Real Madrid will face their group stage rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with the first leg to be played at Signal Iduna Park on 24 April and return leg at the Bernabeu on 30 April.
In the draw conducted at Nyon, Switzerland earlier today, Real Madrid were last out of the bag with Ruud Van Nistelrooy plucking the balls out of the bowl. With Borussia Dortmund getting picked ahead, they would be the home side for the first leg and the return leg to take place in Spain.
It is a repeat of the 1997/98 semi-final where Real went ahead to win their seventh Champions League crown. However, more recently, Real weren’t top of their game against Dortmund in the group stages losing 2-1 in Dortmund and drawing 2-2 at home.
Real had faced the other two semi-finalists in the past two seasons – Bayern Munich last year and FC Barcelona the year before. Third time lucky then?
Emilio Butragueno after the draw:
It is an honour to be in the semi-finals of this great competition . Regarding Borussia Dortmund I have to say that we have met them twice this season and we have not been able to beat them, eliminating them will not be easy, but we are looking forward to the final at Wembley. We all dream of it.
(via Real Madrid)
Facts and Numbers:
This will be Real Madrid’s 24th semi-final, the most for any club in the European competition.
This will be record equalling seventh semi-final for Jose Mourinho (equals Sir Alex Ferguson) . He’s won two out of the six and in those two finals, he won both (with Porto and Inter Milan).
Dortmund are the only unbeaten side in the competition.
Real Madrid have won only once against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League out of six games. (Source)
In the other semi-final, Bayern Munich player Barcelona with the first leg at the Allianz Arena and second leg at Camp Nou.
Whoever wins the tie between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, will be the home side for the final at Wembley. This would give them the opportunity of picking their home shirt.