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Dortmund must win, Bayern nearly through

The second round of quarterfinal matches for Germany's two remaining Champions League squads will be a tight-rope walk for Dortmund, but nearly a cake-walk for Bayern.

[38565333] Spain Soccer Champions League Malaga's Jeremy Toulalan, center, is challenged by Dortmund's Felipe Santana of Brazil, right, during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Malaga CF and Borussia Dortmund in Malaga, Spain, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)

Fußball Champions League Malaga CF gegen Borussia Dortmund

Bayern secured a comfortable 2-0 win at home against Juventus and will likely maintain their momentum from securing the Bundesliga title over the weekend to simply steamroll the Italians in the second round.

Barring a complete implosion by Jupp Heynckes' men, who have looked stunning in all competitions all season long, Bayern's ticket to the Champions League semifinals is all but punched.

Time for goals in Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund face a must-win situation against Malaga after only managing a 0-0 draw last week on the road.

They cannot afford the missed opportunities that plagued that match. Numerous chances for goals were left on the pitch, and while some were saved due to goalkeeping heroics by Malaga's Willy Caballero, others simply missed the mark, adding pressure to Tuesday's encounter.

Malaga weren't without chances of their own, and rose to the challenge of meeting an intimidating foe the likes of Dortmund. Indeed, it is the Spaniards with nothing to lose – having never before reached this stage of the Champions League – and unless Dortmund can collect themselves for a solid match in front of their home crowd, they could be left scratching their heads as Malaga move on.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MARCH 02: Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp reacts to on the sidelines during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 at Signal Iduna Park on March 2, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Klopp's side will need to be more decisive in the second game against Malaga

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is determined to avoid that fate. He rested seven starters over the weekend in the Bundesliga, and sees a developing maturity in his team that one hopes will keep their nerves steady should the going get tough on Tuesday night.

"After we failed to take our chances [in the first game] we showed that we have taken another step in our development by keeping calm and taking the result," he said ahead of the march.

Malaga don't lack motivation in a Champions League campaign that has seen them go further than ever before in the competition, but they are also a bit long on distractions in recent days ahead of a match that will demand intense focus.

The team's coach, Manuel Pellegrini, left Spain immediately after the weekend's losing La Liga encounter against Real Sociedad to travel to Chile for his father's funeral. He is expected to arrive in Dortmund the day of the match. The team's plane was also diverted due to a storm on their way to the league match Friday and was struck three times by lighting before finally landing in Bilbao. The player's then took a bus the rest of the way.

"It was generally a weekend to forget," Malaga captain Weligton told reporters. "Let's hope we can give the coach some joy on Tuesday."

Weligton and midfielder Manuel Iturra will sit out the match for Malaga due to suspensions. Dortmund may have to do without defender Mats Hummels for another week due to injury, and it is unlikely that midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski will have recovered from his injury in time to play, either.

High-flying Bayern look to semis

Heynckes is tossed in the air by Bayern players in celebration of their Bundesliga title

Despite the Bundesliga title, Heynckes has tried to keep his team grounded and focused on the big picture

Although Bayern clinched the Bundesliga championship a record-setting six weeks ahead of the end of the season on Saturday, the celebrations were held in check – there is still plenty of work to do if Bayern are going to consider the 2012/13 a success.

"If we only have one title at the end of the season, we'll all be disappointed," said Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer following Saturday's 1-0 win over Frankfurt.

"No player is satisfied yet," said defender Dante.

Bayern have exacted revenge on Dortmund for stealing the limelight in the Bundesliga the past two seasons, and are far and away the best of the four remaining teams in the German Cup. The final piece to the puzzle is redemption for last year's heartbreaking loss in the Champions League final to Chelsea at Bayern's own Allianz Arena.

Bayern have cleared every hurdle in the Champions League thus far with ease, and it is unlikely that they'll stumble over Juventus.

Ahead of the team's departure for Italy on Tuesday, Heynckes was brimming with confidence in his team.

"We've successfully completed the first stage," he said, referring to the league title. "Now we want to finish the job. I think this team is capable of anything."

The biggest risk for Bayern is to let their anticipation of Friday's draw for the Champions League semifinals distract them from dispatching Juventus on Wednesday. But with the expectations as high as they get in Munich, that's going to be a long shot.

Rounding out the Champions League quarterfinals are Galatasaray hosting Real Madrid on Tuesday, and Paris St. Germain playing on the road against Barcelona on Wednesday. Real won the first contest against the Turkish side with a comfortable score of 3-0, while Barcelona and PSG played to a 2-2 draw.

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