Mario Gotze was the main culprit, spurning three golden openings, as
the visitor failed to find a way past the impressive Willy Caballero at
The away draw still leaves Jurgen Klopp's side in a strong position
ahead of the home leg, but the boss will know the tie could have been
all but wrapped up already.
Instead Malaga, which, for all its opponent's dominance, still caused
Dortmund the odd nervy moment, will travel to the Westfalenstadion
still in with a shout of the last four.
Malaga had the first chance when Javier Saviola ran onto a clipped
pass down the right of the area, got to the byline and cut inside, only
to opt to go for the near post rather than the far and dragged his shot
But it did not take long for Dortmund's attacking triumvirate of
Robert Lewandowski, Gotze and Marco Reus to start exerting their
influence as Dortmund started to open its host up almost at will.
Gotze ran clear on to a Lewandowski header as the Malaga backline
appealed in vain for offside, but his shot lacked power and Caballero
dived to make a one-handed save.
The Germany international then got in one-on-one down the right of
the area, but Caballero was again equal to his side-foot shot.
Reus then brought another save out of the goalkeeper after neat link-up play and a low shot from the edge of the area.
The young trio were causing Malaga all sorts of problems, with only the killer finish lacking.
The host showed it could still be a threat when Dortmund keeper
Roman Weidenfeller had to be quick off his line to get to the ball ahead
Its defence, though, continued to live dangerously and Weligton was
booked for pulling back Lewandowski right on the edge of the area, Reus
curling the resulting free-kick wide.
But Malaga ended the half in the ascendancy.
Weidenfeller, under no pressure, spilled a Joaquin cross and Felipe
Santana scrambled the ball away to spare his team-mate's blushes.
But the keeper redeemed himself with a fine save to keep out a Weligton header from a Joaquin corner.
Lewandowski fluffed another golden Dortmund chance minutes after the
break, skewing his shot horribly wide when Gotze's cut-back found him in
plenty of space in front of goal.
Gotze then fired wide of the far post after racing on to a measured
pass down the right as another opportunity came and went for the
At the other end, Isco drilled effort was parried well by
Weidenfeller, but it was Dortmund which left the pitch at full-time with a
feeling of what might have been.