What a comeback!

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Dortmund's players celebrate after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg football match of Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga CF in Dortmund, Germany on April 9, 2013. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

GERMANY - Borussia Dortmund saw off critic-defying Malaga to progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in a thrilling encounter on Tuesday night.

The teams went into the second leg having played to a goalless draw in the first leg, which meant Dortmund would have to win to progress, while a draw would be enough to see Malaga through.

But the Spaniards, who had been defying the odds all season, were not going down without putting on one of the most memorable nights in Champions League history.

Malaga opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Joaquin Rodriguez, capitalising on a poor clearance, cut inside and beat goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller with a low shot to give the visitors a vital away-goal.

Robert Lewandowski levelled matters just before half time; Marco Reus produced a stunning back-flick pass into Lewandowski's path and the striker then dribbled past the keeper and slotted the ball home.

Borussia Dortmund had to score another goal though, and Malaga silenced the crowd minutes from time. Eliseu dos Santos ended a quick counter with a close range finish.

With less than ten minutes remaining in the game, Dortmund needed a miracle, and the Champions League comeback gods favoured them with one of the greatest in League history.

Marco Reus leveled matters one minute into extra time, netting home a goal from a long ball, and then with seconds remaining in the goal, Felipe Santana sent the home crowd into a frenzy, scoring the winning goal from a scramble in the box.

Dortmund join Real Madrid in the semi-finals, along with either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain and the winner of Bayern Munich and Juventus.

-eNCA

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