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In a thrillingly intense duel, Dortmund qualified for the Champions League final in London. Man of the match Mats Hummels scored twice against the capital club.

Dortmund Surprise the Odds

Before the second leg, Edin Terzic had warned that Dortmund would find it difficult to reach the semi-finals based on the favourites. However, the team ranked fifth in the Bundesliga reached the Champions League final for the second time in 11 years, demonstrating their ability to defy the odds.

In an impressive display of mastery, Dortmund dominated the pitch despite having a smaller squad than their opponents. The team struck the fatal blow, showing decisive determination and efficiency.

This achievement is all the more remarkable given that Dortmund is a club whose main owners are its own fans, silencing those who believe that only state-backed clubs can reach such heights.

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Like all great competitors, PSG had to contend with the vagaries of fate. Nico Schlotterbeck’s deflection skimmed the frame instead of finding the net. Mats Hummels’ tackle narrowly missed the target, denying Ousmane Dembélé a golden opportunity.

Warren Zaire-Emery hit the upright from a tight angle, while long-range strikes from Nuno Mendes and Vitiniha hit the post and crossbar respectively. Mbappé’s effort hit the bar four minutes from time.

PSG hit the woodwork six times (combined), but failed to score a single goal on the scoreboard. In both matches, fate smiled on Dortmund, while PSG lacked composure, as Reus pointed out after the match.

A Legendary Epic for Dortmund

After overcoming a tough group including PSG, AC Milan and Newcastle, Dortmund toppled Atlético Madrid in a scenario worthy of Hollywood. This team of football artists reached the final of the Champions League, in a season in which they seemed to be plagued by inconsistency in the Bundesliga.

Hummels, BVB’s Hero

For a team whose pieces have finally come together, it was only logical that Mats Hummels should win the Man of the Match award. The 35-year-old has played every minute in Europe this season, and tonight in Paris was another example. An outstretched foot to stop Mbappé, 78% of his tackles successful, and in his 506th match, perhaps the most important goal of his career.

This is Beirut’s Editorial Notes

Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma (5) – Hakimi (4) – Marquinhos (6) – Beraldo (4) – Mendes (4) – Zaire – Emery (3) – Lee (5) – Vitinha (5) – Ruiz (4) – Asencio (3) – Dembele (4) – Ramos (3) – Barcola (5) – Mbappé (2).

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel (7) – Ryerson (7) – Hummels (9) – Schlotterbeck (8) – Maatsen (6) – Sancho (4) – Süle (6) – Sabitzer (6) – Can (7) – Brandt (8) – Nmecha (8) – Adeyemi (6) – Reus (6) – Füllkrug (6).