Andre Schurrle’s late strike earned Borussia Dortmund a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on a thrilling night in Germany.
Dortmund made all the early running, with electric passing moves cutting through Madrid’s defence, although their finishing was poor.
Keylor Navas made a good stop from Gonzalo Castro’s free-kick, while Ousmane Dembele twice fired over the bar.
Madrid broke the deadlock in the 17th minute, when Gareth Bale’s back-heel sat up nicely for Cristiano Ronaldo to dispatch with aplomb.
Dortmund continued to push and eventually levelled two minutes before half-time, when Castro’s free-kick was punched out by Keylor Navas and hit Raphael Varane, bouncing back into the goalkeeper’s net, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on hand to ensure it went over the line.
Varane made amends in the second half when he stabbed home from close range after Benzema’s shot bounced back off the woodwork, but Schurrle’s late blaster saw the scores levelled in the nick of time for the hosts.
After being hooked off 20 minutes before the end of Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Las Palmas, Ronaldo went on a rant at his manager. He was criticised for his performance in the media, as well as his behaviour. Spanish newspaper Diario Sport claimed this is Ronaldo’s worst ever start to a season.
Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was asked about playing an out-of-form Ronaldo in the pre-match press conference. “You cannot declare that Cristiano Ronaldo is not on form, full stop,” Tuchel said.
“Who said Cristiano is out of form? And what does that mean? I can’t give a concrete answer but Cristiano is one of the best players in the world. He is an incredible player, a born winner.
“He can be decisive for his team in any moment in a game and that’s why we’re expecting to face the best Real Madrid side possible. It’s a Champions League night in Dortmund and the best players bring their best performances on nights like these.”
He was not wrong. We will never see the flying winger who made his name in England again, but Ronaldo put in a fine performance. He finished the opening goal superbly and put in a wonderful cross which led to Madrid’s second.
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