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Hummels guides Dortmund to Champions League final
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Hummels guides Dortmund to Champions League final

Sports Desk, May 8 (EFE). – A thumping header from Mats Hummels was enough for Borussia Dortmund to secure their first Champions League final in 11 years thanks to a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the competition. semi-final in Paris on Tuesday.

Dortmund, who won 2-0 on aggregate, will face German rivals Bayern Munich or Spanish side Real Madrid in the final at Wembley Stadium on June 1, in what would be their third ever Champions League final.

Edin Terzic’s men showed strong determination to thwart the Parisians, who hit the woodwork four times after twice in the first leg to leave the entire match without a goal, the third time they have done so at their stadium in Europe in recent forty games.

The ineffectiveness in scoring spoiled the efforts of coach Luis Enrique, who was left dejected after his side’s numerous failed attempts on goal.

“The predominant feeling is mainly sadness,” Enrique said after the match.

“We can’t say it any other way. We were not inferior in terms of the two legs. Football is a strange game, sometimes unfair.

“Despite 31 shots on target, we couldn’t score. But you win games by scoring goals, not by hitting the woodwork.”

The result was particularly frustrating for striker Kylian Mbappé, who played possibly his last European match in Paris as a PSG player.

Dortmund were rewarded for their orderly play and the military discipline the players showed in front of their impressive fans, who painted a corner of the Parc des Princes yellow and challenged the loud local fans with their chants.

Trailing after the first leg, Paris knew they had no choice but to attack, prompting Enrique to bring on Gonçalo Ramos to join Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele in attack.

But Terzic from Dortmund had another idea, more laborious and patient, which gradually absorbed the pressure.

Mbappé made a tame effort early in the match, but as the minutes passed the Germans’ rhythm began to take over.

A counter-attack by Karim Adeyemi in the 35th minute could have even given the Germans the lead in the first half.

But a good intervention from Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved PSG, who came onto the field with full force in the second half only to miss their goal.

Zaire-Emery crashed the ball into the post early in the half, minutes before Hummels’ goal came via a header from a corner.

“It’s almost surreal. I think in the big picture we deserved to reach the final,” said Terzic.

“We came here to face a team that has so many qualities. It’s all down to teamwork, with a bit of luck too. I am very proud of my team, my staff and the entire club.”

It took PSG a few minutes to recover from the blow, but they soon regained control and carried the momentum with them.

Ramos sent a ball over the crossbar and Nuno Mendes hit another ball against the post with a long shot in the 61st minute.

Fear did not overwhelm the Germans, who regained their defensive position and once again dampened the attack of the French team.

Mbappé hit the post with a new ball in the 86th minute and two minutes later it was Vitinha’s turn to taste the wood. EFE

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