A late breakaway goal from Ivan Perisic may prove vital come next week’s trip to the San Siro after Dortmund came from behind to beat AC Milan 3-1 at home in the First Leg of tonight’s Champions League Semi-Final.
Milan were in front inside forty seconds when Giampaolo Pazzini clipped a shot past Weidenfeller from outside the box. The ball going from one end to the other in just three touches, in Milan’s only moment of ‘route on’ during the match.
Ninety seconds later and Julian Schieber had header a Götze cross past Abbiati for an equaliser, and after ten minutes of solid pressure, Dortmund were in front when Robert Lewandowski turned a Schmelzer ball home for 2-1.
Mario Götze collided in the air with Mathieu Flamini midway through the first half and carried off after a long delay. Flamini was later cautioned before the interval, which will see him ruled out of the Second Leg.
The second half started slowly before exploding into life with a fifteen minute spell seeing three cautions, the post being hit at either end, and some six-yard box scrambles, but Dortmund held out in the lead.
Eventually, with less than four minutes of normal time remaining, Sven Bender won the ball in his own box, and found Julian Schieber with a long-ball. In a move resembling Milan’s opener, Schieber flicked it on for Ivan Perisic who took a touch inside the box before drilling home Dortmund’s third goal.
The sides will do it all again in Milan next Tuesday for a place in the Final.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3-2 AC MILAN Schieber 3 Pazzini 1 Lewandowski 16 Perisic 87 Att: 65,614 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund. Dry 6°C. Ref: R.Trutz
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | AC MILAN 1. Roman Weidenfeller 7.0 | 32. Christian Abbiati (c) 7.4 2. Andreas Beck 7.2 | 20. Ignazio Abate [Y] 7.0 5. Mats Hummels (c) 8.0 | 13. Francesco Acerbi 5.4 15. Felipe Santana 7.8² | 28. Johan Djourou 7.0 3. Marcel Schmelzer [Y] 7.7 | 35. Didac 7.0 6. Sven Bender 8.0 | 8. Antonio Nocerino [Y] 7.5 26. Dennis Praet 7.0³ | 17. Mathieu Flamini 7.1 10. Mario Götze 7.0¹ | 16. Nigel de Jong 7.3 24. Ivan Perisic 7.6 | 11. Robinho [Y] 7.1 9. Robert Lewandowski 7.5 | 9. Fernando Llorente 8.2 23. Julian Schieber [*] 8.7 | 15. Giampaolo Pazzini 7.3 ------------------------------- ------------------------------- 20. Mitchell Langerak . | 45. Riccardo La Ferrara . 4. Neven Subotic n/a² | 2. Mattia De Sciglio . 7. Viktor Fischer . | 18. Riccardo Montolivo . 11. Marco Reus 7.0¹ | 21. Alberto Paloschi . 18. Moritz Leitner n/a³ | 24. Ivan Rondanini . 21. Daniel Ginczek . | 30. Davide Derosa . 22. Julian Koch . | 77. Luca Antonini .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
 We’re underway at Signal Iduna Park in this First Leg between the leaders of the German and Italian top flights.
 Christian Abbiati has a save to make inside twenty seconds, but he easily deals with Sven Bender’s shot from the edge of the box. Good cross from Ivan Perisic to Mario Götze at the far post who laid it off for the shot.
 1-0 AC MILAN! What a hammer blow for the hosts as they go a goal behind in 39 seconds. Abbiati launched the ball upfield, Llorente found Giampaolo Pazzini 25 yards out. He takes a touch then clips it over a diving Weidenfeller from 22 yards out.
 A nightmare start for Dortmund. No clean sheet in their last ten.
 EQUALISER FOR DORTMUND! Less than 100 seconds between the goals, and Dortmund are back on level terms through Julian Schieber. Beck and Götze work the ball up the right before Götze cuts inside and sends a cross in for Schieber to head home his 35th of the season. Game on!
 Pazzini is almost played in by Llorente, but for a great challenge from Mats Hummels. Praet scrambles the ball away. Dortmund look threatening down their right, but Milan have the better of the central battle.
 Götze whips a dangerous cross in towards the far post but Schieber can’t get a touch on it as he stretches for the ball. it isn’t cleared well, but his follow-up effort is blocked before Abbiati gathers it.
 Great save by Abbiati as Lewandowski plays Schieber through. Schieber cracked it towards the top corner but it was pushed over by the ‘keeper’s fingertips. Corner.
 And a second corner as Hummels’s header is tipped over.
 Dortmund piling on the pressure here, but being matched. They’ve tighteend up in the middle and are dealing with any potential Milan counters.
 2-1 DORTMUND! Marcel Schmelzer has two attempts to swing a cross into the box from the left after Djourou blocks his first one. The second is a low drive across the box that Robert Lewandowski meets first time at the far post to drill past Abbiati.
 First goal in seven matches for Lewandowski.
 First corner for Milan as Praet tracks back and knocks a cross behind. Hummels clears away with a strong header.
