Dortmund survive Real to reach final

Borussia Dortmund are on their way to Wembley to play their second Uefa Champions League final.

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after their 4-1 win over Real Madrid in their first leg semifinal of the UEFA Champions League on 24 April 2013. Picture: AFP

MADRID - Borussia Dortmund held on by their fingernails to clinch a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday with a 4-3 aggregate win despite losing 2-0 after conceding late goals in a nerve-shredding finish at the Bernabeu.

The German side, who will play in their second final after winning the competition in 1997, survived early pressure from a fired-up Real in the last-four second leg clash before wasting several chances to kill off the home team.

Real, chasing the 10th European crown that has eluded them since 2002, looked down and out before substitute Karim Benzema struck in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos smashed in a second goal five minutes later to given Jose Mourinho's side hope.

"It was tight at the end," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said in a television interview.

"We had our huge chances before that. Had we scored then it would have been over. Overall we played too little football but we won 4-3 over two games and deserve to be in the final."

Real's reverse is also a huge setback for their charismatic coach Mourinho, who was trying to become the first man to win the Champions League with three different clubs after triumphs with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

It is the fifth time the Portuguese has been knocked out in the last four of Europe's elite club competition in seven semifinal attempts.

In typically outspoken fashion, Mourinho complained that Dortmund defender Mats Hummels should have been sent off for handball in the second half but praised his players for "giving their all".

"We had opportunities to score much earlier and then we obviously would have had a better chance," Mourinho, who has refused to commit to staying at Real beyond the end of this season, told Spanish TV.

"Near the end we almost got there but almost does not exist. Either you make it or you don't and we didn't make it," he added.

"We have had three strong seasons with almost, almost, almost. I hope that in the future, and obviously that it happens soon, we can leave the almost behind and get to the final."