Preview: Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski scores from the penalty spot in the Champions League semi final with Real Madrid on April 24, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Not even the most biased of Borussia Dortmund supporters would have expected their side to be making the trip to Spain for their Champions League semi-final second leg in such a commanding position.

Many pundits had predicted that Real Madrid would win the tie to reach a 13th Champions League final, but Los Blancos have it all to do at the Bernabeu following their 4-1 defeat in Germany last week.

Quite simply, Jose Mourinho's team must match the record for the biggest first-leg victory overturned in the competition's UEFA Champions League era. The last team to come back from such a deficit was Deportivo La Courna against AC Milan back in 2004.

Despite recent reports, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be fit to start for Madrid, who should also recall Angel di Maria. Alvaro Arbeloa will return from suspension, which may see Sergio Ramos move into a centre-back role.

Meanwhile, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp may have to make do without the services of full-back Lukasz Piszczek, who has picked up a muscular injury.

Dortmund have reached the final once before back in 1997 when they defeated Juventus 3-1 to lift the trophy.

Recent form

Real Madrid: DWWWLW

Dortmund: WWWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Real Madrid: Lopez; Arbeloa, Ramos, Varane, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo; Benzema

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Schmelzer, Hummels, Subotic, Santana; Blaszczykowski, Bender, Gundogan; Gotze, Lewandowski, Reus

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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