On Wednesday at the Westfalenstadion, Robert Lewandowski’s quad gave Borussia Dortmund a 4-1 win over Real Madrid and one foot in next month's Champions League final. In doing so, the Poland international became the first player to score at least three goals against Madrid in the modern history of the competition.
8’ Barely a minute after missing a sitter following Diego Lopez’s diving stop on Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski gave Borussia Dortmund the lead—his stabbed effort finding the back of the net as he shook off Real Madrid defender Pepe after accepting Mario Goetze’s cross from the left.
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50’ Dortmund were rattled as the first half whistle blew. Marco Reus’ penalty shot had been waved away by the referee, and just seconds later a botched Mats Hummels back-pass had put Real Madrid on the board. But only five minutes after the restart, Lewandowski put the hosts back in front. Keeping himself onside, he controlled Marco Reus’ through-ball exquisitely before scuffing his shot, although he got enough on it to beat Diego Lopez.
55’ Lewandowski got his hat-trick in the 55th minute on a goal quite similar to his second. This time, however, it was Marcel Schmelzer passing the ball into the box, and after controlling it with his left foot and spinning onto his right, Lewandowski smashed it into the top left-hand corner of the goal.
67’ Reus did end up winning a penalty, after all. Xabi Alonso crashed into the Germany international from behind in the 66th minute, and, with an emphatic finish from the spot to complete his quad, Lewandowski gave Dortmund a commanding 4-1 lead in their Champions League semifinal, which would go on to be the final score.