Noble brace sees off Rovers
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:33:00
Ecstatic Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admitted his side's dramatic win over Malaga in the UEFA Champions League was the best experience of his career.
Dortmund produced one of the greatest comebacks in European Cup history as they scored twice in injury-time to progress to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
Malaga looked to be heading to the last four thanks to goals from Joaquin and Eliseu, but late replies from Marco Reus and Felipe Santana completed an unlikely comeback.
Asked if he ever seen a game like that before, Klopp told Sky Sports: "No, I wouldn't have. I did wish today I would see this.
"This is one face of football - one very disappointed team in this moment and one lucky team - it was unbelievable.
"We made, I think, our worst game in the Champions League. The first half we showed a bit of nerves - not our best football.
"In the second half we tried a bit better and they were two clever this evening, it was not easy.
"We got the goal and we made it. It is unbelievable what happens in this stadium - it was crazy."
Dortmund's winning goal should have been ruled out for offside with television replays showing Santana was offside when he prodded the ball over the line, but Klopp felt the decision cancelled out Malaga's second goal which replays also showed was offside.
"I heard the second goal too [was offside] and this is very important information," added Klopp.
"Over the two games we are the deserved winner so now everything is OK, but I cannot describe what happened inside me.
"I think I have to go to the doctor, but it was really crazy it was a like a championship, it's not a championship, but it felt like it.
"In the dressing room my assistants and me were looking at each other in shock. We are in the semi-final, nobody could believe who knew us a few years ago. Now it's really crazy but one of the best things I have ever felt."
Asked if his side could go on to win the Champions League, Klopp added: "If we play like tonight, no, but if we play like we have in the Champions League, the passion of tonight we are really hard to play, difficult to play as we will see but now we have got the target and we reached it."
Stephen Foster's injury-time strike had implications at both ends of the table as relegation strugglers Barnsley grabbed a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The home side ended the night six points clear of second-placed Hull but would have expected to win tonight, especially after finally taking the lead just before the hour mark.Defender Ben Turner was the unlikely scorer, guiding Kim Bo-kyung's corner home.
But the Bluebirds were not able to add to that and paid the price in the fifth minute of added time when Foster's deflected leveller ensured a draw.In doing so, he put his side two points clear of the drop zone.
Barnsley's South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday went one better, stealing a victory moments from the full-time whistle at Millwall.
Nadjim Abdou gave the home side the lead after only two minutes but Wednesday fought back and drew level through Miguel Angel Llera five minutes before half-time.
That looked to be enough for the night until substitute Chris Maguire struck in injury-time at the Den.
Wednesday leapt into 14th place as a result, six points clear of the bottom three, with Millwall one point worse off with a game in hand.
Noble's first goal came totally against the run of play after Rovers had forced the pace in the first half hour without really looking like scoring.
Kyle Bennett hit a fierce volley just wide in the 15th minute and Andy Griffin had a scorching 25-yard strike parried by Mark Gillespie 10 minutes later.
Carlisle had not posed a threat but they went ahead in the 33rd minute when a 25-yard free-kick from Noble took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall and looped over goalkeeper Gary Woods into the net.
Rovers came out for the second half with a renewed sense of urgency and determination, with Bennett hitting an angled shot over the crossbar in the 53rd minute.
Chris Brown had a powerful header brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Gillespie before John Lundstram saw a low 20-yard effort saved a minute later.
Brown was out of luck again when he fired against the woodwork in the 67th minute before Carlisle reasserted themselves in the closing stages.
James Berrett had a shot cleared off the line by Jamie McCombe and Noble clinched the points four minutes later when he lashed home a terrific 20-yard shot following a quick-fire break-away.