Highlights and context on Málaga’s survival against Borussia Dortmund

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As you watch Willy Caballero keep Málaga in today’s match against Borussia Dortmund, consider some of the things the highlights miss which tell us something about how leg two might unfold:

  • Málaga’s going to be without Weligton. They’ll also be without Manuel Iturra, both players suspended after accumulating too many yellow cards. Diego Lugano’s going to come in as will Ignacio Camacho, but Manuel Pellegrini’s going to be without two of his starters.
  • The highlights make it seem like Borussia Dortmund were about to pile on Málaga, but they finished with six shots on goal – a reasonable number. Málaga had three and held 50 percent of the ball, so if you’re an optimistic fan, you can convince yourself that a little tightening up in defense and some better tracking of Mario Götze could slow BVB down.

But the biggest hint of what we’ll see in leg two is in the highlights. Though they kept a clean sheet, Málaga had a lot of trouble with Dortmund’s attack, with Mario Gótze and Marco Reus having gilt edge chances to give BVB the lead.

In Germany, Jakub Błaszczykowski will be back, and Mats Hummels may return in defense. And of course, Dortmund will be at home.

For Málaga, there may be just as many clouds as silver linings.