Spanish Squads in Deep Holes
Borussia Dortmund's coach Jurgen Klopp looks at his watch during a training session in Madrid, Monday, April 29, 2013. Borussia Dortmund will play a Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match against Real Madrid on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Madrid — Real Madrid needs to overturn a three-goal deficit to reach its 13th European Cup final. It’s a deficit Los Blancos have overcome before.
“This is our last chance to put things right,” Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira said ahead of tonight’s Champions League semifinal against Borussia Dortmund. “In the first leg, we didn’t convince as a team and we produced a weak performance. Now we have to achieve the impossible.”
Real Madrid lost the first leg of the total-goals series 4-1 last Wednesday in Germany.
Madrid recovered from the same deficit against England’s Derby with a 5-1 overtime win to advance to the 1975-76 Champions Cup quarterfinals. In the third round of the 1984-85 UEFA Cup, Madrid beat Anderlecht 6-1 in the second leg after opening with a 3-0 loss on the road. And in the same round of the following year’s UEFA Cup, Madrid routed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 in the second leg after losing 5-1 in Germany.
A day later, Barcelona tries to rally from a 4-0 deficit against Bayern Munich and reach the May 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
MLS Officials Unionize
New York — Major League Soccer’s referees and their assistants are unionizing.
The match officials said yesterday they had voted to certify the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) as their collective bargaining agent in a vote conducted under the rules of the National Labor Relations Board. Referees, linesman and fourth officials are included in the bargaining unit.
Elma, n.y. — Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach has been cleared to play after missing her team’s National Women’s Soccer League’s home-opener due to a head injury last weekend
The Flash (0-2-1) announced yesterday that Wambach is set to take the field Wednesday night, when the team hosts Sky Blue FC.
The U.S. national team star was held out for precautionary reasons against Boston on Saturday. Wambach was hurt a week earlier when she was struck in the back of the head by a ball. She kept playing during the second half of a 1-1 tie at Washington.
The game will be a homecoming for Wambach. She is from Rochester, where the Flash play.