Munich - What a difference a year can make. In April 2013, Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid CF 4-1 in a UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg, but 12 months on the roles were reversed, as BVB suffered a damaging 3-0 loss to the same opposition in a quarter-final first leg in Madrid.

Dortmund will be able to be welcome back Robert Lewandowski - the man who famously scored four in that game a year ago - for the return fixture at Signal Iduna Park next week, but face an uphill task to reach the last four for the second year running. rounds up what the international press made of Wednesday’s action at the Santiago Bernabeu...


Süddeutsche Zeitung: The difference compared to last season is frightening. This was an injury-plagued BVB against Real Madrid, with Dortmund no longer on an equal footing with the Spaniards but clearly, and deservedly, second-best.

Ruhrnachrichten: The fairytale is over: Borussia Dortmund were dealt a deserved 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night. Real justified their tag of favourites, while BVB lacked the necessary 'cojones'.

Spain Not even the 4-1 win by Dortmund last season will be enough for Dortmund now. Not even Lewandowski, not even if the stars align, will be enough to stop a fourth consecutive semi-final for Real Madrid. There was only one side in the Bernabeu, only one big team.

Marca: Real Madrid took a major step toward their fourth consecutive Champions League semi-final by defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in their first leg quarter-final on Wednesday night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. First-half goals from Gareth Bale and Isco and a second-half strike from Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real 90 minutes away from avenging last year's semi-final defeat to the German outfit.


The Independent: The Borussia Dortmund manager, Jürgen Klopp, had described his team as the Cinderella of the last eight - this season they will not be going to the ball. Last year’s Champions League finalists were mauled by Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night with Gareth Bale and fellow expensive summer signing Isco getting first-half goals and Ronaldo scoring on his 100th Champions League appearance.

The Guardian: At the end of this game the Borussia Dortmund coach, Jürgen Klopp, was asked if he thought there was a chance of his side turning the tie around after Real Madrid had completed their first-leg victory. The reply was eloquent: "Do you think I am an idiot?" he said. "We lost 3-0 and now we have to shut up. This is not a situation for hope or big speeches."

BBC Sport: Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored as Real Madrid moved towards their fourth successive Champions League semi-final with victory over Borussia Dortmund. Jürgen Klopp's side, who were beaten by Bayern Munich in last season's final, will retain faint hope they can turn the tie around, but they will also realise they were soundly beaten by a Real side who was not operating at their very best.

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Bleacher Report: An underwhelming Dortmund were put to the sword on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie with Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp's side, which beat the Spaniards en route to the final last year, fell 3-0 at the Bernabeu in a match that saw all its flaws exploited with deadly precision.


Times of India: Real Madrid eased towards a fourth consecutive Champions League semi-final as Cristiano Ronaldo equalled another goal scoring record in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

South Africa Last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund were left ruing a number of missed chances in their 3-0 first leg defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving them with only a slim chance of making the last four.