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June 26, 2022

Champions League: Real tries the miracle against Dortmund

Real Madrid CF welcomes on Tuesday night Borussia Dortmund to the Santiago Bernabeu but they will face a difficult task, as the German site has a 4-1 lead thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s first-leg goals.

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th UEFA Champions League goal in Dortmund, Madrid need a big improvement against visitors who have already come close to winning in the Spanish capital this season. When Klopp’s men visited the Merengues in Group D in November, they led 2-1 until Mesut Ozil’s 89th-minute free-kick equaliser.While Dortmund are eyeing a second European Cup final, Madrid are aiming for their 13th. They have suffered three semi-final defeats since last lifting the trophy in 2002 but have got the better of Dortmund at this stage before.To repeat their 1998 success against the Bundesliga side, Madrid must match the record for the biggest first-leg victory overturned in the competition’s UEFA Champions League era. AC Milan lost 4-0 at RC Deportivo La Coruna in the 2003/04 quarter-finals having won 4-1 at home.Dortmund are unbeaten on their travels in this season’s competition, with one victory and four draws, but Madrid have won three and drawn two at the Santiago Bernabeu this term. They have won 14 – nine by a margin that would keep them in the competition this time round – and lost just one of 17 European home outings during Jose Mourinho’s three campaigns in charge.Madrid’s record against German visitors is W18 D4 L2.

Last season they beat FC Bayern Munchen 2-1 in the home second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final but lost the penalty shoot-out that followed. Bayern, with victories in 2000 and 2001, are the only Bundesliga team to have won at the Bernabeu.This is the third UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance for Dortmund, who have reached one final: 1997/98 Real Madrid CF, lost 0-2 (0-2 a, 0-0 h); 1996/97 Manchester United FC, won 2-0 (1-0 h, 1-0 a).

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