Ilkay Gundogan was all hustle and bustle in midfield, matching his box-to-box dynamism with a touch of class.
Mario Gotze hardly seemed bothered by the pre-match melodrama of his secretive transfer to Bayern Munich, putting in a shift reminiscent of Xavi Hernandez at his best.
Marco Reus meanwhile, was arguably the best player on the field. He is one of German football’s new brand of do-it-all technicians, and it was his surging runs from midfield which had Los Blancos on the back foot from the first minute of the game.
But who can argue with the vision of Polish international striker, Robert Lewandowski, rising like a colossus over the Westfalenstadion and the battered bodies of Real Madrid?
His quick thinking is allied to even quicker feet, and the ability to finish with grace or venom as the situation requires.
Real manager Jose Mourinho had never conceded four goals in a Champions League tie before. Now he has, and Lewa scored them all.
And The Special One was bristling after his team allowed Lewandowski to do what he does best.
"We lose him (Lewandowski) for three goals - I don't know about the penalty - when we know exactly what he does," Mourinho to Sky Sports.
"We know everything about him, the boy deserves credit, but we gave him big support."
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp meanwhile, has lavished praise on his talismanic hit-man, and reassured the club’s fans that he thinks Lewa will stay.
"Lewandowski is quality [because of] his mentality, his fitness, what he thinks about football, how cool he is," Klopp said.
"And I am sure he will stay."