Borussia Dortmund eliminated from Champions League at group stage

Borussia Dortmund have been eliminated from the Champions League in dramatic circumstances as they blew a 2-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Marseille in their final group game.

The German side began the game on the front foot and came close to taking the lead almost immediately but for Robert Lewandowski’s shot being well saved from Steve Mandanda in the opposite goal.

Midway through the first half, Dortmund took a deserved lead when Jakub Blaszczykowski finished from close range. A 4-goal victory was required to give the German side any hope of making it to the elimination rounds and they were half-way there when Mats Hummels converted a penalty just past the half hour mark.

4 minutes into first half stoppage time, Loic Remy beat Lukasz Piszczek to Morgan Amalfitano’s cross to head a goal back for the 2010/11 Ligue 1 runners-up.

Remy’s goal appeared to give Marseille some self-belief as they came out on top at the start of the second half.

Injuries to both Sebastian Kehl and Mario Götze in this game unbalanced the German champions who failed to carry over their first half performance into the second.

All hopes of qualification were put to bed when Andre Ayew headed in an equaliser unmarked from a corner with 5 minutes left on the clock. 2 minutes later, Mathieu Valbuena scored a wonder goal to complete the Marseille comeback and see the 1993 Champions League winners progress to the knockout stages.

Borussia Dortmund finish bottom of Group F, eliminating them from European competition entirely. English Premier League side Arsenal win the group, whilst Greek side Olympiacos move into the Europa League.

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