Robert Lewandowski produced a striker's masterclass as he scored four goals against Real Madrid in a commanding Champions League semi-final first-leg victory for Borussia Dortmund.

The Poland 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.

With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, 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.

Who is Robert Lewandowski?

  • Born: 21 Aug 1988 Warsaw, Poland
  • Position: Striker
  • Previous Clubs: Lech Poznan, Znicz Pruszkow, Legia Warsaw
  • Joined Dortmund for around £4m in June 2010
  • 35 goals this season with 14 in his last 12 Bundesliga games
  • Bundesliga Player of the Season: 2011-12
  • Poland: 16 goals in 53 appearances

His ruthless display of finishing continued Dortmund's 100% 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.

The Pole made amends after eight minutes when he shook off the attentions of Pepe to steer in Gotze's delicious cross at the back post.

This was Real's third consecutive Champions League semi-final under boss Jose Mourinho, having lost the previous two, and the game's pattern looked ominous for his side as Dortmund tore into them at every opportunity with Sven Bender quick to dispossess his opponents in midfield.

The Spanish side were limited to shots from Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso, but the game appeared to have turned in the space of a minute just before the break.

Mourinho misery

  • This result was Jose Mourinho's biggest defeat in 106 Champions League games
  • Robert Lewandowski has become the first player to score a hat-trick against Real Madrid in Champions League history

Reus again bore down on the Real back line and looked like he was tripped in the penalty area by Raphael Varane, yet referee Bjorn Kuipers waved the German's appeals away.

The visitors then pounced as Mats Hummels' poor back pass let Gonzalo Higuain break free of the defence, and his cross allowed Ronaldo a simple tap in for his 50th Champions League goal.

Dortmund replied with the resolve that has won them new fans this season. They regained the lead five minutes after the break as Lewandowski latched onto Reus's shot to put the hosts back in control.

More impressive was his third goal five minutes later. It came from another mis-hit shot, this time from left-back Marcel Schmelzer, whose effort cut across the penalty area, but the Polish striker took a touch to kill the ball, dragged it out of Pepe's reach and smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Echoes of Bayern's pummelling of Barcelona on Tuesday were already in mind and it got worse for Mourinho's side as Xabi Alonso bundled Reus over in the penalty area, with Lewandowski making no mistake from the spot.

Ronaldo went close to pulling another goal back but Roman Weidenfeller was quick off his line to thwart the Portuguese forward on a deflating night for the Spanish league champions.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bor Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Lewandowski 8
  • Lewandowski 50
  • Lewandowski 55
  • Lewandowski (pen) 67
  • Ronaldo 43

Borussia Dortmund

  • 01 Weidenfeller
  • 04 Subotic
  • 15 Hummels
  • 26 Piszczek (Grosskreutz 83)
  • 29 Schmelzer
  • 06 Bender
  • 08 Gundogan (Schieber 90+1)
  • 16 Blaszczykowski (Kehl 82)
  • 09 Lewandowski yellow card
  • 10 Gotze
  • 11 Reus

Substitutes

  • 20 Langerak,
  • 27 Felipe Santana,
  • 05 Kehl,
  • 07 Leitner,
  • 18 Sahin,
  • 19 Grosskreutz,
  • 23 Schieber

Real Madrid

  • 41 Diego Lopez
  • 02 Varane
  • 03 Pepe
  • 04 Ramos yellow card
  • 05 Coentrao
  • 06 Khedira yellow card
  • 07 Ronaldo
  • 10 Ozil yellow card
  • 14 Alonso (Kaka 80)
  • 19 Modric (Di Maria 68)
  • 20 Higuain (Benzema 68)

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas,
  • 18 Albiol,
  • 24 Nacho,
  • 08 Kaka,
  • 22 Di Maria,
  • 09 Benzema,
  • 21 Callejon
Ref: KuipersAtt: 65,829
BOR DORTMUND
REAL MADRID

