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Dortmund hoping Champions League history repeats itself

Dortmund hoping history repeats itself as they take on Malaga for place in Champions League semi-finals

By
Darren Witcoop

PUBLISHED:

12:55 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 3 April 2013

Borussia Dortmund will still remain dark horses to win the Champions League, but the omens might just be in their favour if they can progress beyond Malaga in the quarter-final showdown.

Dortmund have given up the ghost retaining the Bundesliga title with runaway leaders Bayern Munich destined for the trophy.

But in Europe, it is a different matter all together.

Star man: Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski helped knock out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 tie

Star man: Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski helped knock out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 tie

Masked man: Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will be forced to wear a mask in Malaga

Masked man: Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will be forced to wear a mask in Malaga

There is little doubt Dortmund, who have already knocked out Manchester City, are an emerging team under highly-rated manager Juergen Klopp.

Now Malaga, another of the season's surprise packages, stand in their way of a semi-final place.

Dortmund's only ever win in Spain came in the same season when they won Europe's biggest club competition in 1997.

A coincidence or destiny Only time will tell.

No panic: Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Brazilian defender Felipe Santana are in relaxed mood ahead of the last-four tie

No panic: Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Brazilian defender Felipe Santana are in relaxed mood ahead of the last-four tie

But Klopp claims Dortmund's 2-1 bruising win over Stuttgart on the weekend, which took its toll on his players, was ideal preparation for the first-leg challenge that lies ahead.

'We got manhandled', he said.

'At times I was worried about the health of my players.

'But it was a good preparation for the Champions League game in Malaga, because they fly into challenges with just as much intensity.'

Despite their underdog tag, Malaga, the Qatari-backed side who were in Spain's Second Division just five years ago, will not just roll over.

Top job: Manuel Pellegrini has defied the odds to lead Malaga into the quarter-finals

Top job: Manuel Pellegrini has defied the odds to lead Malaga into the quarter-finals

The money might have dried up at this cash-strapped club but they have still punched above their weight this season.

As well as reaching the last eight of the Champions League, they are also in the hunt for a top-four finish in La Liga although UEFA have banned them from playing European football next season due to outstanding debts.

'Nobody gave us a chance at the start and yet the players have responded so well,” said coach Manuel Pellegrini.

'We eliminated Porto and that represented a huge achievement for the side. We don't want our run to end here.'

Prized possession: Isco is wanted by Europe's leading clubs

Prized possession: Isco is wanted by Europe's leading clubs

Dortmund will be favourites to progress but they have been hit with injuries.

Marcel Schmelzer will need a face-mask but is likely to play, despite breaking his nose against Stuttgart.

Jakub Blaszczykowski has travelled but is struggling to overcome a groin injury.

Midfielders Sven Bender and Kevin Grosskreutz (ankle) are doubts and Mats Hummels is certain to miss out.

Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 13 goals in as many games, will lead the line and will be supported by Mario Goetze and Marco Reus.

In contrast, Malaga have few injury worries.

Portuguese winger Eliseu has been ruled out with a knee ligament injury but defender Diego Lugano is likely to return.

Ignacio Camacho and Duda are also back in contention after serving suspensions and star striker Isco will start.

Amir Khan fight: Gang member claims credit for attack

Masked gang member claims to have attacked Khan and stolen boxer's car keys

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UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 12 October 2012

A chilling video has emerged of a masked attacker claiming he was part of the gang who confronted Amir Khan earlier this week.

The boxer, 25, and his brother Haroon, were allegedly victims of an attempted car-jacking in Birmingham.

The gang targeted Khan's 100,000 Range Rover but were reportedly 'dropped one by one' by the former world champion.

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Threat: This masked man claims to have attacked Amir Khan

Threat: This masked man claims to have attacked Amir Khan

But Khan's alleged attacker disputes that version of events, screaming: 'I’ll rip your f****** head off. You know the truth, we know the truth. You got knocked the f*** out.

'Next time you can bring an army. Who gives a f*** if you’re Amir Khan. You’re not a hero here, you’re a zero.'

The masked man claims to have a bag, wallet and car keys belonging to Khan.

He adds: ‘Ask him to explain this: Why have I got his f***ing Porsche keys, you waste, why have I got this Louis Vitton f***ing wallet – it’s yours, you waste, and it’s got your 500 Euros in it.’

All smiles: Khan seemed unaffected as he announced his next fight

All smiles: Khan seemed unaffected as he announced his next fight

At one point, the man points to video
footage of Khan’s first career loss to Breidis Prescott and taunts:
‘Look at those legs wobble. Does this man look like he can knock out six
men He looks like a samba dance.

‘You're not welcome in Birmingham, every time you come we’re going to smash you up.’

Birmingham police are now investigating the incident despite initially taking no action.

