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Comeback for the ages
by Paul Kennedy, April 9th, 2013 11PM

TAGS:  germany, spain, turkey, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Delirium set over Westfalenstadion, one of the great temples of European soccer, late on Tuesday evening. Borussia Dortmund twice fell behind unfancied Spanish club Malaga, 2-1, and the German champs looked to be the unlucky losers of this year's UEFA Champions League. But goals by Marco Reus and Felipe Santana in the 91st and 93rd minutes off goalmouth scrambles turned sure elimination into qualification for the semifinals with a 3-2 victory and sent the Dortmund players to the high fences, which they climbed to celebrate with their fans.

"This is one face of soccer," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp. "One very disappointed team in this moment and one lucky team. It was unbelievable."

Joaquin and Eliseu twice put Malaga ahead to have the German champions on the verge of defeat but Reus and Santana scored to give Dortmund the series victory 3-2. The other Dortmund goal was scored by Pole Robert Lewandowski off a phenomenal feed from Reus.

Santana tapped in the winning goal on the Malaga goal line on a wild scramble during which he and several other Dortmund players appeared to be offside. Eliseu also was offside on his goal.

"I heard the second [Malaga] goal too [was offside]," said Klopp, "and this is very important information. Over the two games we are the deserved winner so now everything is OK, but I cannot describe what happened inside me."

The win sent Dortmund into the final four for the first time in 15 years.

"I just can't really believe this," said the Dortmund's Neven Subotic, the former U.S. U-17 defender. "This is the craziest moment in all of my soccer career. Up until now, it has been a Hollywood movie. Hopefully, it will have a Hollywood ending."

Bor. Dortmund-Malaga Highlights:

GALATASARAY-REAL MADRID. Two Cristiano Ronaldo goals were sandwiched around three Galatasaray goals in a match that began as a formality but ended with Real Madrid on the verge of panic. The 3-2 win sent Real Madrid into the semifinals with a 5-3 series victory.

Ronaldo's seventh-minute strike all but ended the drama, but Gala delighted its fans with an impressive second-half comeback that produced goals from Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba.

Galatasaray-Real Madrid Highlights:

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