Dortmund chairman locked himself in Bernabéu toilet to ease strain | inside World Soccer

Borussia Dortmund's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid was so tense that the club's chairman locked himself in a toilet for final minute of the match at the Bernabéu.

The Champions League drama proved to be a little too much to bare for Hans-Joachim Watzke
The Champions League drama proved to be a little too much to bare for Hans-Joachim Watzke

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Two late goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos pegged the German side back to 4-3 and left Madrid a goal away from a remarkable European upset.

As the Bundesliga side clung on under an onslaught from the Madrid attack, Hans-Joachim Watzke could stand no more and locked himself in a Bernabéu toilet.

"It seems like we only can do it with drama," Watzke told the club's official 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."

Sporting director Michael Zorc also admitted he struggled to cope with the nailbiting finish

He added: "In the last minutes I was close to a heart attack. But when there is a positive outcome, it's all good."

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