Champions League: Howard Webb to referee Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

English match official will take charge of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund

Isaac Asante
Published 04/29/2013 09:25 by Isaac Asante, read by 4,026 people.

English referee Howard Webb will officiate Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

It will be the fourth time that Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final, will take charge of a Champions League match involving Real Madrid.

The 41-year-old officiated the match between Los Blancos and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last season, while he also refereed the 2-2 draw between AC Milan and Real at the San Siro in the Champions League group stages of the 2010-11 season.

He first presided a match involving Real in September 2007, when the Spanish giants hosted Werder Bremen at the Bernabeu, in a game that the Whites won 2-1.

Remarkably, Real Madrid have never scored more than two goals in their games refereed by Webb. Many fans would argue that it is all because of Webb's decisions going against them.

Nonetheless, the facts are the facts, and should Real Madrid be limited to two goals once again at the Bernabeu on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund, then it will be the end of their Champions League campaign this season – regardless of what their German do.

Real Madrid lost 4-1 at Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of their semi-final last Wednesday.

Like their arch-rivals Barcelona, who were shocked 4-0 at the Allianz Arena the day before, they have no option but to try and complete an unforgettable comeback.

First-leg goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo missed Real’s game at the weekend against local rivals Atletico Madrid due to an injury sustained in Germany, but he is expected to start against Dortmund.

Should Real Madrid reach Wembley, the winger will be qualifying for his second final since 2009.

Ronaldo’s last performance in a final took place when Manchester United lost to eventual champions Barcelona in Rome..


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