02 May, 2013
The Real Madrid at Dortmund match was a historic one for the ages. Robert Lewandowski, the world class Poland forward who scored the first goal of Euro 2012, scored four goals en route to a 4-1 win. He is the first player to ever score four goals in a European semifinal and the first to ever score 4 goals against Real Madrid. Pictured here is Lewandowski celebrating his first goal in the 8th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo actually tied the game at 1-1 just before halftime, but then Lewandowski scored in the 50th and 55th minutes, then when Xabi Alonso took down Marco Reus in the penalty area, Lewandowski took the PK and scored his fourth past Iker Casillas in the 66th minute to make the final score 4-1.
Both German clubs enjoyed insurmountable leads heading into this week's second leg in Spain. Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova held Lionel Messi out of Tuesday's second leg, despite insisting that Messi is not injured, suggesting to some that Barcelona had given up. Nevertheless, they kept up a 0-0 draw until halftime. Then Arjen Robben scored for Bayern, Gerard Pique knocked an own goal past his own 'keeper Victor Valdes (playing in his 100th game of UEFA competition), and finally Thomas Muller made the game score 3-0 for Bayern Munich and the aggregate score 7-0.
Borussia Dortmund did not display the same dominance on the road at Madrid that Bayern Munich did in Barcelona, but they had a three-goal cushion to work with. Dortmund were on their way to a 0-0 draw, until the final ten minutes in Bernabeu. Karim Benzema, who had come on as a second half substitute for Gonzalo Higuain, scored in the 83rd minute and then Sergio Ramos gave a glimmer of hope to the Real Madrid fans by scoring another in the 88th. But, the score would end 2-0 and the aggregate score was 4-3, Dortmund wins.
There is no question that Bayern Munich are the heavy favorites to win their fifth Champions League title, and their first since 2001.
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