Gareth Bale scores the opener for Real Madrid (Getty Images)

Real Madrid grabbed a comfortable 3-0 lead in the first leg of the quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund to claim a strong hold in the Champions League. Last year’s runners-up of the competition looked fragile without star-man Robert Lewandowski who was out due to suspension. (Check out the action in pics)

Gareth Bale opened the scoring in just three minutes, showing quick feet to poke his effort past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. The goal completely stunned Dortmund who then conceded the next goal through Isco a little before the half-an-hour mark of the game. The young Spaniard who was deputizing for unwell Angel Di Maria shot low from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.

The start of the  second-half  saw Real Madrid take it easy allowing Dortmund a lot more time and space. The German side completely lacked confidence in front of goal on the night and could’ve scored two goals had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the net on two occassions.

Madrid then decided to finish the tie off as Cristiano Ronaldo, who played his 100th Champions League game, received a superb through ball from Luka Modric to easily cut away from Weidenfeller to slot home.

The result favours Real Madrid to go through, but with Robert Lewandowski returning for the second leg Borussia Dortmund could still cook-up an evil plan to turn things around at the Signal Iduna Park.