The 2013 UEFA Champions League has been a coming out party for Germany. Often regarded as a tier below the leagues of England and Spain, the nation's top two club teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, have smoked Spanish opponents in the semifinals of the competition, and are almost a sure thing to advance to the finals against one another.

Yesterday, in the European equivalent to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, Dortmund thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 on their home field in the first leg of their semifinal matchup, thanks to four goals from Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, in the performance of the tournament.

Lewandowski, who is often overlooked in international competition thanks to his subpar teammates on team Poland and overshadowed by the depth of talent possessed by rivals Bayern Munich, had the stage all to himself on Wednesday, upstaging the man widely regarded as the second best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, who only managed one goal in the match.

Real Madrid now need to win the second leg of the semifinals 3-0, or outscore Dortmund by four goals or more to advance to the finals. Should Madrid win 3-1, the winner will be determined through extra time and penalty kicks.

The most probable result, however, will be that Borussia Dortmund will keep Madrid's margin of victory to two goals or less and secure a spot in the finals against Bayern Munich in an all German UEFA Champions League final.

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