Dortmund Leave Madrid Blushing

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Borussia Dortmund left an all-star Real Madrid team embarrassed as they won 4-1 in the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions League.

Striker Robert Lewandowski bagged all 4 of the goals for the home side, in a display that is sure to strengthen the interest of the clubs interested in buying him in the summer. His first came after just 8 minutes. Superstar Ronaldo drew the Spaniards level just before half time, leaving the game finely poised and with their away goal, Madrid in the driving seat.

That was short lived however, as the Polish wizard scored 3 goals in quick succession to to become the first player to score 4 goals in one leg of a Champions League semi final. Madrid were lackluster all game and manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side deserved to lose afterwards. Dortmund have still got a 100% record at home in Europe this year, despite having been overrun in the league by a Bayern Munich side who have made history by tying up the league the earliest it has ever been won.

Munich look to be the team that will win the other semi final, as they overran the much heralded Barcelona side that has been so successful in the last few years. That match will have an extra bite to it, as star Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has agreed to move to their rivals Bayern for a sum believed to be over £30 million. Dortmund fans took the news very badly with some referring to Gotze as Judas on social networking sites.

The two semi finals look likely to provide German winners unless either Madrid or the mighty Barcelona can pull off a huge, unlikely comeback. However if there are two teams in the world that could pull of huge victories at home to qualify for the final these are the two. Madrid’s away goal makes things a lot easier, and the Dortmund side they face is generally considered to be much weaker, whereas the Munich side that overran Barcelona has been heralded this week as the strongest in the clubs history.

If you believe either of the Spanish clubs can overcome the deficit, offer individual games markets and an outright market for the whole competition.

Posted by: Rory Kimber

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