Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

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Updated: April 3, 2014
Real Madrid CF v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

Match Date: 08 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

 

With all the goals scored within the match’s first 57 minutes, Real Madrid massively convinced the world that they could still pull off the Champions League title—which they last did in 2002. The side defeated Germany’s Borrussia Dortmund in the teams’ first leg of their quarter-final battle at the Bernabeu 3-0.

 

The German side failed to create substantial stunners and finished the brawl empty-handed. All the spoils went straight to Los Blancos with Gareth Bale opening the scoring and Isco doubling the lead. Just before the hour, Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the winner to score his 14th goal of the season—one of the highest accomplishments ever in the EUFA tournament’s history. He is now level with Barca’s Lionel Messi—who netted 14 times in 11 games during the 2011-12 edition—but with a remarkably much higher rate (average of one goal every 50.71 minutes). With a few more matches to go, the Portuguese player is on course to break the all-time record for the most goals in a single season.

 

Madrid’s victory over Dortmund is notable in that it served as retaliation to their semi-final exit from last season, which saw the German side finish the tourney 4-3 on aggregate scoring. Carlo Ancelotti’s men might have scored even more but Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller felt the need to up his game and kept Madrid’s goals to a maximum of just three.

 

With the mind-boggling clean sheet, Real Madrid delivered the best result among the four quarterfinal first-leg efforts in the competition. Defending champions Bayern Munich were held in a draw by Manchester United; PSG conceded one goal to Chelsea; while Barcelona were put level against Atletico Madrid.

 

Champions League betting tip: Expect the second leg to be dominated still by Real Madrid.

 

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