The loss ended the fairy-tale dream of a team that aspired in the UCL in spite of the obstacles. It is a story that deserves to be told as a lesson for future generations.
It has not been an easy season for Malaga CF in the UCL. The Spanish club fell afoul of the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations and was banned one season by the organization.
UEFA has not ruled out another seasonal ban on the club if its budget is not balanced. Malaga CF also owes wages to its players and taxes to the Spanish Government.
The history of Malaga in the current UCL begins in the playoffs against Panathinakos of Greece. After defeating the Greeks on their home turf and a scoreless draw in Greece, Malaga advanced to the Group Stage.
Malaga was placed in Group C with AC Milan, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Anderlecht. The first leg of the Group Stage resulted in victories against the three clubs.
The second leg resulted in great matches that resulted in a tie. Malaga was able to advance to the Round of 16 after winning first place with 12 points.
The match against Porto in the Round of 16 resulted in a defeat in the first leg. The two teams met in the second leg with Isco and Roque Santa Cruz scoring for Malaga.
The result was advancement to the Quarter-finals for the Spanish team. Malaga faced one-time UCL winner Borussia Dortmund. The first leg was to be held in Spain and the second in Germany.
It was expected that Malaga would defeat Dortmund in its home stadium of La Rosaleda. Unfortunately, Malaga's fairy-tale story was beginning to unravel as the match resulted in a scoreless draw.
Malaga faced Dortmund in the BVB Stadion Dortmund in Germany. The Germans had the advantage in the second leg.
Malaga proved to be a tough opponent in the second leg. Joaquin scored for Malaga and Robert Lewandowski equalized for the Germans.
Eliseu scored for the Spanish team and then everything went wrong at the last minute. The last two goals for Dortmund ended Malaga’s UCL dreams.
The lesson that should be learned is that any team can advance in international competitions in spite of obstacles. Malaga CF may have lost a match but won respect for its ability to perform in the face of adversity.
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