BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4 vs REAL MADRID 1
BORUSSIA Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski produced an incredible individual performance scoring four times to cap a memorable week for German teams in the Champions League semi-finals, but Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is convinced he could have been stopped.
Fresh from seeing Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich blow away Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday night, Lewandowski stole the show 24 hours later to stun Real and set up the prospect of an all-German final at Wembley Stadium in May.
It was the heaviest defeat suffered by a team managed by Mourinho in the Champions League and the former Chelsea coach was aggravated by the ease with which Poland striker Lewandowski tore his team to shreds.
“We knew everything about Lewandowski, everything, and we lost him for three goals,” said Mourinho. “We know what he does, we know about the runs he makes and his movement, so it’s disappointing.
“They won every battle on the pitch, they were stronger and more aggressive mentally and physically. They deserved it.”
Lewandowski began his one-man demolition act on eight minutes, volleying in Mario Gotze’s left-wing cross from six yards.
Real levelled shortly before half-time when Gonzalo Higuan stormed forwards on the counter attack and squared for Cristiano Ronaldo to tap in to an unguarded goal.
But on 50 minutes Lewandowski collected Marco Reus’s pass with his back to goal, then showed great balance to turn before stabbing in.
And five minutes later the 24-year-old completed his hat-trick, spinning away from the challenges of defender Pepe and midfielder Xabi Alonso before blasting into the roof of the net.
Lewandowski’s night’s work was complete on 66 minutes when he blasted a penalty past goalkeeper Diego Lopez, after Alonso was adjudged to have fouled Reus.