Real condemns Dortmund to second straight Champions League loss

Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund by 3-1 to condemn the Bundesliga leaders to a second straight defeat after the hosts lost their opening game to Tottenham at a similar scoreline.

Gareth Bale opened Real’s account with a superb volley, before Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer of last season’s edition of the tournament, converted Bale’s cutback four minutes after the break.

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stabbed home Gonzalo Castro’s cross to narrow the gap soon after Ronaldo’s goal, the Portuguese broke clear of the famed Yellow Wall and lashed home his 13th goal in his last seven Champions League games at the 79th minute. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

With Ronaldo’s second goal coming awkwardly late in the game, it proved to be too wide a gap for Dortmund to repeat their feat of last season, where they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Real, who eventually went on to win the Champions League title.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane then said afterward: “We had chances. We had a spectacular game, a brilliant game. I am delighted for Ronaldo and Bale. The side worked hard. The midfield worked very hard. I am extremely happy because they played a tremendous game.”

There is much to be glad for the Frenchman to be glad about too, as the result meant that they have the full six points after just two group stage games, ahead of a potentially challenging fixture against Dortmund in two weeks.

As for Dortmund, it meant a second straight defeat in the Champions League group stage for them — meaning that they are left pointless along with Apoel Nicosia at the bottom of Group H, who themselves were handed a separate defeat by Tottenham by 3-0 at home.

However, the Bundesliga giants would rue refereeing mistakes as they had looked to Bjorn Kuipers for a penalty early in the match when Maximilian Philipp’s cross appeared to hit Real skipper Sergio Ramos’s arm on the line, but the Dutch referee signalled play on.

Still, Ramos himself could also have widen the gap but twice missed from headers, first nodding over Toni Kroos’s cross before sending his second effort straight at Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.

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