Possession

  • Bor Dortmund 49%
  • Real Madrid 51%

Attempts on target

  • Bor Dortmund 8
  • Real Madrid 5

Attempts off target

  • Bor Dortmund 2
  • Real Madrid 2

Corners

  • Bor Dortmund 4
  • Real Madrid 2

Fouls

  • Bor Dortmund 11
  • Real Madrid 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:51 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+4:40 Garcia Sergio Ramos is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
  • 90:00+2:46 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ricardo Kaka. Raphael Varane produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 90:00+2:36 Centre by Angel Di Maria, blocked by Neven Subotic.
  • 90:00+1:31 Direct free kick taken by Mats Hummels.
  • 90:00+1:31 Booking Garcia Sergio Ramos is shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:27 Garcia Sergio Ramos concedes a free kick for a foul on Sven Bender.
  • 90:00+0:48 Rodriguez Diego Lopez restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:48 Substitution Julian Schieber comes on in place of IIkay Gundogan.
  • 90:00+0:48 The referee blows for offside.
  • 88:20 Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Save by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 85:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Reus by Mesut Ozil. Free kick taken by IIkay Gundogan.
  • 83:05 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mario Gotze from the right by-line, clearance made by Raphael Varane.
  • 80:58 Mario Gotze restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:58 Substitution Lukasz Piszczek goes off and Kevin Grosskreutz comes on.
  • 80:58 Substitution Sebastian Kehl comes on in place of Jakub Blaszczykowski.
  • 80:58 Foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on Jakub Blaszczykowski, free kick awarded.
  • 79:43 Garcia Sergio Ramos delivers the ball, comfortable save by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 79:22 Substitution Ricardo Kaka replaces Xabi Alonso.
  • 79:09 Angel Di Maria delivers the ball, Mats Hummels gets a block in.
  • 78:02 Corner taken by Mario Gotze from the right by-line, clearance by Raphael Varane.
  • 77:25 Robert Lewandowski takes a shot from 25 yards. Brilliant save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
  • 77:01 The referee blows for offside against Marco Reus. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on Jakub Blaszczykowski. Free kick taken by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 75:10 The ball is delivered by Sami Khedira, save by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 72:03 Unfair challenge on Jakub Blaszczykowski by Mesut Ozil results in a free kick. Mario Gotze crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Sami Khedira.
  • 70:48 The ball is delivered by Angel Di Maria.
  • 70:38 Centre by Xabi Alonso, Sven Bender makes a clearance.
  • 69:56 Xabi Alonso restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:56 Booking The referee books Robert Lewandowski for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:43 Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Robert Lewandowski, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 69:21 Centre by Marco Reus.
  • 68:24 Cristiano Ronaldo is ruled offside. Roman Weidenfeller takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:46 Substitution Gonzalo Higuain leaves the field to be replaced by Karim Benzema.
  • 67:46 Substitution Angel Di Maria replaces Luka Modric.
  • 66:29 Assist on the goal came from Marco Reus.
  • 66:29 GOAL - Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund 4 - 1 Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski scores a power penalty. Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid.
  • 65:29 Xabi Alonso concedes a Penalty for a foul on Marco Reus.
  • 64:17 Luka Modric takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Cristiano Ronaldo goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 63:45 Free kick crossed left-footed by Mesut Ozil from right channel, clearance made by Neven Subotic.
  • 63:45 Booking Booking for Mesut Ozil for dissent.
  • 63:34 Foul by Marcel Schmelzer on Mesut Ozil, free kick awarded.
  • 62:33 Sven Bender challenges Alexandre Fabio Coentrao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Xabi Alonso. Garcia Sergio Ramos is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 62:06 Jakub Blaszczykowski takes a shot. Kleper Pepe gets a block in.
  • 61:37 Corner taken by Marco Reus from the right by-line.
  • 61:09 IIkay Gundogan takes a shot. Save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
  • 60:16 The referee blows for offside against Gonzalo Higuain. Roman Weidenfeller takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:40 Sami Khedira crosses the ball.
  • 59:27 Cristiano Ronaldo sends in a cross, Mats Hummels makes a clearance.
  • 57:12 Luka Modric takes a shot. Roman Weidenfeller makes a save.
