BORUSSIA Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke locked himself in a Bernabeu toilet as he could not bear to watch the final minutes of the Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
The German side conceded two late goals before clinging on to secure a 4-3 aggregate win and book their place in the final at Wembley. “It seems we only can do it with drama,” Watzke said on the club website.
“For the first time in my life I had to give up due to heart problems. I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch. I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head.”
Director of sport Michael Zorc also admitted he struggled to cope with the nailbiting finish, and five minutes of injury time, after goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put the hosts within sight of a remarkable fightback.
“We have earned ourselves a huge reputation in Europe. In the last minutes I was close to a heart attack. But when there is a positive outcome, it’s all good.
“It was great. In the second half we played a really good game. In the space of ten minutes we had four golden chances. When you don’t take them then you are often punished. That’s why it was really tight again. That was not in the plan. But, in retrospect, it was only a slight deviation from the plan.”
• Another Chinese golf prodigy will set a youngest-ever record in this week’s China Open. When Ye Wo-cheng tees off today, he will become the youngest ever player in a European Tour event, at 12 years, 242 days.
The Dongguan schoolboy will be 287 days younger than compatriot Guan Tian-lang, who was 13 years, 177 days when he competed in last year’s China Open. Guan went on to make more history last month when he became the youngest ever to compete in the Masters, then make the cut.
• Swansea City have had their players inoculated against measles following an outbreak in south Wales, with more than 1,000 cases diagnosed.
Health officials say that around 5,000 local young people in the region still need vaccinations, and League Cup winners Swansea have taken no chances, inoculating both their first-team players and members of the club’s youth academy.
“Given that the club is in the outbreak zone, we had a thorough check of which players had not received their second jabs,” said a spokesman.