Real Madrid humiliated
Robert Lewandowski produced a striker’s masterclass as he scored four goals against Real Madrid in a commanding Champions League semi-final first-leg 4-1 victory for Borussia Dortmund today.The Polish striker volleyed in Mario Gotze’s cross at the back post early on before Cristiano Ronaldo tapped in.
Lewandowski collected Marco Reus’s shot to poke in past Diego Lopez and crashed home a 12-yard strike for a hat-trick.
The 24-year-old converted his fourth from the spot, after Reus was fouled.
The forward has been a reported summer target for Manchester United and Bayern Munich and his value will increase no end after he became the first player to score four times in a Champions League semi-final.
His ruthless display of finishing continued Dortmund’s 100 per cent European home record this season and leaves Real Madrid with a mountainous task to reach the final at Wembley in May.
It also showed more evidence of a shift towards German dominance of Europe, only 24 hours after Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 4-0 in their semi-final first leg.
Bayern’s thrashing of Barca came on the same day they announced a 31.5m deal for Gotze, but Dortmund’s response was an energetic display that left them on the verge of a first Champions League final appearance since 1997
Boss Jurgen Klopp had issued a rallying call to the club’s fans urging them to be positive in their support despite the Gotze development.
And the effervescent coach received a similarly rousing performance from his team as they set off at a blistering pace and could have been a goal up a minute before Lewandowski’s opener.
Reus, who was a constant thorn in the Real Madrid side, took on the visiting defence but his shot was saved by Diego Lopez, with Lewandowski failing to tuck in the rebound.
But the Pole would make amends four times over. (BBC)†