Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund exited the UEFA Champions League with their heads held high, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg but losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate. After Real's Angel Di Maria had an early penalty saved, Marco Reus breathed life into Borussia's semi-final dreams with two goals in an electric opening 45 minutes.
But having been beaten 3-0 in last Wednesday's first leg in Madrid, Dortmund ultimately had too much to do, even if Real captain Iker Casillas admits his side were lucky to reach the semi-finals for the fourth year in succession. "Maybe it's good for us to receive a wake-up call like that from time to time," said Casillas after Real struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has a niggling knee injury and was left on the bench.
"It's better that it came tonight and not in the upcoming games we have.