Dortmund vs. Malaga: Recap of UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

MALAGA, SPAIN - APRIL 03:  Willy Caballero of Malaga CF blocks the ball to Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Malaga CF and Borussia Dortmund at La Rosaleda Stadium on April 3, 2013 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund and Malaga played out one of the ties of the tournament on Tuesday evening, as they fought it out for a place in the UEFA Champions League semifinal.

The German side eventually triumphed after a hugely emotive, exciting and entertaining fixture which swung back and forth before a late double strike for Dortmund sent them through with a 3-2 win overall.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, it looked as though Malaga had done much of their hard work when Joaquin scored the opening goal, netting an away strike for the Spaniards. However, they were pegged back five minutes before halftime by a sublime team goal for Borussia Dortmund.

Sweeping forward from the right side, Dortmund worked the ball infield to Marco Reus, whose instinctive and audacious back-flick sent Robert Lewandowski through on goal.

Still with much to do, the Polish striker made it a top-class goal by taking it around the goalkeeper and slotting it home for 1-1.

At that point, it might have looked as though Dortmund would go on and take control in the second half, but it took until the 82nd minute for the next goal—and it was a second away goal for Malaga. Eliseu scored what seemed like an all-important winner.

With just eight minutes left and Dortmund needing two goals to avoid going out, it looked for all the world as though Malaga were going to be the first semifinalists of this year's Champions League.

Dortmund had other ideas, though, and in an utterly incredible finish, they scored two injury-time goals through Marco Reus and Felipe Santana to snatch a late place in the last four, breaking the hearts of Malaga's players, fans and staff.