It was Bundesliga two, La Liga nil this week as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund saw off Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively in the Champions League semi-final, setting up an all-German clash at Wembley on May 25th.
Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Late rally from Los Blancos not enough as Jurgen Klopp's side progress
Too little, too late: a last ditch brace from Real Madrid was one goal short of what the Spanish giants needed to stand a chance of winning their tenth European crown as Borussia Dortmund progressed to the Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid: Lewandowski fires home four as Champions League moves one-step closer to an all-German final
Upon his arrival in the Spanish capital, newly appointed Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was well aware that one of his main objectives at the club was to return the Champions League trophy to the Bernabeu for a record tenth time. It would be hard for him to imagine that a club on the verge of bankruptcy less than a decade ago would be the team to stop him.
It’s an unfortunate rarity that two of the best sides in the world get to compete directly against each other, as Bayern Munich and Barcelona did in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, it is also a rarity that when those clashes do occur they are as one sided as this Champions League semi-final was.
If Real Madrid’s clash with Manchester United was a job interview for Jose Mourinho as he eyes up the hot seat at Old Trafford then the current incumbent, Sir Alex Ferguson, gave the Portuguese a master class in just what is expected of a United boss as the Red Devils held Los Blancos to a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
In a game in which Real largely dominated, Manchester United struck first against the run of play, with a floated corner from Wayne Rooney reaching Danny Welbeck, who broke free of his marker, Sergio Ramos, far too easily before rising to head the ball past Diego Lopez and into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead after twenty minutes.
It didn’t take long for Real Madrid to strike back, however, with another header offering up the second goal of the game as Cristiano Ronaldo, playing his first game against United since leaving the North West in the summer of 2009, rose high above the helpless Patrice Evra to bring the home side level with half an hour of the game played.