Champions League - Dortmund frustrated in Malaga stalemate

Champions League quarter-final, first-leg, Estadio La Rosaleda - Malaga 0 Borussia Dortmund 0

Champions League - Dortmund frustrated in Malaga stalemate

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Malaga's Martin Demichelis (L) fights for the ball with Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze during their Champions League quarter final first leg match at La Rosaleda

Borussia Dortmund endured a night of frustration as Malaga secured a goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-eight showdown in Spain.

The German champions created a raft of chances but could not find a way through with Willy Caballero producing an inspired display in Los Boquerones' goal.

The Argentine stopper brilliantly denied Mario Goetze on two occasions in the first 20 minutes and was also alert to keep out Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus.

The hosts' best chances came from set pieces with Julio Baptista and Weligton going close with free headers.

Dortmund arrived on the Costa del Sol as heavy favourites to progress to the last four as they looked to maintain their status as the only unbeaten side left in the competition.

However, it was the hosts who had the first opportunity of the night when Jesus Gamez teased a ball into the area for Javier Saviola, who twisted and turned before dragging a shot wide at the near post.

The chance seemed to spark Dortmund into life and Goetze twice went close to opening the scoring just moments later.

First the playmaker was sent racing clear by Lewandowski's flick, but his tame shot was easily palmed to safety by Willy.

And the young German was left shaking his head in frustration soon after when Willy produced another fine stop to keep out his low drive after some sublime approach play by Ilkay Guendogan.

Reus then tested the Malaga keeper with a rasping 30-yarder as the home team somehow held onto their record of having never conceded a goal in the first half of a Champions League match.

At the other end, Manuel Pellegrini's side had barely threatened but finished the half strongly as Weligton guided a free header well off target before Baptista forced Roman Weidenfeller into a rare moment of action with a powerful effort from a corner.

The second half started with the visitors once again in the ascendancy and only Lewandowski will know how he missed the target when he miscued his side-foot shot from eight yards after a clever cut back from Goetze.

The German outfit continued to probe and when Reus played Goetze into space on the right side of the area, the youngster fizzed a low shot that missed the far post by inches.

It seemed like a goal was inevitable, but that was as good as it got for both sides as the game wore on with Malaga shutting up shop and Dortmund restricted to some long range pot shots.

Juergen Klopp's team were visibly frustrated as the hosts kept them out for the first time in the competition this season and claimed yet another famous result in their inaugural Champions League adventure.


Willy Caballero (Malaga): The keeper produced a string of top drawer saves including two superb stops to keep out Mario Goetze. It keeps his side very much in this tie.


MALAGA: Willy Caballero 8, Gamez 6, Demichelis 6, Weligton 5, Antunes 6, Toulalan 6, Iturra 6, Joaquín 6, Isco 6, Saviola 6, Baptista 6. Subs: Portillo 5, Santa Cruz 5, Duda 4.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller 6, Grosskreutz 6, Subotic 6, Felipe Santana 6, Piszczek 6, Schmelzer 6, Kehl 6, Goetze 6, Gundogan 7, Reus 6, Lewandowski 6. Subs: Schieber 5, Bender 5,Kirch 4.


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