Borussia Dortmund scored twice in added time to seal a dramatic 3-2 quarter-final, second-leg win at home to Malaga on Tuesday to reach the last four of the Champions League. Real Madrid also survived a second half resurgence by Galatasaray to win 5-3 on aggregate, on a night Cristiano Ronaldo booked a brace. With Malaga leading 2-1 in the dying stages, Dortmund’s Marco Reus gave his side a glimmer of hope with a 91st-minute equaliser, but the Spaniards would still have gone through on away goals.
Real Madrid registered their sixth consecutive victory in all competitions as two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo led them to a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo. Despite dominating for long spells in the first-half, Madrid couldn’t find a way past Celta goalkeeper Javi Varas until just after the hour mark when Ronaldo swept home a loose ball from close range
Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund qualified for the last eight in the European Champions League. Madrid knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo producing the decisive goal. Dortmund qualified for the first time for the quarter finals in 15 years by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.
Barcelona’s recent slump continued as Sergio Ramos’ header nine minutes from time handed Real Madrid their second win over the Catalans in five days. Karim Benzema had given the hosts the perfect start as he stabbed home Alvaro Morata’s cross after just six minutes, but Barca were level just 12 minutes later when Lionel Messi equalled Alfredo di Stefano’s record for goals scored in Clasicos as he rifled in his 18th strike in clashes between the two. The rest of the first half was then played out at a rather pedestrian pace but the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Madrid bench livened up matters after the break and Madrid eventually found the winner when Ramos rose highest to power home Luka Modric’s corner.
Three clear storylines have emerged in the aftermath of the most recent Clásico:
Raphael Varane headed in a leveler to leave the two La Liga giants tied after this Copa Del Rey Semi-Final first leg.
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Bernabeu side in grip of dressing room unrest.
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for the 32nd time in the Copa del Rey Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. According to the Catalan Club’s website, the previous 31 meetings have seen Barcelona win 16, lose 10 and draw 5 times