German side Borussia Dortmund had to come from behind twice to pick a point in a 2 – 2 draw with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League clash staged at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday 27 September, with goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Schurrle after Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane had scored for Real.
Real Madrid went to the game somewhat thin with the available squad, depleted by injuries and manager Zinedine Zidane had to make with a changed team, making four changes to the Real Madrid side which drew with Las Palmas on Saturday. Keylor Navas starts in goal ahead of Kiko Casilla, while Danilo replaces Nacho at left-back, in the continued absence of Marcelo.
On the other end Dortmund’s Tuchel made just one change to the team from their win over Freiburg on the weekend, in an effort to keep the chemistry alive. Raphael Guerreiro came in to play on the left side of midfield, in a more attacking role than he’s previously been familiar with, sending Emre Mor to the substitute’s bench.
A strong start from the hosts had Dortmund dominate and on 11 minutes Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s free-kick was blocked by a blatant handball atop the area by Cristiano Ronaldo, but referee Mark Clattenburg missed it in what turned to be a big escape for the visitors.
A break from Real Madrid thereafter had Karim Benzema released clean on goal but lost his footing and the hosts escaped that moment but there was no reprieve on the 17th minute as Ronaldo grabbed the opener and his 95th goal in the Champions League.
Gareth Bale released Ronaldo with a clinical back and the Portuguese international made no mistake rifling a low shot home to stun the hosts.
Dortmund went close through Sokratis on the 33rd minute after he rose higher than Sergio Ramos to head goalward with power but his attempt was straight at Keylor Navas.
They did not have to wait for too long thereafter as a poor clearance from Navas hit Raphael Varane in the back and fell gracefully for Aubameyang who only had to bundle the ball home from close range on 43 minutes to send the match to the break tied at 1 – 1.
Real Madrid retook the lead on the 68th minute with Ronaldo and Benzema heavily involved but it was Benzema who had the telling contribution, hitting the post before Varane appeared in the area to direct the rebound home in an unguarded net.
The hosts were unrelenting and continued fighting back and they duly got their reward on the 87th minute through the returning Andre Schurrle to ensure a share of the spoils.