed they could still be a threat when Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller had to be quick off his line to get to the ball ahead of Saviola.

Man in the mask: Schmelzer keeps his eyes the ball during the tie

Man in the mask: Schmelzer keeps his eyes the ball during the tie

Their defence, though, continued to live dangerously and Weligton was booked for pulling back Lewandowski right on the edge of the area, Reus curling the resulting free-kick wide.

But Malaga ended the half in the ascendancy.

Weidenfeller, under no pressure, spilled a Joaquin cross and Felipe Santana go to scramble the ball away to spare his team-mate's blushes.

But the keeper redeemed himself with a fine save to keep out a Weligton header from a Joaquin corner.

Flying through the air: Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski and Malaga's Weligton vie for the ball

Flying through the air: Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski and Malaga's Weligton vie for the ball

Off target: Mario Gotze fights for the ball among Malaga players

Off target: Mario Gotze fights for the ball among Malaga players

Lewandowski fluffed another golden Dortmund chance minutes after the break, skewing his shot horribly wide when Gotze's cut-back found him in plenty of space in front of goal.

Gotze then fired wide of the far post after racing on to a measured pass down the right as another opportunity came and went for the Germans.

At the other end, Isco drilled effort was parried well by Weidenfeller, but it was Dortmund who left the pitch at full-time with a feeling of what might have been.

 


 

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C'ON MALAKA!

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Malaga..another team (like Real Madrid) that can have players going in with studs at head level but avoiding even a yellow card. The CL is just one big fix.

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They're a German team. Turn it on when it matters., wouldn't surprise me if Dortmund destroyed Malaga at iduna park. Atmosphere will be immense

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Dortmund aren't as good this season as some in the UK seem to think, if Malaga get an away goal things will be interesting.

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Really enjoyed last nights occasion,the B.Dortmond fans were great mixing with the Malaga fans before the match and everyone behaving themselves,the way football should be.As for the match,very entertainig, we're going to have a difficult job stopping them scoring in the second leg but the possibility of an away goal gives us a lifeline.May the winner go all the way.

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dortmund arent as good as i thought , i wanted them to win the champs league

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Malaga will get smashed in Germany it wasn't a bad result for Malaga no but they were playing at home and are very very strong at home so are Dortmund we'll see what will happen in the next leg. However, I believe BM will beat Juventus to progress against Barcelona or RM. I hope BD play RM and smash them up as well. Reus, Goetze, Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Lewandowski, Leitner, Schieber, Weidenfeller, Santana, Gundogan etc are all top quality players. However with BM they have Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Mueller, Neuer, Lahm, Alaba, Ribery, Robben, Mandzukic, Olic, Gomez, Van Buyten, Badstuber etc all top quality players. It'll be interesting to see who will win CL this year.

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That Malaga FC boy Isco is quality. The Spanish production line of world-class midfielders is still churning them out.

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Not a bad result for Malaga. No away goals conceded and all to play for in Dortmund. A score draw will do.

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