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Goetze rues profligate display

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Goetze was frustrated by his inability to convert chances in his side’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Malaga.

Juergen Klopp’s men had a handful of opportunities to take an away goal into the second leg of the quarter-final tie, with three falling to the 20-year-old, but some wasteful finishing saw the hosts keep a clean sheet at La Rosaleda on Wednesday.

Goetze was denied two times within five minutes when one-on-one with Willy Caballero in the first half and lashed wide from a great position a few yards out after the interval.

“I could’ve helped the team out a great deal by scoring at least one goal,” the German international told reporters after the match.

“It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to do that. We still have to be satisfied with the result and we still have a return leg.”

But team-mate Ilkay Gundogan defended Goetze, insisting that the misses will not be dwelled upon.

“We showed a good performance for an away match and created several decent chances,” Gundogan said. “Mario had three or four (chances) and he usually puts at least one of those away. It wasn’t meant to be but it was also important to keep a clean sheet.”

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller also emphasised the importance of keeping a clean sheet, saying: “We can be satisfied with 0-0.

“Our goal was to keep a clean sheet. It’s a shame we didn’t score. I’m satisfied nonetheless. Nothing is decided yet but we can set things straight at our home ground.”

Thu 4 April, 2013
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