Hummels could miss Champions League final
Centre-back Mats Hummels could miss the Champions League final after suffering a hamstring injury in Bundesliga defeat to Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund confirmed. "His ankle is a bit swollen. There is a chance for Wembley, but it will be tight," coach Jurgen Klopp told the Dortmund website. There was better news regarding Mario Gotze, though, who suffered a hamstring tear at the Bernabeu. The club said it looked "good" for the 20-year-old, who will resume full training on Tuesday.
Gotze in Wembley fitness race
Borussia Dortmund are hopeful that Mario Gotze will be match fit in time for the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium on May 25. The Dortmund star, 20, had to be substituted only 12 minutes into his team's 2-0 loss at Real Madrid on Tuesday due to a thigh problem. In the worst-case scenario, the injury would keep him out of action for five weeks. Gotze, who leaves Dortmund for Bayern in the summer, will miss this weekend's match with his future club.
Bayern destroy Barca again
Barcelona star Lionel Messi watched from the sideline as Bayern Munich whipped his team 3-0 on Wednesday to finish off an impressive 7-0 aggregate victory in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Coach Tito Vilanova has revealed that injury was not the reason behind Messi's absence and said that the World Player of the Year was not in the right physical condition to start at Camp Nou. Messi's place in the side was taken by Cesc Fabregas, but Barcelona failed to seriously threaten Bayern's goal. Bayern will face Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final at Wembley Stadium on May 25.
Dortmund into final after nervy finish
Borssia Dortmund qualified for their first UEFA Champions League final since 1997 despite losing 2-0 at Real Madrid on Tuesday. Karim Benzema scored in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos in the 88th, putting the Madrid giants in position to advance with one more goal. But Dortmund held on for a 4-3 aggregate win. Bayern Munich have a four-goal advantage on Barcelona ahead of Wednesday's game. The UEFA Champions League final is May 25 at London's Wembley Stadium, setting up the possibility of the first all-German final in football's top club competition.
Dortmund hero Lewandowski to leave club?
Robert Lewandowski scored four goals to lead Borussia Dortmund over Real Madrid 4-1 Wednesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to find the net for the visitors but the Portuguese star was overshadowed by the brilliance of the Poland striker. With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, Lewandowski has been a reported summer target for Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Speculation in Germany has suggested Bayern are leading the race to sign the 24-year-old and pair him up once again with Mario Gotze, who this week agreed a summer move to the Bavarian giants.
Bayern thrash Barcelona 4-0
Thomas Mueller scored twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had one goal each and Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 4-0 Tuesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal. Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, slowed by a hamstring injury, made his first start since April 2 but wasn't a factor. The loss equaled Barcelona's biggest in the UEFA Champions League, a 4-0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev in the group stage in 1997. The Catalan club will host the return match on May 1.
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Marcelo out, Modric in Real Madrid squad
Real Madrid will be without defender Marcelo for the next three weeks due to a muscle tear in his left leg, while midfielder Luka Modric is a doubt for the UEFA Champions League match at Borussia Dortmund. Modric picked up a calf injury during his team's 3-1 home victory over Betis last weekend, but has travelled with his teammates to Germany for Wednesday's semifinal first-leg clash. The other two casualties of the Betis match, goalkeeper Diego Lopez and striker Karim Benzema have been declared fit and could feature against Dortmund.
Goetze set to join Bayern
Borussia Dortmund's preparations for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid have been hit by news that attacking midfielder Mario Goetze will move to rivals Bayern Munich in July. The newly-crowned Bundesliga champions have triggered the release clause in the 20-year-old's contract, reported to be €37m which, if confirmed, would be the most ever spent on a German player. Goetze is regarded as one of the country's most talented young players. Bayern have already signed former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as coach for next season.
|1||Paris SG||15||11||5-0-1 (6)|
|3||Dinamo K.||5||-4||1-2-3 (6)|
|2||Real Mad.||11||6||3-2-1 (6)|
|4||Man. City||3||-4||0-3-3 (6)|
|3||Bate Bor.||6||-6||2-0-4 (6)|
|4||Spartak M||3||-7||1-0-5 (6)|
|1||Man. Utd.||12||3||4-0-2 (6)|
|1.5||Barcelona - Bayern||0:3|
|30.4||Real Mad. - Dortmund||2:0|
|24.4||Dortmund - Real Mad.||4:1|
|23.4||Bayern - Barcelona||4:0|
|10.4||Juventus - Bayern||0:2|
|10.4||Barcelona - Paris SG||1:1|
|9.4||Dortmund - Malaga||3:2|
|9.4||Galatas. - Real Mad.||3:2|
|3.4||Malaga - Dortmund||0:0|
|3.4||Real Mad. - Galatas.||3:0|
|2.4||Paris SG - Barcelona||2:2|
|2.4||Bayern - Juventus||2:0|
|13.3||Bayern - Arsenal||0:2|
|13.3||Malaga - Porto||2:0|
|12.3||Schalke - Galatas.||2:3|
|12.3||Barcelona - Milan||4:0|
Champions League stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||31 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2012/2013
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.