Fast start – Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real a ninth minute lead against Galatasaray with a delightful finish to take his tally to nine for the competition and 45 for the season.
Deadly Drogba – Didier Drogba, who scored the winning penalty in the final for Chelsea against Bayern Munich last season, caused the Real defense problems in the opening stages.
Benzema beauty – Karim Benzema doubled Real's lead on 29 minutes after Michael Essien's cross caused confusion in the Turkish defense and left the striker with a simple finish.
Hot Higuain – Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to add Real's third and all but secure its place in the last four of the competition.
Platini protest – Malaga fans protest against UEFA president Michel Platini over threats to refuse the club permission to play in European competition next season because of its financial situation.
Battle stations – Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek had his hands full up against Malaga's talented midfielder Isco in a hard-fought affair in Spain. Malaga, which is playing in the competition for the first time in its history, was given a rough ride by the German side.
Phantom menace – Marcel Schmelzer started in defense for Dortmund despite being forced to wear a mask after breaking his nose at the weekend.
Dortmund deadlock – Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski wasted a glorious opportunity to grab an away goal, while midfielder Mario Gotze also squandered a chance as the game finished goalless.