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Dortmund sink Malaga with last-gasp double strike

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DORTMUND (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund scored twice in stoppage time, including a controversial offside goal, to beat Malaga 3-2 and reach the Champions League semi-finals in dramatic fashion on Tuesday.

Malaga appeared to be heading into last four in their debut season in the Champions League but their dreams were dashed when last gasp goals from Marco Reus and Felipe Santana sent the Germans through in a stunning encounter.

Santana's winner left the Malaga players fuming as when the cross came in, four players appeared offside and when the Brazilian defender poked the ball over the line in the dying seconds, he too looked offside.

"I have never experienced anything like this. We were already dead," Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke told reporters.

Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc added: "It is difficult to put this into words. We were lucky tonight. The team missed so many chances but kept on believing."

The Spaniards, who drew 0-0 in the first leg, stunned the 66,000 crowd in Dortmund when Joaquin shook off his markers and drilled in a low shot for the lead in the 25th minute.

Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski drew the hosts level in the 40th minute and they squandered a string of chances in the second half with Reus and Mario Goetze.

Eliseu appeared to seal Dortmund's fate when he put the Spaniards ahead in the 82nd minute but the Germans refused to surrender and sparked wild celebrations among the home fans as they booked their first semi-final spot in Europe's premier club competition in 15 years.

Malaga, who toppled former champions Porto in the previous round and AC Milan in the group stage, looked set to become the first team in Europe this season to beat Dortmund but ended up feeling that they had been robbed of their chance to reach the last four.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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