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Football: Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund starting line-ups

Starting line-ups from the Champions League quarter-final, first leg match between Real Madrid and Borssia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday: Real Madrid (4-3-3) Iker Casillas (capt); Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Isco, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo Coach: Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1)

Real path to 'decima' blocked by Dortmund again

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - As Real Madrid struggle to maintain their La Liga title bid, a greater emphasis has been placed on winning a 10th European crown and this week they face a Borussia Dortmund side who famously blocked their path last season. As each year passes, the desire for Real to claim a 10th European Cup, or 'decima', has become more of an obsession and president Florentino Perez has spent lavishly to try and make it a reality by bringing in top talent from around the world.

Real path to 'decima' blocked by Dortmund again

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - As Real Madrid struggle to maintain their La Liga title bid, a greater emphasis has been placed on winning a 10th European crown and this week they face a Borussia Dortmund side who famously blocked their path last season. As each year passes, the desire for Real to claim a 10th European Cup, or 'decima', has become more of an obsession and president Florentino Perez has spent lavishly to try and make it a reality by bringing in top talent from around the world.

Football: Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund factfile

Factfile on Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund ahead of the Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Wednesday: Form: Real's hopes of a 33rd La Liga title have taken a huge blow in the past week as having gone 31 games without defeat in all competitions, they were beaten twice in four days by Barcelona and Sevilla. Carlo Ancelotti's men recovered from those disappointments with a 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, but remain in third place behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, three points off the lead with seven games remaining.

Football: German league leading scorers

Leading scorers in the German league after this weekend's matches: 17: Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 16: Drmic (Nuremberg), Lewandowski (Dortmund), Ramos (Hertha Berlin) 14: Firmino (Hoffenheim), Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Rafael (Moenchengladbach) 13: Aubameyang (Dortmund) 12: Lasogga (Hamburg), Modeste (Hoffenheim), Mueller (Bayern Munich), Reus (Dortmund) 11: Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Okazaki (Mainz)

Football: Hat-trick buoys Dortmund's Reus for Real clash

Germany's Marco Reus insists Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 fight-back victory at VfB Stuttgart gave his Bundesliga side a timely confidence booster for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final at Real Madrid. Relegation-threatened Stuttgart raced into a 2-0 lead after just 19 minutes of Saturday's Bundesliga match, but Dortmund fought back as Reus claimed a hat-trick. The three points kept Borussia second in the Bundesliga behind newly-crowned champions Bayern Munich.

Football: Champions Bayern held at home by Hoffenheim

Champions Bayern Munich dropped points for only the third time in the Bundesliga this season as they were held 3-3 at home by Hoffenheim on Saturday. Bayern were confirmed as German champions for the 24th time with a record seven games to spare after Tuesday's 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin but, after partying hard in the capital, the European champions suffered a slight hangover back at their Allianz Arena home.

Football: Champions Bayern held at home by Hoffenheim

Champions Bayern Munich drew only their third Bundesliga match of the season on Saturday when they were held 3-3 at home by Hoffenheim. Bayern were confirmed German league winners for the 24th time with a record seven games to spare after Tuesday's 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin and after partying hard in the capital, the European champions suffered a slight hangover in Munich. Hoffenheim ended Bayern's record run of 19 consecutive Bundesliga wins giving the Munich giants a wake-up call ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Manchester United on Tuesday.

Football: Champions Bayern held at home by Hoffenheim

Champions Bayern Munich drew only their third Bundesliga match of the season on Saturday when they were held 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim. Bayern were confirmed German league winners for the 24th time with a record seven games to spare after Tuesday's 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin and after partying hard in the capital, the European champions suffered a slight hangover in Munich. Hoffenheim ended Bayern's record run of 19 consecutive Bundesliga wins before Munich head to England for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final at Manchester United.

Football: Champions Bayern held at home by Hoffenheim

Champions Bayern Munich drew only their third Bundesliga match of the season on Saturday when they were held 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim. Bayern were confirmed German league winners for the 24th time with a record seven games to spare after Tuesday's 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin and after partying through the night in the capital, they suffered a slight hangover in Munich. Hoffenheim ended Bayern's record run of 19 consecutive Bundesliga wins before Munich head to England for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final at Manchester United.
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