As predicted in this column, the Champions League final in 2013 will see two German teams facing each other, a prelude towards Germany winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Make no mistake: the plan has been in place, it is bearing fruits and Bayern and Dortmund bear witness.
Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3 (Aggregate 0-7)
Robben 49; Piqué own goal 72; T. Müller 76
Semi-Final second leg
Real Madrid 2 Borussia Dortmund 0 (Aggregate 3-4)
Real Madrid is out of the Champions League competition for 2012-2013 after losing 4-1 at Dortmund and winning 2-0 at home. Aggregate score 4-3 to Dortmund. Just a goal shy, Real now looks to the Spanish Cup as a consolation for a disappointing season. The question now is whether Mourinho will stay or go to Chelsea if the Blues reach Champions League soccer next season. Failing that, Arsenal?
Semi-Finals First legs
Wednesday April 23
Borussia Dortmund 4 Real Madrid 1
Lewandowski C. Ronaldo 43
8, 50, 55, 66 (Pen)
A cruel second half for Mourinho, after leaving the field at 45 minutes with an excellent result. However, do not rule Real out.
Tuesday April 23
Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0
T.Müller 25, 82
Mário Gomez 49
Why do I get the feeling that the Bayern-Barcelona tie is not over...yet? After Bayern Munich turned on the class to outclass Barça in Germany at the Fussball Arena in Munich, Barcelona has a four-goal disadvantage to pull back. Impossible? They'll make a go of it.
Barcelona 1 Paris Saint-Germain 1 Aggregate 3-3 Barcelona wins on away goals
Pedro Rodríguez 71 Pastore 50
PSG 2 Barcelona 2
Ibrahimovic 79 Messi 38
Matuidi 90+4 Xavi Hernández 89 (Pen)
Juventus 0 Bayern Munich 2 Aggregate 4-0 to Bayern
Bayern Munich 2 Juventus 0
T. Müller 63
Malaga threw away a 2-1 lead and a 2-2 draw in three minutes, losing concentration and losing the game right at the end against Borussia Dortmund after drawing the first game at home in Spain. Real lost at Galatasaray but precious goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (who else?) saved the day.
Dortmund 3 Malaga 2 (First leg Málaga 0 Dortmund 0) Aggregate: 3-2
Lewandowski 40 Joaquín 25
Reus 90+1 Eliseu 82
Felipe Santana 90+3
Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (First leg Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0)
Eboué 57 Ronaldo 7, 90+2
First game Real 3 Galatasaray 0
Europa League semi-finals
Chelsea v. Basel
Benfica v. Fenerbahçe
Rubin Kazan (Russia) v. Chelsea (England) First leg 1-3
Basel (Switzerland) v. Tottenham Hotspur (England) First leg 2-2
Lazio (Italy) v. Fenerbahçe (Turkey) First leg 0-2
Newcastle United (England) v. Benfica (Portugal) First leg 1-3
Germany continues the discussion about the completion and commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. For the time being, it is too early to ascertain that the opponents of the project are gaining the upper hand