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Blaszczykowski hopeful ahead of Real clash

23 April 2013 16:47

Jakub Blaszczykowski believes Borussia Dortmund can maintain their unbeaten run in Europe this season.

The Polish international was full of praise for his side's performances in the UEFA Champions League this season and remained confident of progression to the final despite facing Real Madrid in the last four.

Dortmund's late comeback against Malaga sealed their place in the semi-finals and also maintained their unbeaten record, something that Blaszczykowski is keen to extend.

"What we have achieved so far has been outstanding," Blaszczykowski said.

"We are undefeated in the Champions League and hope to maintain that run until the end."

The midfielder missed out as Dortmund took four points from the Spanish opponents during the group stages of the competition.

Being forced to watch the games from the sidelines enabled Blaszczykowski to analyse his side's performances and he felt the earlier encounters were some of his side's best showings this season.

"We played Madrid in the group stage and won 2-1," he said.

"That was a great game. Then we went to Madrid and put in one of our greatest performances."

On Madrid's last visit to the Dortmund in October the atmosphere created by the home fans inspired the home side to victory and Blaszczykowski expects to get the same again for the first leg against the nine-time European champions.

"I have been here for six years and I know our supporters will be fully behind us tomorrow," he added.

"Because here in Dortmund, BVB is more important than anything else."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
24 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1
On aggregate
4 - 3
Venue
Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund)
Attendance
65829

Goals

R. Lewandowski 8'
(assist by M. Götze) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
43' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by G. Higuaín)
R. Lewandowski 50'
(assist by M. Reus) 
2 - 1
3 - 1
R. Lewandowski (PG) 66'  
4 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
22
8
1
18
21
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