Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid – story of the match

26 September 2017 10:26
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid secured a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund to maintain their 100 per cent record in Champions League Group H.

Wales forward Gareth Bale put the Spanish side in front with a well-taken volley in the 18th minute before setting up Ronaldo to double the lead at the start of the second half.

Dortmund, the Bundesliga leaders, reduced the deficit through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after 54 minutes, but Ronaldo had the final say when slotting in a third with 11 minutes left.

Tweet of the match

Star man

Ronaldo. The Portugal forward marked his 150th European club football appearance with another finishing masterclass to continue his impressive Champions League goalscoring form.

Moment of the match

Bale had already been denied the chance of a close-range tap-in from Ronaldo’s cross by a last-ditch sliding tackle from Lukasz Piszczek when he was again in the right place at the right time to dispatch a superb left-foot volley back over the goalkeeper after being picked out on the left side of the Dortmund box by a sweeping pass from Dani Carvajal.

Data point

Ronaldo had scored 12 goals in his last six Champions League matches before the brace at Signal Iduna Park, which took his tally to 411 in some 400 games for Real Madrid.

Player ratings

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was again Madrid’s talisman (Michael Probst/AP)

Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burki 6 (out of 10), Lukasz Piszczek 6, Sokratis Papastathopoulos 6, Omer Toprak 6, Jeremy Toljan 6, Gonzalo Castro 7, Nuri Sahin 6, Mario Gotze 6, Andriy Yarmolenko 6, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7, Maximilian Philipp 6. Substitutes: Mahmoud Dahoud (for Toljan 60) 6, Julian Weigl (for Sahin 60) 6, Christian Pulisic (for Gotze 76) 6.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 6, Dani Carvajal 7, Sergio Ramos 6, Raphael Varane 6, Nacho 6, Gareth Bale 8, Toni Kroos 6, Casemiro 6, Luka Modric 7, Isco 7, Cristiano Ronaldo 9. Substitutes: Marco Asensio (for Isco 75) 6, Lucas (for Bale 85) 6, Dani Ceballos (for Modric 90) 6.

Who’s up next?

Real Madrid v Espanyol (LaLiga, October 1)

Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, September 30)

Source: By PA Sport Staff