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Football: Dortmund boss praises last-grasp Langerak


Australian Mitchell Langerak came in for some special praise from Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp after the reserve goalkeeper pulled off a great save in the Champions League semi-finalists' 2-1 Bundesliga win at Duesseldorf.

The 24-year-old Langerak was on the bench for Dortmund's 4-1 win over Real Madrid in last Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg, but played the 90 minutes of Saturday's win at Fortuna Duesseldorf.

After Dortmund took a 2-0 lead, Duesseldorf midfielder Adam Bodzek pulled a goal back with a header two minutes from time before Langerak pushed defender Martin Latka's shot onto the post to give his side three points.

"I am really happy with the game, Mitch pulled off a series of saves," said Klopp, as Mitchell made his third Bundesliga appearance of the season as understudy to captain Roman Weidenfeller.

"If we had conceded a goal at the end of the game, it wouldn't have been undeserved."

Midfielder Nuri Sahin put Dortmund ahead with a stunning goal from 35 metres out before Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski scoring in the 70th minute, 60 seconds after coming off the bench.

Dortmund travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday for their Champions League semi-final, second leg with the Ruhr Valley club bidding for their second European final appearance having won the 1997 title.