Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for UEFA Champions League goals in a season as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at the Bernabeu.
The FIFA Ballon d'Or winner was booed by Real fans during Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano, but he silenced his critics on Wednesday as the Liga outfit took a giant stride towards the semi-final of Europe's premier club competition.
Dortmund knocked Real out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage last season, but Carlo Ancelotti's side are on course to exact revenge over the Bundesliga side after sweeping them aside in a clinical first-leg display.
World-record signing Gareth Bale put them in front just two minutes in and Isco doubled their advantage before half-time as Jurgen Klopp's charges had no answer to Real's attacking threat.
Ronaldo then took centre stage after the break, scoring his 14th Champions League goal of another outstanding season to equal the record set by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi two years ago.
Robert Lewandowski scored all four goals when Dortmund beat Real 4-1 in the semi-final first leg at the Westfalenstadion last season and Klopp could do with a repeat performance from the Poland striker in the second leg next week when he returns after sitting out the first leg due to suspension.
Left-back Fabio Coentrao made a rare start for Real in the absence of Marcelo (hamstring), while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was charged with the considerable task of replacing Dortmund's talismanic striker Lewandowski.
Coach Ancelotti vowed to take the game to the visitors and his positive approach was rewarded when Bale put Real ahead.
Karim Benzema had a big hand in the goal as he picked out Daniel Carvajal and the marauding right-back provided a perfectly weighted pass for the onrushing Bale, who burst into the penalty area before taking a touch then poking the ball past Roman Weidenfeller with his left foot.
Ancelotti urged the Bernabeu faithful to get behind his side after turning on Ronaldo at the weekend and they were on their feet for a second time in the 27th minute when Isco produced a clinical finish from the edge of the box.
Dortmund were struggling to live with the home side and Weidenfeller pulled off another fine save to keep out Bale's dangerous free-kick after midfielder Sebastian Kehl was shown a yellow card that will keep him out of the second leg.
Having struck early in the first half, Bale almost caught Dortmund out again two minutes after the break, when he raced into the box but this time a tame finish left-foot finish with the outside of his left foot was saved by Weidenfeller.
Aubameyang could have made him pay for that miss a minute later, but the Gabon international fired a shot wide of the far post from a tight angle.
Portugal forward Ronaldo took the game beyond Dortmund with his 45th goal of the season after 54 minutes. Luka Modric was the provider, picking out Ronaldo in the area and he rounded Weidenfeller before tucking the ball into the empty net.
Dortmund were causing problems of their own and it needed a timely block from Pepe to thwart Henrikh Mkhitaryan, then the busy Weidenfeller produced another great stop to deny Benzema.
Bale could have added a fourth goal seven minutes from time, but blazed over the bar after embarking on a trademark run.
Klopp had conceded that Dortmund were underdogs for the tie and they looked every inch that as Real stayed on course to be crowned European champions for a 10th time and win the treble.
|Benzema wants to retire at Real Madrid|
|Atletico Madrid agree Costa deal with Chelsea|
|Only Messi´s dad has signed the contract - Benedito disputes Bartomeu claim|
|Klopp backs Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool to bounce back|
|China won´t compete even in 50 years - Tevez blasts level of Chinese football|
|Record revenues over £580m for Manchester United|
|Ancelotti defends Bayern fitness coach after Neuer injury|
|Burnley sign Lindegaard following Heaton injury|
|Injured Liverpool star Lallana steps up training|
|Juventus can´t stop Dybala leaving, admits Marotta|
|Mertens shrugs off Maradona comparisons after Napoli wondergoal|
|Ramos alarmed by Real Madrid´s ´f****** bad start´ in LaLiga|
|Wenger denies punishing Sanchez with lack of playing time|
|Athletic´s Yeray overcomes cancer for a second time|
|Wenger wanted Barry at Arsenal before Manchester City move|
|Mourinho: Scrapping EFL Cup could help English clubs in Europe|
|Neymar left Barcelona because of Messi – Mathieu|
|Dembele drops hint of early Barcelona return|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Nine-man Barcelona reach semis, Gremio also advance|
|Neville: Rashford as good as Mbappe and Dembele|
|MLS Review: Montreal win derby, Atlanta put four past Galaxy|
|Madrid can overturn deficit as captain Ramos remains calm|
|Neymar wouldn´t have treated Messi like he did Cavani – Forlan|
|Zidane not worried after Madrid lose ground on Barca|
|Casemiro calls for Madrid calm after shock Betis loss|
|Sane sends message to Guardiola as Manchester City shake off West Brom|
|Keep calm and carry on – Allegri backs Higuain to rediscover scoring touch|
|Bosz proud of table-topping Dortmund after Hamburg triumph|
|Montella points to schedule after uninspired Milan win|
|Conte confirms Luiz will be fit to face Atletico|
