Real Madrid all but guaranteed their progress to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with a 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham at the Bernabeu.
A brace from Emmanuel Adebayor and second half goals from Angel di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo punished an outclassed Spurs side, who played most of Tuesday’s match with 10 men.
Spurs’ striker Peter Crouch was sent off after a quarter of an hour, immediately putting his side on the back foot.
Tottenham pair Gareth Bale and William Gallas were fit to start after being under injury clouds during the week, but the loss of winger Aaron Lennon due to illness in the warm-up also did not help the visitors.
Real Madrid trio Ronaldo, Marcelo and di Maria, who were all in doubt for the game, started for the hosts.
And they opened the scoring inside five minutes as Adebayor scored his first European goal for the club.
He was given too much space to squeeze his header past the man on the post from a Ronaldo corner.
It went from bad to worse for the visitors in the 15th minute when Crouch saw red for a second rash challenge in the space of seven minutes.
Bale provided Spurs with some life down the left hand side and on the half hour mark he rifled a shot into the side netting.
But 12 minutes into the second half Adebayor completed his brace when he was again given too much space inside the area.
Ronaldo played his corner short into the feet of Marcelo and the Brazilian left-back crossed for Adebayor to brilliantly head home.
The dangerous striker was denied his hat-trick soon after when Gomes tipped another one of his headers over the bar.
Madrid’s dominance deserved a third goal and they got one through di Maria in the 72nd minute.
The Argentine midfielder was given too much space and time on the edge of the area and he delivered the knockout blow with a rocket into the top corner.
If Spurs had any hope of getting back into the tie it disappeared minutes before the end when Gomes failed to keep out a Ronaldo volley.
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