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Apr 30, 2013

Dortmund ready to prove they belong with Europe’s elite

MADRID (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund relish their status as underdogs for the Champions League final and are determined to prove they belong among Europe’s elite, coach Jurgen Klopp said after they knocked out Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Germans successfully protected their 4-1 first leg lead until the 83rd minute on Tuesday, after which Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored in a frantic finale to get Real within a goal of reaching the final.

Apr 30, 2013

Soccer-Dortmund ready to prove they belong with Europe’s elite

MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund relish their status as underdogs for the Champions League final and are determined to prove they belong among Europe’s elite, coach Jurgen Klopp said after they knocked out Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Germans successfully protected their 4-1 first leg lead until the 83rd minute on Tuesday, after which Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored in a frantic finale to get Real within a goal of reaching the final.

Apr 30, 2013

Mourinho slams referee after Real’s Europe exit

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at English referee Howard Webb after they were denied a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday and dropped another hint he was considering his future at the club.

Real came within a whisker of pulling off a remarkable comeback after losing their semi-final first leg 4-1 away to Borussia Dortmund last week, but came up just short with a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu to exit 4-3 on aggregate.

Apr 30, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho slams referee after Real’s Europe exit

MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at English referee Howard Webb after they were denied a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday and dropped another hint he was considering his future at the club.

Real came within a whisker of pulling off a remarkable comeback after losing their semi-final first leg 4-1 away to Borussia Dortmund last week, but came up just short with a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu to exit 4-3 on aggregate.

Apr 30, 2013

Soccer-Relieved Dortmund survive at Real to reach final

MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund held on by their fingernails to clinch a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday with a 4-3 aggregate win despite losing 2-0 after conceding late goals in a nerve-shredding finish at the Bernabeu.

The German side, who will play in their second final after winning the competition in 1997, survived early pressure from a fired-up Real in the last-four second leg clash before wasting several chances to kill off the home team.

Apr 30, 2013

Dortmund hang on at Real to secure final berth

MADRID (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund survived a stirring Real Madrid fightback to book their place in the Champions League final on Tuesday when they conceded two late goals to lose 2-0 at the Bernabeu but went through 4-3 on aggregate.

Real looked down and out before substitute Karim Benzema scored from close range in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos struck five minutes later but with the home fans going wild in the packed stadium Dortmund held on.

Apr 30, 2013

Soccer-Dortmund hang on at Real to secure final berth

MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund survived a stirring Real Madrid fightback to book their place in the Champions League final on Tuesday when they conceded two late goals to lose 2-0 at the Bernabeu but went through 4-3 on aggregate.

Real looked down and out before substitute Karim Benzema scored from close range in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos struck five minutes later but with the home fans going wild in the packed stadium Dortmund held on.

Apr 30, 2013

Puerto doctor gets jail term, evidence to be destroyed

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, the central figure in the Operation Puerto probe into a doping ring in cycling, got a one-year prison term on Tuesday as the judge ordered all evidence from the case to be destroyed.

Fuentes – who is unlikely to be jailed because sentences under two years in Spain are usually suspended – was convicted for crimes against public health, barred from practicing sports medicine for four years and fined.

Apr 29, 2013

Real Madrid take comeback inspiration from Derby game

MADRID (Reuters) – As they contemplate how to overturn a 4-1 deficit to reach the Champions League final, nine-times European Cup winners Real Madrid are taking inspiration from a similar feat against Derby County four decades ago.

The Spanish giants were caught cold by Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg last week, when, despite being one of the favourites to step out at Wembley on May 25, they were left on the brink of a surprise elimination.

Apr 29, 2013

Real take comeback inspiration from Derby game

MADRID (Reuters) – As they contemplate how to overturn a 4-1 deficit to reach the Champions League final, nine-times European Cup winners Real Madrid are taking inspiration from a similar feat against Derby County four decades ago.

The Spanish giants were caught cold by Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg last week, when, despite being one of the favourites to step out at Wembley on May 25, they were left on the brink of a surprise elimination.