Dortmund look to avenge Portuguese hurt

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Borussia Dortmund will be looking for revenge in Oporto tomorrow night when they face Boavista.

Two years ago, a 1-0 defeat against the Portuguese side ended their Champions' League campaign at the group stage, and Dortmund are set on revenge, despite the news that Otto Addo, Guiseppe Reina and Jorg Heinrich remain injured.

The Borussia Dortmund captain, Stefan Reuter, said: "We were very bad then. We will play much better this time."

The Dortmund coach, Matthias Sammer, added: "We failed to beat Liverpool last week, that's why we need to win this match.

"Everyone said that Liverpool and ourselves would make the next round easily, but now you can see what statements like that are worth – nothing."

Boavista, who lead the group with four points, are two points clear of Dortmund and Liverpool.

However, Dortmund's current form is woeful, their last win came on 18 August, a 2-0 league victory over Hansa Rostock which took them to the top of the Bundesliga. Confidence within the squad appears to have dipped in recent weeks, but a win in Portugal would change that.

The midfielder Pedro Santos is expected miss out for Boavista. Santos was injured in Saturday's match at Gil Vicente, when Boavista won 3-0 thanks to a Marcio Mexerica hat-trick.

Pedro Emanuel and Serginho could also miss out, according to Boavista's coach, Jaime Pacheco.

Emanuel, the club's captain, has a right knee problem, while Serginho is suffering with his left leg, but both could yet feature. The defender Jorge Silva and the forward Joaquim Martelinho are long-term injury absentees.

Paulo Turra is expected to play, and he is only looking at victory. "I believe we can reach the second phase of the Champions' League. For that we have to beat Dortmund here in Do Bessa," he said. "If we win, then we may only need one point from the other three games. As I see it, we have second place easily in our sights."

Talking to the Portuguese radio station TSF, he added: "We are aware of the threat posed by Borussia Dortmund, especially their physical power. We have to keep focused if we don't want to be surprised."

Elsewhere, Real Madrid may be on the verge of qualification to the second phase, having already won their opening two Champions' League games, but they will not be underestimating tonight's opponents, Anderlecht.

The Spaniards may be more famous and celebrated, but the Belgian giants have pulled off some upsets in recent times, including a 2-0 victory over Real last year in Brussels.

Real's coach, Vicente del Bosque, has chosen to leave the Brazilians Flavio Conceicão and Savio out of his squad. The central defender, Fernando Hierro, may be rested after he was substituted in the second half of Madrid's 5-1 win over Espanyol with a slight muscle problem.

There is a recall for the striker Fernando Morientes, who has recovered from a knee injury. Morientes is likely to start on the bench, while Cesar Sanchez has a chance of playing in goal instead of Iker Casillas as Del Bosque continues his policy of giving match time to both goalkeepers.

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