  • 56:33 Jakub Blaszczykowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Gonzalo Higuain. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalo Higuain.
  • 54:42 The ball is delivered by Jakub Blaszczykowski.
  • 54:41 The assist for the goal came from Marcel Schmelzer.
  • 54:41 GOAL - Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Real Madrid.
  • 53:30 Mats Hummels takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:30 Booking Booking for Sami Khedira.
  • 53:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Reus by Sami Khedira.
  • 52:37 Effort from deep inside the area by Jakub Blaszczykowski clears the bar.
  • Correction - 49:08 The assist for the goal came from Marco Reus.
  • Correction - 49:08 GOAL - Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund 2 - 1 Real Madrid A goal is scored by Robert Lewandowski from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid.
  • 49:08 Assist on the goal came from Marco Reus.
  • 49:08 GOAL - Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund 2 - 1 Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid.
  • 49:02 The ball is swung over by Lukasz Piszczek, Sami Khedira manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marco Reus from the left by-line, save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
  • 46:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Reus by Garcia Sergio Ramos. Marcel Schmelzer takes the free kick.
  • 45:37 Robert Lewandowski is caught offside. Kleper Pepe takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:08 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:46 Mats Hummels fouled by Mesut Ozil, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mats Hummels.
  • 44:30 The ball is crossed by Mesut Ozil.
  • 43:40 Robert Lewandowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:02 Assist by Gonzalo Higuain.
  • 42:02 GOAL - Cristiano RonaldoBorussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Real Madrid Goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Real Madrid.
  • 41:00 Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Neven Subotic gets a block in.
  • 40:51 Cristiano Ronaldo sends in a cross.
  • 39:36 Alexandre Fabio Coentrao produces a cross.
  • 35:40 Gonzalo Higuain produces a cross.
  • 35:22 A cross is delivered by Garcia Sergio Ramos, clearance made by Neven Subotic.
  • 33:17 Mario Gotze delivers the ball, clearance by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
  • 32:20 Robert Lewandowski challenges Kleper Pepe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Xabi Alonso takes the free kick.
  • 28:15 Neven Subotic concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Xabi Alonso crosses the ball in from the free kick, Roman Weidenfeller makes a save.
  • 26:18 Alexandre Fabio Coentrao fouled by Marco Reus, the ref awards a free kick. Xabi Alonso crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 25:16 Lukasz Piszczek challenges Cristiano Ronaldo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Xabi Alonso from left wing, Mats Hummels makes a clearance.
  • 24:02 IIkay Gundogan has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 22:34 Sven Bender handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Cristiano Ronaldo fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Roman Weidenfeller.
  • 22:05 Sven Bender gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:23 Gonzalo Higuain is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Mats Hummels.
  • 18:38 Cristiano Ronaldo delivers the ball, Mats Hummels makes a clearance.
  • 18:21 Mario Gotze produces a cross, clearance made by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
  • 17:41 Foul by Marcel Schmelzer on Garcia Sergio Ramos, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
  • 16:20 Unfair challenge on Lukasz Piszczek by Cristiano Ronaldo results in a free kick. IIkay Gundogan takes the free kick.
  • 15:19 Foul by Sami Khedira on IIkay Gundogan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mats Hummels.
  • 12:17 Gonzalo Higuain is ruled offside. Roman Weidenfeller restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Lewandowski by Garcia Sergio Ramos. Marco Reus crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
  • 7:36 Assist by Mario Gotze.
  • 7:36 GOAL - Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund 1 - 0 Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Real Madrid.
  • 7:04 Shot from 6 yards by Robert Lewandowski. Raphael Varane gets a block in.
  • 6:15 Marco Reus takes a shot. Save made by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.
  • 4:15 Foul by Sami Khedira on IIkay Gundogan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marco Reus.
  • 2:52 Marcel Schmelzer delivers the ball, Raphael Varane makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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