Champions League - 1st Leg
Real MadridReal Madrid3B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0

Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Gareth Bale scores for Real

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored as Real Madrid moved towards their fourth successive Champions League semi-final with victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Real got off to a fantastic start when Bale poked in after three minutes, before Isco doubled the advantage with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Ronaldo added a third after the break when he danced past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and slotted in.

The second leg is on 8 April.

Jurgen Klopp's side, who were beaten by Bayern Munich in last season's final, will retain faint hope they can turn the tie around, but they will also realise they were soundly beaten by a Real side who were not operating at their very best.

If the Spanish giants perform like they did when they demolished Schalke 6-1 in Gelsenkirchen in the previous round, then Dortmund will have no hope.

The German side did have their opportunities. They had 12 efforts on goal, although only two were on target, and without suspended striker Robert Lewandowski, they lacked poise in front of goal.

The visitors found themselves a goal down when Bale, who has had a superb debut season with Los Blancos, caught the defence out as he sprinted into the area to convert Dani Carvajal's square ball. It was the Welshman's fifth goal in eight Champions League games.

Real made it 2-0 just before the half-hour mark when German keeper Weidenfeller and his backline were outwitted by the quick feet of Isco and the subsequent low shot that found the bottom right corner.

Weidenfeller had a tough workout on a wet night in Madrid. He tipped over free-kicks from Ronaldo and Bale, before using his foot to block the latter's deft flick from eight yards. Perhaps the save of the night came after the break when he denied Karim Benzema's half-volley that seemed destined for the roof of the net.

However, he could do nothing for Real's third which was brilliantly converted by Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward, in his 100th appearance in the competition, found himself face-to-face with the keeper, before shifting to his left and tapping in.

It was a record-equalling 14th goal in a single season of this version of the competition - matching Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Dortmund created a couple of good chances after the break. First, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had his shot from three yards blocked by Pepe, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired a yard wide when he should have hit the target.

An away goal would have given Dortmund hope but, as it is, next week's fixture is likely to be their final appearance in this season's competition.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 14Alonso
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 19Modric
  • 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 72'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 75'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forCasemiroat 80'minutes


  • 2Varane
  • 16Casemiro
  • 18Nacho
  • 21Morata
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 25López
  • 26Rodríguez Martínez

B Dortmund

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 26PiszczekSubstituted forSchieberat 67'minutes
  • 37Durm
  • 18Sahin
  • 25Papastathopoulos
  • 15Hummels
  • 11ReusBooked at 18mins
  • 5KehlBooked at 30minsSubstituted forJojicat 74'minutes
  • 17Aubameyang
  • 10MkhitaryanSubstituted forHofmannat 64'minutes
  • 19GroßkreutzBooked at 87mins


  • 2Friedrich
  • 7Hofmann
  • 14Jojic
  • 20Langerak
  • 21Kirch
  • 23Schieber
  • 34Ducksch
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamB Dortmund
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Borussia Dortmund 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Borussia Dortmund 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Julian Schieber (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nuri Sahin.

  6. Post update

    Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Julian Schieber (Borussia Dortmund).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Booking

    Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Milos Jojic tries a through ball, but Jonas Hofmann is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Pepe.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Reus with a through ball.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Cristiano Ronaldo because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Milos Jojic replaces Sebastian Kehl.