 Gilt-edged chance for Mario Götze as he drifts inside from the right wing totally unnoticed by the Milan defence. Sven Bender finds him 25 yards out but Götze’s eventual shot is dragged inches past the post.
 Götze has collided in the air with Flamini and looks very groggy. Lengthy stoppage while he’s seen to and carried off. Change for Dortmund¹: Marco Reus on for Götze (7.0).
 Straight swap on the right for Dortmund.
 Corner for BVB. Beck lobs a ball forwards for Lewandowski that Didac heads behind. Cleared away.
 Ivan Perisic is first to meet a deep Schieber cross but he sends his powerful header two yards wide.
 Schieber is bundled over by Acerbi, 22 yards out, dead central. Might have been a little harsh, but Dortmund will take the free-kick. Perisic grazes the outside of the post as he curls it round the wall. Keeper well beaten there.
 Robinho whips a corner in for Milan. Hummels gets a touch to it ahead of Llorente.
 Dennis Praet picks out Mats Hummels with another Dortmund corner, but the skipper’s header is deflected wide. Home side looking to go into the break two goals ahead. Getting closer.
 Robinho cautioned after he clatters Dennis Praet after a number of crosses into the box are headed away. Cynical challenge, that.
 Corner Dortmund, Hummels a yard wide with a header at the far post.
 From the goal kick, Mathieu Flamini tussles with Sven Bender. Bender’s on the deck, and it’s a booking for Flamini. That rules him out of the Second Leg.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 AC Milan (Champions League SF1)
 No changes at the break for either side. Will be interesting to see how either side approaches the remaining forty-five minutes tonight. A second away goal for Milan will surely set them up as favourites for the Second Leg. Dortmund will surely prefer a two-goal lead to take to the San Siro.
 Quiet start to the second half, but Lewandowski stings Abbiati’s palms when Praet finds him 25 yards out, but the shot-cum-lob is parried away. Milan don’t clear and Marco Reus’s shot on the follow-up drops just wide.
 A stunning free-kick from Ivan Perisic from right out by the touchline, 35 yards from goal, is denied by a first class save by Abbiati who gets across and somehow manages to tip it onto the bar.
 Straight up the other end, Robinho hits the post when he sends De Jong’s whipped low cross towards goal. The second half has come alive.
 Bender and Flamini clash again, nothing seen by the officials but Flamini needs treatment.
 Acerbi heads behind a ball from Lewandowski towards Schieber. First time he’s got ahead of his man today.
 Truly end to end stuff again, both sides getting men behind the ball and breaking incredibly quick.
 Ignazio Abate clips Julian Schieber as both players chase a long ball up the left wing. Dortmund furious at the cynicism of the foul. Eventually a yellow card after the Slovakian referee calms things down.
 Long shot by Fernando Llorente is easily gathered by Weidenfeller.
 Llorente heads behind Praet’s cross for another Dortmund corner.
 Llorente is everywhere for Milan at the moment. Milan clear the corner and he bursts away down the right with the ball. As he cuts inside, he’s tripped by Marcel Schmelzer a yard outside the box. Caution.
 Yellow card for Antonio Nocerino after he fouls Sven Bender in the middle of the park. Getting feisty here.
 Game appears to have calmed down. Milan preparing a substitution it appears.
 3-1 DORTMUND! Fantastic break by Dortmund and they double their lead. Sven Bender makes a challenge on Robinho in his own box before having space to bring the ball forwards. He lofts it forwards for Schieber who flicks it on to Ivan Perisic. He takes a touch then smashes home from 15 yards.
 Double change for Dortmund²³: Moritz Leitner and Neven SUbotic are on for Praet (7.0) and Santana (7.8).
 Two additional minutes.
[90+1] Robinho has a great chance to get the ball into the box from out wide when Bender fouls Abate. The delivery is too close to Weidenfeller who claims and holds on, taking his time to get to his feet.
[90+2] Abate slides a through ball for Llorente who almost gets on the end of it ten yards out but the ‘keeper gets there right ahead of him.
[90+3] Julian Schieber is clattered by the corner flag as Dortmund hold the ball up. No yellow card for Acerbi. Into extra additional time here.
[90+4] Dortmund crowd whistling and pointing at their wrists as play continues. Bender gets revenge on Acerbi for his challenge on Schieber a moment ago when he pushes him over on halfway.
[90+4] The free-kick eventually gets lobs into the box but Neven Subotic heads it away. The final whistle goes as Lewandowski brings the ball forwards. Great win for Dortmund, but that away goal could be troubling.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 AC Milan (Champions League SF1)
No clean sheet in any of Dortmund’s last ten matches, but Robert Lewandowski’s first goal in nine and the relief on his face was noticeable as BVB came from behind to take a two-goal advantage to Milan in six days’ time. For the fifth consecutive match, BVB found the back of the net three times, and they looked very dangerous going forwards every time.
Mario Götze’s first half injury didn’t look serious, but he appeared groggy as he was substituted. We’ll have an update on his situation as soon as we can. No match at the weekend for BVB, next up is the return leg.