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Madrid firepower hints at tougher task for BVB

Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund met four times last season, the German side prevailing in a thrilling semi-final, although their Spanish rivals are in the mood to turn the tables.

Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund renew their rivalry at the Santiago Bernabéu a year after the German side ended Madrid's dreams of winning a tenth European Cup with a thrilling semi-final victory.

Previous meetings
• The sides met four times in 2012/13, Dortmund winning 2-1 at home in the group stage as Robert Lewandowski and Marcel Schmelzer scored either side of Cristiano Ronaldo's strike. In Spain Dortmund led twice through Marco Reus and Álvaro Arbeloa's own goal, Madrid replying through Pepe and Mesut Özil, although it was the German side who finished the group on top, three points above their opponents.

• The teams were reunited in the semi-finals and again Dortmund prevailed, Lewandowski scoring all four goals – a European Cup semi-final first – in a 4-1 first-leg win in Germany. Late goals from Karim Benzema (83) and Sergio Ramos (88) set up a frenzied finish to the second leg, but Dortmund held on, although they went on to lose the Wembley final to FC Bayern München 2-1.

• The full lineups for the semi-final second leg at the Bernabéu on 30 April 2013 were:
Madrid: López, Essien, Varane, Ramos, Coentrão (Kaká 57), Ronaldo, Özil, Alonso (Khedira 67), Modrić, Higuaín (Benzema 57), Di María.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotić, Hummels, Schmelzer, Błaszczykowski, Bender (Felipe Santana 90+1), Gündoğan, Götze (Grosskreutz 14), Reus, Lewandowski (Kehl 87).

• Carlo Ancelotti's charges could look for inspiration from the 1997/98 semi-final when Fernando Morientes and Christian Karembeu's first-leg goals in the Spanish capital gave Madrid a 2-0 aggregate triumph on their way to collecting the trophy.

• The full lineups in Madrid on 1 April 1998 were:
Madrid: Illgner, Panucci, Sanchís, Sanz, Roberto Carlos, Karembeu, Redondo, Seedorf, Mijatović (Šuker 51), Raúl, Morientes (Jaime 88).
Dortmund: Klos, Julio César, Binz, Kree, Reuter, Freund, But, Reinhardt, Ricken (Zorc 81), Chapuisat, Herrlich (Decheiver 47).

• Current Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and youth team coordinator Lars Ricken featured in both games for Nevio Scala's side.

• Madrid also overcame Dortmund 2-1 at home in the 2002/03 second group stage as Raúl González and Ronaldo overturned Jan Koller's goal. Six days later Koller struck again but Javier Portillo's added-time effort made it 1-1. Madrid qualified in second place, one point above Dortmund.

• From those 2002/03 fixtures, Sebastian Kehl and then reserve keeper Roman Weidenfeller are still at Dortmund and Iker Casillas remains at Madrid.

Match background
• Madrid, nine-time European Cup winners, are in the last eight for a fourth consecutive campaign. They have lost in the semi-finals in each of the previous three seasons.

• Madrid's record against German visitors is W19 D4 L2. Bayern, with victories in 2000 and 2001, are the only Bundesliga team to have won at the Bernabéu. Madrid's record in two-legged ties with German clubs in UEFA competition is W12 L8.

• Dortmund's overall record in Spain is W1 D4 L6. That sole success was a 1-0 triumph at Club Atlético de Madrid in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League group stage, the campaign which ended with them lifting the trophy for the only time. Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides reads W5 L2.

• In the round of 16, Madrid became the first team to score six goals away in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, winning their first leg at FC Schalke 04 6-1 with Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo all scoring twice. It was only Madrid's second triumph on German soil, at the 26th attempt, and set up a 9-2 aggregate triumph with Ronaldo taking his personal goal tally to 13 – within one goal of the record for a European Cup season jointly held by José Altafini (1962/63) and Lionel Messi (2011/12).

• Ronaldo had managed nine goals in the group stage – a new competition record – with Madrid winning all three home games against FC København (4-0), Juventus (2-1) and Galatasaray AŞ (4-1). The second-leg success against Schalke took their run of successive home UEFA Champions League wins to six, with 18 goals for and three against in that sequence.

• In last season's quarter-final Madrid beat Galatasaray 3-0 with Ronaldo, Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín all on target. A 3-2 defeat away, with Ronaldo scoring both, was not enough to prevent them qualifying for a record 24th semi-final.

• Ancelotti is a four-time winner of the competition as player and coach. His knockout record against German sides as coach and player is W5 D1 L4.

• Dortmund progressed to their second successive quarter-final with a 5-4 aggregate defeat of FC Zenit, winning 4-2 away and progressing despite a 2-1 home loss.

• In the group stage Jürgen Klopp's men went down 2-1 at SSC Napoli in their opening Group F fixture but won by the same scoreline at both Arsenal FC and Olympique de Marseille, meaning they have won three of their four away games in this season's competition.

• In last season's quarter-finals, Dortmund won 3-2 at home against Malága CF after a goalless first leg. Isco played both games for the Spanish side.

Team ties
• Nuri Şahin played ten games for Madrid in 2011/12 – four in the UEFA Champions League – after signing from Dortmund. He rejoined BVB in January 2013 on an 18-month loan having spent the first half of the season at Liverpool FC.

• While at Bayer 04 Leverkusen last season, Daniel Carvajal lost 3-0 away to Dortmund and 3-2 at home.

• Germany's Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, İlkay Gündoğan, Sven Bender, Kevin Grosskreutz and Reus are international team-mates of the injured Sami Khedira.

• All bar Bender and Grosskreutz featured in Germany's 3-1 friendly loss to Argentina in August 2013. Khedira (own goal) and Ángel Di María were on the scoresheet for Argentina.

• Khedira scored Germany's winner in the 2-1 friendly victory in Paris in February 2013; Hummels and Gündoğan were also in the winning side, Benzema appearing for France.

• Hummels played in Germany's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 group stage victory in Lviv over a Portugal side featuring Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and Ronaldo.

• Neven Subotić was in the Serbia side beaten 2-0 by Luka Modrić's Croatia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Zagreb in March 2013. He suffered an identical friendly defeat in St Gallen in May 2012 against a Spain team including Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Raúl Albiol.

• Jakub Błaszczykowski and Lewandowski's Poland lost 6-0 to Spain in Murcia in June 2010, Alonso scoring once.

• Khedira won the 2006/07 Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart. 

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