The night after the shock result where Barcelona got Müllered by the German Champions Bayern Munich, the Champions League produced yet another surprise as Borussia Dortmund dominated Real Madrid 4-1. Borussia Dortmund left it up to their star striker Robert Lewandowski to take on Real Madrid virtually on his own, as he scored all four goals which lead Dortmund to the victory against the Spanish Champions in the first leg. The scoring was opened in just under 10 minutes, when Lewandowski got his foot on the end of Mario Gotze’s low cross. Cristiano Ronaldo then levelled up the match by tapping home a pass across the goal just before the half time interval.
The second half was a game completely dominated by the German side that relied on Lewandowski to bury their chances. Only 5 minutes after the half time break, Lewandowski gave Dortmund the lead yet again poking home a miss-hit shot from a team-mate. The third goal and hat-trick came just under the hour mark, when Lewandowski picked up the ball from another fluffed shot, skilfully kept it from a couple of attempted tackles and smashed it into the roof of net. But the scoring didn’t stop there. With 20 minutes remaining, Xabi Alonso gave away a penalty which Lewandowski unsurprisingly bulleted down the middle of the goal sending Diego Lopez the wrong way.
Lewandowski has presented Real Madrid with an extremely difficult job of pulling the score back in the 2nd leg at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. However, when José Mourinho is in charge, anything is possible. Unlike their league rivals, Real Madrid have an away goal which could prove to be vital in next week’s final leg but nevertheless, reaching the final will certainly be a tough task to accomplish.
The man of the night, Robert Lewandowski, has pulled a lot of interest in his direction following his phenomenal display, but Borussia Dortmund will do everything they can to try and keep him at the German club. The Polish striker, who is the first person to score a hat-trick against Real Madrid in the Champions League, is out of contract at the end of the 2013-14 season and there is no doubt that the world’s biggest clubs will be chasing him. However, Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp admitted, “I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run and we are not the ones to send him away. Let’s wait and see what happens next.”
There have been rumours that Lewandowski, who has scored 33 goals in 42 appearances this season, might be on his way to Bayern Munich next season. Bayern Munich have already signed Dortmund’s star player Mario Gotze. General manager Hans-Joachim Watzke will not want Lewandowski to go as well and he revealed, “Robert has a contract until 2014 and there is no exit clause like with Mario Gotze. It is our explicit wish to keep him until 2014. That is why we are saying no to a transfer fee.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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