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Germany-Spain: 8-1
by Paul Kennedy, April 24th, 2013 11:07PM

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TAGS:  germany, spain, uefa champions league


[BORUSSIA DORTMUND-REAL MADRID] A day after Bayern Munich beat Barcelona, 4-0, Borussia Dortmund hosted Real Madrid in another duel of German and Spanish clubs in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, and it was almost as lopsided. Assembled for only a fraction of the money as its opponent, Dortmund won, 4-1, at the Westfalenstadion, getting all four goals from Pole Robert Lewandowski. Like Bayern the night before, Dortmund put on a commanding performance that left only slightly less doubt about who would qualify for the final.

Talk about Lewandowski's future at Dortmund dominated the post-game discussion. He'll become a free agent at the end of the next season and has said he won't re-sign with Dortmund.

"I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said afterward, "and we are not the ones to send him away."

Lewandowski broke open a 1-1 game with three second-half goals to become the first player to score a hat trick against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The last player to score three goals against Real Madrid in the European Cup was Charlie George -- with Derby County -- in 1975.

"This performance will definitely go down in history," said Klopp. "There are always the same films in the Borusseum [the club's museum].  You will see Lewa's four goals there soon."

Blackburn Rovers will rue the day in 2010 Icelandic volcanic ash cloud spread across Europe, canceling Lewandowski's plans to visit the English club to conclude a transfer from Lech Poznan.

He never made it to England and signed instead with Dortmund, a club that already had another Pole, Jakub Blaszczykowski, and signed a third Pole, Lukasz Piszczek, on a free transfer from Hertha Berlin the same summer.

Lewandowski was hardly the only reason Dortmund demolished Real Madrid. Mario Goetze, whose $48 million transfer to Bayern Munich next season was confirmed, set up Lewandowski's first goal, and 23-year-old winger Marco Reus, signed from Borussia Moenchengladbach last summer, was taken down for the penalty that Lewandowski converted for the last goal.

But the revelation was 22-year-old Ilkay Gundogan, who sliced through the beleaguered Madrid defense with ease.

"We played a great game from the start until the final whistle," said Gundogan, "and deserved to win by this margin."

April 24 in Dortmund
Bor. Dortmund 4 Real Madrid 1. Goals: Lewandowski 8, 50, 55, 67 pen.; Cristiano Ronaldo 43.
Bor. Dortmund -- Weidenfeller, Piszczek (Grosskreutz 83), Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Gundogan (Schieber 90), Blaszczykowski (Kehl 82), Goetze, Reus, Lewandowski.
Real Madrid -- Diego Lopez, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi Alonso (Kaka 80), Ozil, Modric (Di Maria 68), Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema 68).
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands).
Att.: 65,829.



2 comments
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: April 25, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
    Great win for Dortmund, it looks like there maybe an all German final in the UEFA Cup!

  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: April 25, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.
    So how do Germany play a friendly in D.C. 1 Juni vs. USA if most of the starters are in the Pokal? there could be 2 more Roten- BvB matches..


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