Arjen Robben urges Bayern to keep cool ahead of Champions League final

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has urged his side to keep cool ahead of their Wembley Champions League final date with rivals Borussia Dortmund.  The Dutchman also expressed his excitement at reaching the final for the third time in four years after Bayern’s 3-0 thumping over Barcelona in the semifinal second leg.  Bayern, who recently re-claimed the Bundesliga title, will play fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final on May 25th, which will be a mouthwatering fixture.

Bayern proved themselves to currently be the best club in Europe by thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Munich in the first leg of their semifinal.  Amazingly, Bayern nearly repeated the feat in the intimidating Nou Camp in the second leg, winning 3-0.  Robben scored once in both legs, and played a key part in both of Bayern’s historic wins.  The twenty-nine-year-old has urged his side to keep cool ahead of the final, which will be the clubs third in four years, although they disappointingly lost in all three of them. Continue reading

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MOTD- Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund players celebrate the win, which seals them a spot in the Champions League finals

Dortmund players celebrate the loss, which seals them a spot in the Champions League final

Despite Real Madrid scoring two late goals to make life difficult for Borussia Dortmund, the German side have reached the finals of the Champions League for only the second time with a 2-0 win over Madrid.  Although Madrid managed not to lose their third Champions League match in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo also failed to become the first player to score in seven consecutive Champions League matches.

Madrid started the match very brightly, and Gonzalo Higuain almost put Jose Mourinho’s side up within four minutes when Luka Modric’s poor touch on the right fell to Mesut Ozil, who thread an inch-perfect ball to Higuain from the edge of the box.  Higuain’s first touch gave him space on the right side of the box, but his second touch was poor, allowing an oncoming Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to kick away his low shot.  In the thirteenth minute Dortmund almost took the lead after a long ball found a completely unmarked Robert Lewandowski (who scored four goals in the first leg) in the Madrid box.  Lewandowski chested the ball down before acrobatically slamming a volley into the ground from eight yards out, which bounced up into the arms of Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez.  Seconds later Madrid almost went up when Angel Di Maria’s lobbed long-ball from the right found Ronaldo in the center of the box.  Much like Lewandowski, Ronaldo chested down, and at full stretch, volleyed it at Weidenfeller, and it bounced away off the chest of the the German’s chest with out Weidenfeller knowing too much about it.

The hectic and breathless beginning to the match continued, when a lovely flick from Higuain put Ozil in on goal down the right.  Ozil took the ball into the box, but instead of going to the far post or laying it off for Ronaldo, dragged his shot inches wide of the near post.  Continue reading

MOTD- Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid

Robert Lewandowski taps home the firs of his four goals

Robert Lewandowski taps home the firs of his four goals

Borussia Dortmund have stunningly beaten Real Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League semifinal first leg, with Roberto Lewandowski’s four goals probably sending Dortmund to the finals.  Dortmund started the match very dominant and brightly, with Jurgen Klopp’s side almost taking the lead in the seventh minute when Sven Bender dispossessed Sami Khedira.  Marco Reus took hold of the loose ball inside his own half, and took the ball all the way into Real’s box, beating two Real defenders, before shooting a low shot through the legs of Pepe, which Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez amazingly just managed to tip wide.  Seconds later Dortmund took the lead, when Mario Götze received to ball down the left flank, before curling a cross to the far post.  Robert Lewandowski got in between Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, and tapped the ball past Lopez into the back of the net. Continue reading

Mario Götze to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season

Bayern Munich have announced that midfielder Mario Götze will join the club from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current season, following the wingers request to move to the German Champions.  The twenty-year-old will become the most expensive German player ever, with the release clause in his contract reported to be worth €37 million.

The news comes at the worst of times for Dortmund, who will play Real Madrid in their Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday.  Dortmund announced the move earlier on Tuesday via an statement on their official Facebook page saying: “Mario Götze’s agent Volker Struth told us a few days ago that the player wishes to make use of his release clause and on July 1, 2013 move to Bayern Munich.”

