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Borussia Dortmund out of Champions League

Borussia Dortmund crashed out of the Champions League in some style on Tuesday night, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in their quarter-final second leg but still losing 3-2 on aggregate.

Borussia Dortmund out of Champions League
Two goals from Marco Reus were not enough to see Dortmund through. Photo: DPA

Germany winger Marco Reus scored both Borussia's goals to spark  hopes of the hosts reaching the semi-finals.

Real held on but clearly missed their star performer Cristiano Ronaldo, who was on the bench because he had not recovered fully from the knock to the knee he took in the first leg.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp delivered on his pre-match promise that his side would bow out in style.
  
"This game is one for the archives, a video must be made and all teams who lose the first leg 3-0 must be shown it to say, 'it can still happen'," said Klopp.
   
"I am proud of the image the boys have given of Borussia Dortmund."
   
Dortmund could easily have finished with the 4-0 result they needed to take them through as midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the post in the second-half with the goal at his mercy, then fired a shot straight at goalkeeper Ilker Casillas.
   
"Neither of his chances were easy," said Klopp.
   
"It happens in football, we missed other chances, Kevin (Grosskreutz) had one and we missed five or six chances in Madrid.
   
"With a goal at Real and one extra tonight, we'd have been through, but it would be great to judge the match as a whole and not only on the two missed chances."
 
Captain Casillas said Real Madrid were given a Champions League wake-up call as they lost to last season's beaten finalists.
 
"Maybe it's good for us to receive a wake-up call like that from time to time," said Casillas.
   
"We committed errors at the back that cost us and we cannot commit in the semi-finals."
 

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FOOTBALL

Beer sherpa: Dortmund fans offer free tickets ‘forever’ in return for beer-carrying duties

A group of Dortmund fans have advertised online for a ‘beer sherpa’ to bring them fresh beers while they watch from the club’s famous Yellow Wall. The successful applicant will receive free tickets to every match in return.

Beer sherpa: Dortmund fans offer free tickets 'forever' in return for beer-carrying duties
Photo: DPA

Getting another round of beers while keeping an eye on the action at Germany’s biggest football stadium can be tough. The remedy? A professional ‘beer sherpa’ to ensure you never run dry. 

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A group of fans from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund fans advertised the position of a professional beer carrier at the stadium’s famous southern stand (Südtribune). 

“You always wanted to watch Dortmund but you never get a ticket? No problem! We’ll get you a ticket for every game – forever!”

The sherpa is required to head to the bar “four or five times a game” to bring a new round, at the expense of the fans of course.

Each round should consist of eight beers, otherwise known as a “man’s purse” – as the cardboard trays used to carry beer are known. 

'Everything you've always dreamed of'

Besides a highly sought-after ticket to every game – the Westfalenstadion is the biggest constantly sold out stadium in Europe – the successful applicant will also have beers paid for, as well as the opportunity to engage in some serious-level football fandom. 

“You can watch the game with us from the south stand, you can cheer on Borussia, you can listen to our substantive discussions, you can throw one back with us. Everything you want and you've always dreamed of. “

The ad was originally posted on eBay classifieds in Germany on Monday and has unsurprisingly attracted overwhelming attention. 

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Writing on eBay, the football fans said they needed to develop an effective and fair vetting process to ensure the best candidate won. 

“You are insane!” they said. 

“There have been so many fans who would like to have a beer in the stadium with us that we now have to sit down with a round of pilsettes (beers) and figure out how we can work through the whole process fairly, transparently and smoothly.”

For anyone who is interested, the position is still open – although any budding beer sherpas will have to be quick. 

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