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    Borussia Dortmund get Mario Goetze blow before Real Madrid visit

    Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund's preparations for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid have been hit by news that their player is transferring to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

    On the eve of what it calls "the most spectacular home game in Borussia Dortmund's history," the first leg has been overshadowed by Mario Goetze's decision to join Bayern on July 1.

    Bayern, which are triggering Goetze's reported release clause of 37 million euros ($48 million), said Tuesday they wanted to delay the announcement "out of consideration" for Wednesday's game, but Dortmund was left struggling to minimize their impact.

    Goetze's Facebook page quickly became a target for abusive messages from disappointed fans, and Dortmund appealed to supporters to continue to support the 20-year-old player "unconditionally."

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