Click here to watch the match highlights of the Champions League quarter final first leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur! 

Real Madrid cruised past Tottenham Hotspur with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final.

Two goals from on-loan striker Adebayor and two further goals from Angel Di Maria and Ronaldo apiece saw Real all but secure their passage into the semis after Spurs had Peter Crouch sent-off early for two bookable offences. 

Adebayor scored his first off a corner in as early as the fourth minute before Crouch was sent off in the 15 minute for a needless foul on Marcelo while already on a yellow card. It led to some intensive periods of pressure from Madrid and it paid off 10 minutes into the second half when a quickly taken corner saw Adebayor grab his second with a well directed header. That opened the flood gates and Spurs found themselves restricted to barely seconds of possession. Real surged forward in a more relaxed manner and in the 72nd minute, Di Maria cut in from the right to smash into the top-left corner with a powerful, swerving left-footed strike. With three minutes to go, Ronaldo rubbed salt into Spurs' wounds when he hit a low, first time volley from inside the box and saw it creep beneath Gomes and into goal. 

It was a thoroughly deserved win for Madrid and it is highly doubtful whether Spurs could have stopped the determined Spaniards even with eleven men. They face a huge task if they are to maintain their European run in the second leg on April 13. 

Click here to watch the match highlights of the Champions League quarter final first leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur!