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May 6, 2021

Champions League: Increasingly likely all-German final

Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a UEFA Champions League semi-final match as Borussia Dortmund made an all-German final increasingly likely with a 4-1 home victory over Real Madrid CF on Wednesday night, according to uefa.com. The Bundesliga side dominated this semi-final first leg from start to finish and were unfortunate to see Lewandowski’s early opener cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. However, the Schwarzgelben responded fiercely, with Lewandowski registering a further three times in the second half to take his tally in this season’s edition to ten and leave Madrid’s ‘Décima’ dreams hanging by a thread.

“Real Madrid had no idea how to deal with us,” said the Poland front man Robert Lewandowski after his four goals for Borussia. “We’ve made great strides tonight, but we need to be alert from the very first minute in Madrid because they’re still very dangerous.Real are going to be dangerous in Madrid so we need to stay focused. I’m not thinking about the final yet because it’s too early for that.”In his turn Jose Mourinho admitted the superiority of the Germans. “They were the better side by far. They won their individual battles. They were better organised than us, better physically and better mentally. (…) We were ready and prepared for tonight, but many of the boys had a bad game and a bad night. At club level this is the second-most important game, after the final. Obviously I am very disappointed with how it’s gone. We can [turn it around] – it’s very difficult but we can do it. In football anything is possible. On a crazy night when everyone performs at a high level, when every chance is a goal, we can turn it around”, he told uefa.com.German coach Jurgen Klopp was ecstatic after the game: “That was pure football, my players were unstoppable. It was an unbelievable display from my team. Madrid are very strong and it was never going to be an easy game. For the first 25 minutes we were great.

Then we lost our way a bit and let them back into the match. At half-time we spoke and I urged the players to start playing the way we had early on, which we did and we were much better. I can’t explain how to say it in English, but it was like something clicked in the second half. (…) I’ve never seen such a great goal as [Robert Lewandowski] ‘Lewy’s’ third – that was absolutely amazing. An all-German final surely seems a bit more likely now after the first legs, but we know that we still have a tough match ahead in Madrid”.

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