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Ancelotti: Real 'Fortunate to be Through'

Real Madrid squeaked through to the UEFA Champions League semifinal on Tuesday following a 3-2 aggregate win against Borussia Dortmund after two games. Los Blancos went into Tuesday's second-leg in Dortmund with a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead following the first game in Madrid, but two first-half goals from BVB forward Marco Reus following an Angel Di Maria penalty miss made for a nervous finale.

“We’re happy to reach the semis, but not happy as we suffered a lot,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss. “Especially in the first half. We opened the tie up again. We were better in the second half. Football is like that, we gave away gifts, lots of errors, no confidence, and we suffered because of it.” The Italian singled out goalkeeper Iker Casillas for praise. "Casillas made fantastic save in important moment of game. His game was very, very good. All games at this stage are very difficult. We are fortunate to be through to the semi-finals.”

In an interview with AS, Real captain Casillas tried to look on the bright side: “The positive thing is that we've learnt to suffer in these games,” he said, before adding: “These errors cannot happen in semifinals.”

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