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Real Madrid sink Borussia Dortmund in Champions League

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Today, hosts Real Madrid beat visiting Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League 2014 quarterfinals match-up, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Looking forward to a little payback from last year's elimination by Dortmund, Real started the game in high gear and a Gareth Bale in the box toe poke at the third minute opened the score. The tally was followed, several Madrid opportunities later, by an Isco score at the 27th minute--a delicate placement into the lower left corner of the goal from just outside the box.

The Spanish Giants, smarting from their back-to-back losses in La Liga last month, that have left them trailing city rivals Atletico and arch rivals Barcelona in the domestic race, looked like they wanted to put the energy of their accumulated frustration into the drive for La Decima, the quest for their tenth Champions League title. Real coach, Carlo Ancelotti, decided upon the Karim Benzema, Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo trio backed by Isco, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso in midfield.

It was that Real midfield that controlled the game as they recuperated errant balls from their own attacks, stopped Dortmund's possession at just a few passes inside the Madrid half, and fed their strikers a steady diet of possibilities to feast on. Albeit Robert Lewandowski's absence via suspension for accumulated yellows was a boon to the Real side, but Ancelotti was playing the team he might have played with anyway had the striker been on the pitch. The Real defense, with Daniel Carbajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao was just the tad more defensively minded than using a Marcelo might have been, but it allowed the other seven to move more freely by keeping the opposition at bay.

The score at half-time was 2-0 Real.

In the second half a downpour put a different spin on the proceedings but the advantage remained mostly with Real and in the 57th minute Ronaldo made good on a great Modric pass to easily slot in the third and final goal of the evening.

It has not been much of a contest, Dortmund were soundly beat.

The one downside for Real was Ronaldo's early exit due to injury, which remained unexplained as of this writing.

The second leg of the tie will be Tuesday, April 8th at Dortmund.


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