Borussia Dortmund looked done and dusted with eight minutes left to play, but two goals in stoppage time gave the Germans a shocking comeback as they advanced to the semifinals of the Champions League.
Malaga will be sore about the final goal appearing offside but Dortmund fans will counter that Malaga's second goal of the night was offside as well. In the end it was a stunning game and a stunning comeback on a magical night at the Westfalenstadion
Robert Lewandowski had the best early chance for Dortmund, receiving the ball roughly 25-yards from the Malaga goal and spotting Wilfredo Caballero cheating off his line a bit. The Polish striker launched an ambitious chip that beat the keeper but sailed over the crossbar and out of danger.
Dortmund continued to control the match but were stymied at every turn by Malaga's well organized plan. Then in the 22nd minute, Malaga snatched an away goal.
A long ball into the Dortmund end wasn't dealt with well by the defense and Julio Baptista was able to control it and find Joaquín at the top of the box. The midfielder played a nice one-two with Isco before abusing Marcel Schmelzer with a wicked cut back and placing a low shot past Roman Weidenfeller at the near post.
The Westfalenstadion was stunned and so were the eleven players in yellow and black on the pitch. Dortmund seemed punch drunk and it took them a few minutes to settle back down after the goal. Malaga meanwhile continued to efficiently shut down Dortmund's attacking attempts on a consistent basis, frustrating the young BVB side.
Then in the 38th minute, Dortmund's attack finally clicked.
It started with a turnover in the midfield as the ball was moved to the right to Mario Götze down the wing. The midfielder's centering cross was directed forward to Lewandowski thanks to a ridiculous back-heel by Marco Reus. Lewandowski then did what he does back, flicking his shot past the advancing Caballero and pulling the home side even at 1-1.
On the final kick of the first half, Joaquín caught the Dortmund defense sleeping and was able to to get a clean header on frame off Duda's free kick. Weidenfeller was all over it though and made a fine save to prevent Malaga for claiming a second goal.
Weidenfeller was the hero again in the 48th minute after Malaga nearly scored on another set piece from deep outside the Dortmund area. Joaquín was involved again, receiving a headed down ball off the free kick completely unmarked in front of the goal. His shot look destined for the back of the net but Weidenfeller's superb diving save denied him a second goal in the game.
Weidenfeller stood on his head again in the 69th minute, punching away a wicked 30-yard screamer from Jeremy Toulalan. The save was all the better by the fact that Neven Subotic was setting a bit of an unintentional screen on the shot.
Caballero, not to be out done by his German counterpart, made a spectacular save in the 75th minute, denying what looked like a sure goal off the foot of Reus from close range. Caballero did in against two minutes later, leaving his left leg out and deflecting an effort from Götze just past the far post. Absolutely stunning goalkeeping at both ends tonight.
In the 82nd minute, the officials missed an offside call as Eliseu tapped in a ball rolled across the box by Baptisa, giving Malaga what appeared to be a dagger second goal. Replays showed Eliseu was in an offside position before playing the ball and he might not even have needed to make the touch to ensure the ball would cross the line.
But this game wasn't over yet.
Dortmund picked up a goal right at the start of stoppage time after Felipe Santana made a nuisance of himself in the box and allowed Marco Reus to knock in a rebound to make it 2-2, but Dortmund still needed one more.
A minute later, it was Dortmund who capitalized on an apparent missed offside call after Santana appeared to be in the goal, behind the keeper. Lewandowski sent the initial ball in from the left and it was moved in front of the goal by Reus where Julian Schieber mis-hit his shot, but Santana was there to poke it over the goal line. Caballero was furious with the officials and rightfully so it appeared, but one could argue there was some justice as Malaga's second goal was also offside.
Either what it was a stunning finish and Borussia Dortmund will live to play another day in the Champions League