Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid: Andre Schurrle's stunning late strike salvages a draw for Thomas Tuchel's side
- Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into the lead at Westfalenstadion with 17th minute strike
- Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits close-range equaliser just before the break
- French defender Raphael Varane restored Real's lead with 20 minutes of the contest remaining
- Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle pounced in the dying minutes to salvage a draw for home side
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and made one but failed to inspire a Real Madrid victory against Borussia Dortmund as former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle levelled with three minutes remaining.
After his weekend sulk, Ronaldo was back to his Champions League best putting the finishing touch on a fine team goal midway through the first-half.
Madrid were then hit by a sucker-punch when Keylor Navas used his fists to clear a tame free-kick and the ball rebounded straight to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the line to equalise.
Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into the lead at Westfalenstadion with a 17th minute strike
The Portugal star celebrates his early strike against the in-form Germans in their crunch Group F encounter
Ronaldo races towards Real team-mate Danilo after he opened the scoring against Thomas Tuchel's outfit in Germnay
Real fail to hold their lead as Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pounces with an equaliser
Aubameyang's close-range effort tied up the scores approaching half-time after a lively first-half in Dortmund
French defender Raphael Varane restores Real's lead with 20 minutes of the contest remaining
Varane is mobbed by team-mates after his late effort secures an impressive away win for the Spanish giants
Trailing 2-1 and with just three minutes left on the clock, Andre Schurrle stunning strike secured a draw for the home side
But with a the kind of cross he likes to be on the end of Ronaldo delivered the perfect assist. Benzema volleyed it on to the bar and Varane swept it in from close-range.
It seemed Real would surely now go on to take all three points but Schurrle rifled a loose ball into the roof of Navas’ net and it means Real have still never beaten Dortmund on their home turf; and they still have ‘yellow fever’ – three draws now against teams who play in that colour.
Things started well with Ronaldo going close with a free-kick that Roman Burki had to save. Navas was soon in the action at the other end when he saved a Gonzalo Castro free-kick and then dived full length to stop a Aubameyang effort.
English referee Mark Clattenburg then let Ronaldo off as he blocked a free-kick with his arm.
It was fast and furious and Madrid were undaunted by their record of never having won here.On 17 minutes they were ahead.
Modric started the move playing in Benzema who then picked out Toni Kroos. He moved the ball onto to James Rodriguez who found Bale inside the six-yard box. He set-up Ronaldo with a clever back-heeled nutmeg, which the Champions League record scorer dispatched off the far post.
He might have celebrated with anyone of the team-mates who had been so important in the brilliant build-up but instead he ran to compatriots Fabio Coentrao and Pepe on the touchline. Those closest to him had evidently been important for him in a difficult last few days.
It wasn’t just goal number 95 in the Champions League it also made it 28 goals in his last 19 games away from home. He scores every time he visits Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund were dominating possession but Real Madrid had the lead and two minutes before the break Zidane was a content man. Then Navas made his blooper.
Sergio Ramos’ mistake came first, fouling Mario Goetze on the edge of the area. There was no need for the drama to turn into a crisis, however. Raphaël Guerreiro’s free-kick was weak and straight at Navas but unfathomably he punched it instead of letting it drop into his arms. Worse still he punched it straight at Raphael Varane and with the ball bouncing off of him and heading across the line Aubameyan was on hand to make sure – 1-1 and so much of Real Madrid’s first half work undone.
Ronaldo had headed inMadrid’s second before the break but seen it correctly ruled out for offside. Ten minutes into the second half he was very much onside when Ramos sent a teasing deep cross to the back post but he failed to make contact with his header.
Bale then sprinted clear of the Dortmund defence and rolled an inviting cross into Benzema’s path but the Frenchman was slow to it and the chance was gone. He reacted more quickly on 68 minutes connecting with Ronaldo’s superb cross from the left and volleying on to the bar. It had been a night for rebounds inside the six-yard box for Varane. This time he knew all about it, swooping to score his first goal of the season.
Dortmund almost reacted immediately but Guerreiro’s shot was saved at full stretch by Navas diving down to his left. The two players who combined to gift Dortmund their first-half equalizer had both been decisive in what looked like a precious three points for Real Madrid but Schürrle had other ideas. Real Madrid still can’t get over that yellow wall.
Ronaldo appeals for a free-kick after during a hard-fought second-half at Dortmund HQ
Never far from the action, two-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo reacts after a missed chance in the second-half
Dortmund left back Raphael Guerreiro (left) goes airborne to contest a loose ball with Real defender Dani Carvajal
Real midfielder Luka Modric looks to weave his way through a throng of Dortmund defenders
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane keeps a close eye on proceedings during the opening exchanges of the game
France and Real centre-back Raphael Varane (left) tries to keep pace with Dortmund's dangerman Aubameyang
Wales star Gareth Bale gets physical with Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer as the visitors take an early lead
Schmelzer is in the thick of the action once more as the German left back battles for possession with Karim Benzema