Malaga 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

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Updated: April 4, 2013

A Champions League game that didn’t really live up to expectations, Dortmund frustrating infront of goal and Malaga frustrating in almost everything they did.

A goaless draw isn’t that much

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of a surprise but the sloppiness from both teams must have surprised everyone. Dortmund will be happy with a draw away from home but mustn’t concede too many, if any, goals at home.

In the first half Dortmund started the game well by having two great chances one on one fall to Gotze but without any conviction the shots were both stopped. Malaga’s best chance of the first half came from Saviola when the ball slipped through but the pass was a bit too heavy which made it easier to save for the goalkeeper. Dortmund constantly played consecutive one-two football with a triangle shape in Malaga’s last third of the pitch. Gundogan showed that he is a capable playmaker finding players in acres of space with exquisite passes but tried almost too much those passes because they became predictable and Malaga got tighter so the passes behind the back four became harder to find. Malaga constantly attacked down the flanks trying to put crosses in, but with Santana and Subotic, Saviola and Isco didn’t stand a chance of winning any headers. When Malaga were near the centre cercle they kept trying to keep the ball, like a typical spanish team, but Dortmund’s midfield was too tight to get passed which then lead to a few Dortmund counter attacks, like for Lewandowsi on two occasions but made a tame shot both times. Joaquin was the only Malaga player threatening the Dortmund defense but on some occasions failed to put in the cross or didn’t put a decent cross in the box. Malaga also had a great chance from a header from Toulalan that went wide when Wellington’s header was saved by Weidenfeller.

At the start of the second half Malaga started taking more risks and pushed more players up field, which exposed them at the back and left Dortmund to counter only for Lewandowski to miss a shot from ten yards out right infront of goal, that seemed easier to score than to miss. Malaga then got tighter and Dortmund found it harder to break them down, the problem for Dortmund was bringing the ball from midfield to attack. Malaga kept trying to attack but there weren’t enough players to help out in attack. So Malaga eventually resorted to “hoofing” the ball up field but then again, Dortmund’s height in defense proved too much for the likes of Isco and Saviola. Malaga stayed tight in defense throughout most of the half except for a couple of occasions where Gotze managed to cut inside the left-back or run behind him. Gundogan made another exquisite pass to Gotze behind the back four but Gotze missed yet another one on one but this time on a tighter angle. During the whole evening Malaga conceded free kick after free kick but Reus failed to deliver any danger from the free kicks everytime they had a free kick. When Saviola was replaced by Portilla the game became a bit quicker, with Malaga, yet again, attacking down the wings, taking advatage of Portilla’s pace but still failed to produce a decent cross, even though there was nobody in the box again. Scheiber came on for Reus in the 69th minute, but didn’t do much except for a shot set up by Lewandowski in the 84th minute that went wide. After 90 minutes Malaga started pressing high in Dortmund’s half but couldn’t really keep the ball and Dortmund couldn’t clear the ball which made for a messy last few minutes.

Stats

Possesion :

Malaga 51%-49% Dortmund

Att : 28 963

Malaga

13 Willy
02 Jesus Gamez
03 Wellington (C)
05 Demichelis
25 Antunes
07 Joaquin
08 Toulalan
10 Julio Baptista (Santa Cruz, 76′)
16 Iturra
22 Isco (Duda, 87′)
09 Saviola (Portillo, 67′)

Bookings : Wellington, Antunes, Iturra

Dortmund

01 Weidenfeller
26 Piszczek
27 Felipe Santana
04 Subotic
29 Schmelzer
05 Kehl (C) (Bender, 79′)
08 Gundogan
10 Gotze (Kirch, 90′)
11 Reus (Schieber, 69′)
19 Grosskreutz
09 Lewandowski

Bookings : Grosskreutz

 

Match report by Sebastian True

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