This past week we saw two German clubs took down the two biggest Spanish clubs and two of the biggest clubs in the world at this moment in Real Madrid and that one club, I’m forgetting their name right now, oh right Barcelona. Now, the way that Bayern Munich have been playing the last couple of weeks, well really the whole season, you can easily make the case that the biggest club in the world for this season is Bayern Munich, especially after the way they manhandled Messi and company.
On Tuesday, Bayern Munich rolled over Barcelona with goals from Thomas Müller (2x), once in the first half, just 25 minutes in, and the second one eight minutes before stoppage time. Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez scored the other two goals for the Bundesliga Champions. One thing that really stood out to me was how they stifled the attacking movement of Lionel Messi, Pedro, and Alexis Sánchez. Munich’s defense it seemed like it was swarming to the ball whenever Barcelona was able to get into the attacking third of the pitch. Victor Valdes could do nothing to stop Müller’s first goal, as Robben’s cross found Dante inside the box and flicked it into the path of Müller, who just glided the ball into the back of the net.
To me, Robben was the man of the match on Tuesday as he was involved in all of Bayern Munich’s goals either by scoring, assisting them, or being a apart of the initial build up just as he was with the second goal. Robben crossed in a corner which Müller again got on the end of it, but an unmarked Mario Gomez finished it off by sweeping the ball in from right below the crossbar and into the back of the net. In the 72nd minute of the match, Robben capped off a superb bit of individual display after he got around the back of Jordi Alba before slotting the ball inside the far post. Bayern got one foot into the final for the second year in a row when Müller tucked in a ball from close range.
The Germans continued their dominance of Spain Wednesday night when Borussia Dortmund’s Lewandowski scored four goals against Real Madrid. Yes, that is correct, you’re reading that right. He scored FOUR AGAINST REAL MADRID. And oh, were three of his four goals ever so beautiful (one was not so as nice because it was a penalty kick, but nonetheless, it was good goal). Oh, and some guy named Cristiano Ronaldo scored the away goal for Madrid, you may have heard of him before. Lewandowski’s first goal of the match would come before the ten minute mark and put Dortmund up early as Götze swung in a superb cross that Lewandowski stretching out his left leg completely to redirect it into the net, after losing Pepe.
Ronaldo equalized the match right before halftime and gave Madrid a slight advantage, with scoring that ever important away goal. Hummel’s terrible back pass was pounced on by Higuan who squared it up for Ronaldo, who proceeded to slot the ball into the back of the net. Lewandowski completely took the match over in the second half. His second goal of the evening came in the 50th minute of the match after Reus’ pass hit the pole, even though Real Madrid were calling for offside, Lewandowski kept his cool and kept it low and past Diego Lopez.
Time and time again, on Wednesday night, Lewandowski was at the right place at the right time. His third goal of the match Schmelzer fumbled on the shot, but it somehow found Lewandowski who dragged the ball away from Pepe and fired it into the top of the goal. Xabi Alonso shoved Marco Reus in the back, deliberately, which gave Dortmund the chance to get their lead to three as Lewandowski converted the spot kick easily and finished off the Spanish champions at home by the final score of 4-1. Polish international, Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in the Champions League since Mario Gomez did it against Basel last season.