Although Bayern claimed they wanted to wait until after Dortmund’s Champions League tie to reveal the news, shortly after Dortmund announced the move Bayern confirmed the signing. “Bayern Munich confirm that the club have reached an agreement with national team player Mario Götze Continue reading

Champions League semifinal draw: Barca get Bayern, Madrid get Dortmund

The prospect of a El Clasico Champions League final is still on track, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being kept apart in the Champions League semifinal draw.  Barca draw 2011/2012 finalists and newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while Madrid drew Borussia Dortmund, which means there is a possibility of an all Spanish or all German Wembley final.

Bayern, who lost last seasons final on penalties to Chelsea, will bid to make their second successive final at Wembley on May 25, but will have to get past Barca, who they play in the first leg of their tie on April 23 at the Allianz Arena.  The German champions trampled over Juventus in the quarterfinals, winning 4-0 on aggregate after dominating both ties.

Barca are current leaders of La Liga, and are in their sixth consecutive Champions League semifinal after losing to Chelsea in the semis last year.  The Blaugrana drew twice with Paris Saint-Germain in this years quarterfinals, the first leg 2-2 in Paris and the second leg 1-1 at the Nou Camp, meaning Barca only progressed to the semifinals through away goals.  Tito Vilanova’s side will play Bayern, in a clash of two footballing giants, who play the exact same style of football.

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MOTD- Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Malaga

Borussia Dortmund have, incredibly, come back from behind with two injury time goals to beat Malaga 3-2 and seal a place in the Champions League semifinals, after all of their hard work in the competition looked to had been erased when Eliseu put Malaga ahead in the eighty-second minute. The match started slowly, with Malaga keeping possession of the ball in Dortmund half and their German opponents barely saw the ball in the opening five minutes. Dortmund slowly started to feel their way into the game and began to look very dangerous, but it was Malaga who opened the scoring when Joaquin got on the end of a string of three passes after Dortmund had failed to clear the ball. Joaquin cut the ball across his body to his left foot, and hit a low effort through the legs of Neven Subotic. Subotic blocked Willy’s view, allowing the shot to creep into the bottom right corner of the net.

Dortmund bounced back from the goal, maintaining possession for minutes at a time. The German side managed to find an equalizer in the fortieth minute, with Mario Gotze storming down the left flank before cutting it back to Marco Reus, who beautifully put Lewandowski in on goal with a backheel flick. Lewandowski rounded Willy, and coolly slotted it into the back of the net. Despite Dortmund looking the better side, Malaga almost equalized in the last seconds of the half with Duda’s free-kick finding Joaquin inside the box, who headed on goal from the center of the box, forcing Weidenfeller into a spectacular diving save Continue reading

MOTD preview- Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga

Borussia Dortmund are set to take on Malaga at the Signal-Iduna-Park today in the 2nd leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals, with The German side favorites to progress to the semi-finals after the two teams played the first leg out to a goalless draw. Dortmund wasted their many chances in the first leg, allowing Malaga to salvage the 0-0 draw in Spain last week. Jurgen Klopp’s men should not be too worried though, as the German side have progressed on all of their three previous 0-0 first leg first leg draws in European competition. Malaga on the other hand have a tall order ahead of them, but manager Manuel Pellegrini will not have given up hope, and will be motivated to become the first manager to take two Champions League debutants to the semifinals of the competition after doing so with Villrreal in 2005/2006.

Dortmund have extra incentive to win the tie, after Bayern Munich reclaimed the Bundesliga title on Saturday following Bayern’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The German side beat FC Augsburg 4-2 over the weekend and have been on impressive form in the league only losing twice since early December. But Dortmund have been on even better form in the Champions League, and are the only unbeaten side left in the competition after winning “The Group of Death” (Group D) unfazed Continue reading