Essien To Face Borussia Dortmund In Uefa Champions League Semis

Posted On Friday, 12th April 2013

Michael Essien's Real will face Dortmund

Michael Essien’s Real will face Dortmund

Michael Essien’s Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League.

Jose Mourinho’s men were drawn against the German outfit at Friday’s draw with Dortmund expected to host the first leg tie.

The draw also saw Bayern Munich being paired against Spanish side Barcelona.

Dortmund are the only unbeaten team remaining in the competition, and will be pitted against Real for the second time in this season’s tournament.

The Bundesliga holders won a tough group which included Real, Manchester City and Ajax.

Essien has recovered in time for the big showdown against the German side on April 24.

Dortmund scraped their way into the semi-finals, after two stoppage-time goals against Malaga at the Westfalenstadion.

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are in sensational form in the competition, having beaten Juventus in the quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s loyalties will be split when Barca take on Bayern with both sides hoping to win their fifth European Cup.

He led the Catalan giants to two Champions League trophies during his remarkably successful tenure in Barcelona.

But he will be hoping for future glories with last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich, who he will take charge of next campaign when Jupp Heynckes leaves his post.

The first legs of the semi-finals will be played on April 23 and April 24, with the second legs taking place on April 30 and May 1.