Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos offered no excuses for his team after it suffered a bruising 4-1 reverse at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, admitting it was outplayed by the Germans in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
The Blancos were overwhelmed by a stunning exhibition of finishing by Robert Lewandowski, who netted all of his side's goals as it inflicted a punishing defeat on its rivals. Madrid was given a lifeline by Cristiano Ronaldo's away goal, but will have to turn around a three-goal deficit on home soil if it wishes to reach the final.
Speaking after the final whistle, Ramos recognized his team was defeated by a far superior outfit.
"We had no attitude. They were better, that's all. We still got 90 minutes but it's so difficult with a German team," the center back told reporters.
"People thought we were lucky, but they are a good team. Team spirit and the hard work won today."
Asked whether he thought Madrid's hopes were still alive in the tournament, Sergio gave a tepid response.
"It will be difficult to pass [into the final]. We must try hard from the beginning to have options in this competition," he said.
Madrid will host Dortmund in the Santiago Bernabeu on April 30, knowing it must score at least three times to have a chance of reaching the final.
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