Internationally, Germans have been looking up to Spain for years: Germany lost the 2008 European Championship final to Spain and fell again to the Spaniards in the 2010 World Cup semifinals.
Now, the Germans may have moved past their role models.
"Amazing. In two days, the two brightest students of the class have been brushed aside in Germany," columnist Alfredo Relano wrote in the Spanish sports daily AS.
Perhaps the most striking example of the ascendancy of German clubs is that Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona star player and hugely successful coach, will take over at Bayern next season. Barcelona won 14 out of 19 possible titles in his four years in Spain.
But despite this week's result, Guardiola's old team isn't going to give up so easily.
"When things don't go your way you have to count to 10, wait until everyone calms down a little, and take the time to think and use reason," Iniesta said. "If we want to keep competing like we have been and fight for titles, we need to improve many things for the simple reason that to keep on winning you always have to get better."
Next week, Barcelona will need to be a lot better if they want to advance. Madrid, too.