Real Madrid will travel to Germany in the driver’s seat of this Champions League quarterfinal tie, having beaten Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo each found the back of the net for Los Blancos, and while Dortmund created a handful of chances at the end of both period they lacked the finishing to really worry their hosts.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: Had two saves to make in the first half—neither of them difficult.
Carvajal: Picked up an assist on Isco’s goal.
Pepe: Perhaps a bit fortunate to have avoided conceding a penalty on Mkhitaryan.
Ramos: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Coentrao: Drew the game’s first yellow card off Reus.
Modric: Had 52 touches in an active first half.
Alonso: Completed 95% of his passes in the opening period and contributed four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Isco: Took his goal well—calmly slotting inside Weidenfeller’s right-hand corner.
Bale: Stabbed the ball past Weidenfeller in the third minute following some good work down the right by Benzema.
Benzema: Shifted out to the left, cut inside Durm and set up Bale’s opener.
Ronaldo: Took three shots and troubled Weidenfeller on all of them.
Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: He made two saves on the night, but a third—a spectacular stop off Reus—didn’t officially count as play had been whistled offside.
Carvajal: He picked up an assist and threw himself into an eye-popping eight tackles.
Pepe: Aside from that possible penalty on Mkhitaryan, he didn’t put a foot wrong.
Ramos: Completed 95% of his passes out of the defense.
Coentrao: Won all of his aerial battles and deputised well for Marcelo.
Modric: Touched the ball 97 times and was generally Madrid’s midfield metronome.
Alonso: Completed 90% of his passes and contributed four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Isco: Came off to a standing ovation following his best performance in a Madrid shirt.
Bale: Could have had a second late on but flashed his effort over the crossbar.
Benzema: Only 29 touches of the ball and once again failed to find the back of the net.
Ronaldo: His 14 Champions League goals this season has him one away from setting a new record.
Illarramendi: Put in a neat and tidy 18 minutes after replacing Isco.
Morata: Offered plenty of energy after coming on for Benzema.
Casemiro: Made a late appearance after Ronaldo was substituted with what looked to be a slight knock.
Half-Time analysis for Borussia Dortmund
Weidenfeller: Made four impressive saves in the first half.
Piszczek: Still not back to his old self after returning from injury.
Hummels: Having to prop up the wobbly Sokratis.
Sokratis: Could have done better in attempting to close down Isco on the second goal.
Durm: Well beaten on the opener but settled decently as the period wore on.
Kehl: Made an important clearance from a corner.
Sahin: His distribution has been quite poor.
Aubameyang: Ballooned an effort from in close.
Mkhitaryan: Trying to make things happen against a Madrid side that looks intent on closing him down.
Grosskreutz: Only 21 touches in a poor first half.
Reus: Needs to be considerably more involved if Dortmund stand a chance at a comeback.
Full-Time analysis for Borussia Dortmund
Weidenfeller: He made four saves in each half and wasn’t at fault for any of the goals.
Piszczek: Was an early substitute after another sub-par performance.
Hummels: Dortmund’s best player, he was heroic at times.
Sokratis: A constant reminder of how badly Dortmund miss Subotic.
Durm: He wasn’t awful, but he offered absolutely nothing going foward.
Kehl: Distribution wasn’t great, but he put himself about.
Sahin: Improved his passing considerably after the restart.
Aubameyang: Useless in a central role, but couldn’t find his finishing boots no matter where he played.
Mkhitaryan: Surprisingly withdrawn just after the hour-mark.
Reus: Better in the second half, but Dortmund needed a much better showing from him.
Hofmann: Only 16 touches in 26 minutes of football.
Schieber: He completed an appalling 33% of his passes.
Jojic: One of Dortmund’s brightest prospects, he put in a competent shift after replacing Kehl.