CL: Borussia Dortmund pray for miracle as Ronaldo returns for Madrid
Borussia Dortmund insist they have not given up hope of a Champions League miracle in tonight's quarter-final, second-leg against Real Madrid, even with the Spaniards holding a 3-0 lead
Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund insist they have not given up hope of a Champions League miracle in tonight's quarter-final, second-leg against Real Madrid, even with the Spaniards holding a 3-0 lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo. Pic/Getty Images
Last season's finalists Dortmund stand on the verge of a Champions League exit as they need to over-turn the huge deficit at their Westfalenstadion after last Wednesday's defeat at Madrid's Bernabeu.
World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is set to start after he was forced off with a slight knee problem towards the end of the first leg, having scored Real's third goal, and was rested for Saturday's 4-0 win away to Real Sociedad.
The 29-year-old Portugal star trained with the Madrid squad on Sunday and looks set to travel to northern Germany.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with how his side coped without Ronaldo as goals from Asier Illarramendi, Gareth Bale, Pepe and Alvaro Morata sealed a convincing victory at Sociedad.
Madrid's Italian manager was particularly pleased not to have picked up any more injuries. "This victory reinforces the team and, moreover, we avoided injuries and showed a good level physically," he said.
Angel di Maria is also expected to start at Dortmund after only appearing as a substitute against Sociedad.
Robert Lewandowski, who was suspended for the first leg, will be an obvious concern to the Real back four.