|Manchester City boss Guardiola hopeful Gundogan injury not serious|
|Real Madrid 0 Real Betis 1: Ronaldo´s return ruined as Sanabria stuns LaLiga champions|
|Wilshere is ready for the league - Wenger|
|Simeone lauds ´different class´ Griezmann|
|Mourinho praises United´s professionalism in EFL Cup win|
|Spurs to host West Ham in EFL Cup fourth round|
|West Brom 1 Manchester City 2: Sane at the double amid fresh Gundogan fears|
|Manchester United 4 Burton Albion 1: Mourinho´s men begin EFL Cup defence in style|
|Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0: Walcott hits winner for Wenger´s men|
|AC Milan 2 SPAL 0: Penalty double seals comfortable win for Montella´s side|
|Chelsea 5 Nottingham Forest 1: Hazard on form as Batshuayi claims hat-trick|
|Juventus 1 Fiorentina 0: Mandzukic on target as Bianconeri maintain winning start|
|Returning Gundogan limps out of impressive Manchester City return|
|Hamburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 3: Bosz´s men cruise back to Bundesliga summit|
|Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 2: Correa and Carrasco strike in second-half surge|
|I have nothing to prove - Paulinho|
|Prodl pens new four-year Watford contract|
|Monaco renew Subasic, Raggi deals|
|Sampson sacked as England Women´s boss|
|Manchester United to act against ´offensive behaviour´ after Lukaku race row|
|Atletico Madrid´s Wanda Metropolitano to host 2019 Champions League final|
|Chelsea confident of recruitment compliance amid FIFA investigation|
|Brighton seal permanent signing of Newcastle keeper Krul|
|Barcelona condemn Spanish crackdown on Catalonia independence vote|
|Benzema seals Real Madrid stay until 2021|
|Perisic promised Inter can match Manchester United|
|The race is on - Aubameyang lays down Lewandowski challenge|
|Cristiano Ronaldo´s Real Madrid return confirmed|
|Mbappe can prove he´s ready for Madrid at PSG - Morientes|
|PSG ´destroyed the market´ with Neymar and Mbappe - Elber|
|Coutinho withdrawal inspired Leicester to victory, claims Shakespeare|
|Valverde hopes Suarez benefits from Eibar rest|
|Wilshere returning to his best form - Wenger|
|Klopp: Liverpool are still a good football team|
|Pochettino hails ´top player´ Alli|
|Messi from ´another planet´, says Semedo|
|James performance pleases Ancelotti|
|Maestro Messi brings up 300 Camp Nou goals|
|Messi is extraordinary – Valverde hails Barcelona star|
|Inter eyeing Champions League return - Eder|
|Klopp ´sick´ of conceding as Liverpool tumble out of EFL Cup|
|Hodgson urges caution over Souare handling|
|Barcelona 6 Eibar 1: Majestic Messi leads romp with four goals for LaLiga leaders|
|Burnley 2 Leeds United 2 (aet, 3-5 pens): Lonergan the penalty hero as Championship leaders cause cu|
|I´m the first to trust young players - Conte defends Chelsea youth record|
|Matic and Fellaini have never been this good – Mourinho tells Carrick, Herrera to be patient|
|Tottenham 1 Barnsley 0: Alli sees off stubborn Tykes|
|Bologna 1 Inter 1: Contentious Icardi spot-kick maintains Spalletti´s unbeaten run|
|Leicester City 2 Liverpool 0: Okazaki, Slimani dump Klopp´s men out of EFL Cup|
|Schalke 0 Bayern Munich 3: James scores on first Bundesliga start|
|Atletico benefiting from competition of fringe players - Simeone|
|Manchester City have got two players for every position - Delph|
|Bayern could say they don´t need me – Lewandowski accepts football´s cut-throat nature|
|Montella to keep on rotating as he plans for long season|
|Billionaire investor announces he is ´done´ funding Hamburg|
|Wenger confirms Welbeck groin injury|
|Ljungberg sad to leave Wolfsburg|
|Ferdinand, McGregor and Curry - Sport´s most notable crossover stars|
|Messi has his story, I have mine - Dybala plays down compatriot comparisons|
|Hazard to start against Nottingham Forest as Conte prepares to rotate|
|New Real Madrid contract ´already done´ for Zidane|
|Chelsea won´t appeal David Luiz red card, Conte confirms|
|Mbappe and Dembele lead Golden Boy nominees|
|Dembele tipped for early January return after successful surgery|
|I hope it´s the last time – Zidane relieved to welcome back Ronaldo|
|Szczesny to face Fiorentina as Allegri calls for Juventus consistency|
|Gundogan fears he might never return to top form after Manchester City injury nightmare|
|Kick It Out contact Manchester United over ´offensive´ Lukaku chant|
|Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer ruled out until January|
|Cologne drop protest against Borussia Dormtund VAR goal|
|Ferdinand wants to recapture ´chemical of competition´ from boxing|
|Barcelona not planning January signings despite Dembele injury|
|Neville trolls Ferdinand as Manchester United great starts boxing career|
|Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand to launch boxing career|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain relieved to join Liverpool from Arsenal, says Klopp|
|Case closed! Tianjin Quanjian dismiss Aubameyang links|
|Tevez has not met expectations, says Shanghai Shenhua chairman|
|Socceroos pair Jedinak and Rukavytsya return to squad for World Cup play-off|
|Allegri not the reason for Bonucci´s Juve exit – wife|
|Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea|
|We aren´t far off Real Madrid – Herrera sees no reason for De Gea to head home|
|Manchester City obliged to win title after spending so much - Herrera|