Khan recently lost his second fight in succession after being knocked out by Danny Garcia.

He returns to action against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15.

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Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1: Shola Ameobi denies visitors fiery derby win

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1: Ameobi pounces at the death to deny visitors fiery derby win

Shola Ameobi rescued a point for Newcastle with a last-minute equaliser in a tempestuous Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland in which eight players were booked and one sent off.

Nicklas Bendtner's first-half penalty looked to have secured victory for Sunderland. The striker gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute when Mike Williamson was been penalised for pulling Michael Turner's shirt and Bendtner slammed home the spot kick past Tim Krul.

The Black Cats then had to defend their lead with just 10 men after Stephane Sessegnon was shown a red card for striking out at Cheik Tiote, and Ameobi pounced in injury time to delight the raucous home fans.

More to follow.

Masked man: Nicklas Bendtner celebrates after putting Sunderland in front from the penalty spot

Masked man: Nicklas Bendtner celebrates after putting Sunderland in front from the penalty spot

Ice-cool: Sunderland striker Bendtner fires his penalty kick into the back of the net

Ice-cool: Sunderland striker Bendtner fires his penalty kick into the back of the net

Spot on: Bendtner's penalty beats Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal and finds the corner

Spot on: Bendtner's penalty beats Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal and finds the corner

Tempers flare: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (right) has words with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew (second left)

Tempers flare: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (right) has words with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew (second left)

MATCH FACTS


Squaring up: Newcastle's Danny Simpson (centre left) and Sunderland's James McClean (centre right)

Squaring up: Newcastle's Danny Simpson (centre left) and Sunderland's James McClean (centre right)

Bayern Munich watch Nicklas Bendtner

Bayern ponder summer move for Bendtner after watching striker in Denmark

Nicklas Bendtner is a target for Bayern Munich after the club's chief scout watched him in action for Denmark in a friendly against Russia in midweek.

The Arsenal striker, 24, on loan at Sunderland until the end of the season, is out of contract in June and will be a prime target as a Bosman.

Masked man: Nicklas Bendtner (centre) in action for Denmark against Russia

Masked man: Nicklas Bendtner (centre) in action for Denmark against Russia

Besiktas 3 Stoke 1: Potters knocked off top spot in Europa League Group E

Besiktas 3 Stoke 1: Potters knocked off top spot after Upson sees red in Istanbul

Stoke”s second string crashed to a defeat in the cacophonous Inonu Stadium that saw Tony Pulis”s side relinquish top spot in Europa League Group E to their conquerors, Besiktas.

The Potters had already qualified for the Europa League knockout stages before tonight, but their much-changed side looked up for a daunting task in Istanbul when Ricardo Fuller handed them the lead after 29 minutes with a wickedly deflected shot.

The home side were always the more threatening but were unable to force an equaliser. But the game changed when Matthew Upson was sent off for bringing down Hugo Almeida when clean through in the penalty area.

Manuel Fernandes scored the resulting penalty and from then on the result appeared a foregone conclusion as Mustafa Pektemek headed in from a corner and then subsistute Edu blasted home a brilliant third.

More to follow.

Game-changing: Matthew Upson (left) fouls Hugo Almeida (right) to concede a penalty

Game-changing: Matthew Upson (left) fouls Hugo Almeida (right) to concede a penalty

Turkish delight: Manuel Fernandes (centre) celebrates with Necip Uysal (right) and Mustafa Pektemek

Turkish delight: Manuel Fernandes (centre) celebrates with Necip Uysal (right) and Mustafa Pektemek

Turkish delight: Ricardo Fuller (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opener in Istanbul

Turkish delight: Ricardo Fuller (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opener in Istanbul

Pulling the trigger: Fuller fires in a deflected shot to put the Potters into the lead

Pulling the trigger: Fuller fires in a deflected shot to put the Potters into the lead

Masked ball: Salif Diao (right) battles for the ball as Veli Kavlak goes down on top of it

Masked ball: Salif Diao (right) battles for the ball as Veli Kavlak goes down on top of it

On the charge: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (right) flies past Egemen Korkmaz

On the charge: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (right) flies past Egemen Korkmaz

MATCH FACTS

Besiktas: Recber, Hilbert, Sivok, Korkmaz, Koybasi, Ernst, Uysal, Holosko, Fernandes, Kavlak, Almeida.

Subs not used: Gonen, Toraman, Pektemek, Dag, Julio Alves, Sidnei, De Oliveira.

Goals: Fernandes, Pektemek, Edu

Booked: Hilbert

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Upson, Diao, Higginbotham, Delap, Palacios, Arismendi, Jones, Jerome, Fuller.

Booked: Begovic, Fuller

Sent off: Upson

Subs not used: Nash, Pennant, Clarkson, Dawson.

Scorer: Fuller 29.

Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland).