So much of the game's build-up focused on the exquisite talent of Mario Gotze. Back in 2011, German legend Franz Beckenbauer hailed the youngster as "the next Messi." Always a silly comparison to make, but his point is obvious (via BBC Sport).
Gotze had an extremely poor night against Malaga.
Opportunities presented to the 20-year-old could have Dortmund through to the semifinal already. Gotze's chances started as early as the 13th minute when he latched on to a towering Robert Lewandowski header on the halfway line. Although he should have been flagged for offside, Gotze approached Caballero's goal in a one-on-one situation, only to drag his shot wide.
Five minutes later, another opportunity presented itself when Dortmund nicked the ball off a sloppy defensive pass. Gotze should have tested the goalkeeper once more but failed to grab a crucial opener. This continued into the second half when Gotze raced beyond Demichelis and shot wide with a large portion of the goal at his mercy.
Gotze managed three shots on target out of five—but in all honesty—should have notched up a comfortable lead for the visitors.