PEEP! PEEP! FULLTIME!
Real Madrid 2 - 2 Borussia Dortmund
What a fasinating game that was. Madrid were well on top in the first half, but their intensity dropped visibly in the second half. Dortmund clawed their way back into the game, and the moment Reus ran onto the field you sensed that they would up their game. They did - if Reus stays fit, they will take some beating - and earned a deserved draw.
It was an exhilirating end-to-end game with plenty of chances for both teams and four really good team goals; and it could have gone either way. On balance, though, a point was fair for both teams.
This means that Dortmund top the group, and Madrid remain second. WHOEVER MEETS THEM WILL BE CURSING THEIR LUCK FOR TOPPING THEIR GROUP, THOUGH!
That's all from me tonight! Thanks for the company.. Anirudh Menon signing out
93' SILLY FROM CARVAJAL! Reus played in Auba with a masterful pass - and the Real Madrid right back barged into Aubameyang! THAT VERY WELL COULD HAVE BEEN A PENALTY! But the ref waves it away!
92' Marcelo lumps in a freekick towards that deadly target man - Sergio Ramos - but the Yellow defensive line holds firm. Dembele wins a goalkikc with some intelligent play
91' Madrid are second in the group now - and they will be going all out for the winner!
90' For once Ronaldo's touch lets him down. James plays in a lovely little dink to the far post, but Ronaldo can't chest it down well enough. OH!
Mor plays in a delighful ball behind Madrid's defence. For once, Auba has isolated Ramos, and there is no way the Spaniard is catching the striker. He flies into the box, and squares it where that wonderful man - Marco Reus - makes no mistake in slamming it from near the penalty box. UNSAVEABLE FINISH!
88' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!! REUS! REUS! REUS!!!
87' They play it short this time, but Weigl's ball in is ridiculously poor for a man of his talent. The momentum is sucked out of the move, and soon, Madrid have the ball back.
86' Emre Mor wins a corner of Marcelo, and then he swings in a ball that is headed away by Varane for another
85' SUBSTITUTION - Morata ON for goalscoring hero Benzema - who gets a standing ovation. Ronaldo has now moved into the centre officially. HE REALLY WANTS A GOAL, doesnt he.
84' Mor sticks a ball into the far post - but once again it's not nearly good enough to trouble Navas. Dortmund, though, are maintaining their composure and are passing it around with patience. Just as I say that, a loose ball concedes a goal kick. Sigh.
83' Having said all that, Dembele loses the ball to Carvajal and RONALDO IS RELEASED THROUGH! BUT SOKRATIS HAS THE PACE TO CATCH UP WITH HIM AND NICK THE BALL AWAY!
82' Sokratis tries to power it in Roberto Carlos style. But like 99% of Senor Carlos' shots, it comes to nothing. Dortmund try building patiently again, and with Reus on the pitch - their passing is looking a lot more incisive
81' SUBSTITUTION - Castro OFF, Rode ON. Meanwhile Kroos tries to release Ronaldo, but his radar is not yet calibrated to optimum efficiency, and the ball flies well wide of a not-very-happy Cristiano. At the other Ramos hauls Reus to the ground.
80' Madrid win a corner, and RAMOS FORCES AN EXCELLENT SAVE OUT OF WEIDENFELLER! Great header from the home captain!
79' RONALDO HITS THE POST!!! He finds himself free in the box, and with a lovely touch kills the ball dead. He then looks up, sees Weidenfeller approaching and sidefoots it past him - and onto the post! OW!!
78' Ronaldo sticks a lovely ball into the box, but Sokratis heads away imperiously.... the ball comes right back and...
77' What a player Emre Mor is. He scampers along the edge of the box and teases and twirls around a couple of Madrid shirts. He gets carried away though, and soon gets overcrowded. Should have crossed - Reus and Auba let the young man know that in very polite tems.
76' Batra gets megged by a cheeky Vazquez trick, but his cross into the box is unceremoniously booted away fby Sokratis.
75' Vazquez does well to win a freekick off a frustrated Castro. He shouldn't get frustated really - Dortmund just need a goal to draw level, and go on top!
74' OH MARCELO! Vazquez motors down the right before playing a ball into the box. It's cut out and it drops to MARCELO WHO HAMMERS ONE INTO ROW Z! Zizou is furious on the touchlines - that man knows a thing or two about how to volley a football, no?
73' (AND dont tell me about the Atleti kick - that was deflected in off Savic's back) Reus runs in behind Carvajal, and lets fly with a shot - but Carvajal pouts enough pressure on him to make him scuff it
72' As anyone and their mum would have predicted, the shot smacks into the wall - he wastes quite a lot of freekicks doesn't he? I wonder what happened with that knuckleball technique of his!
71' James Rodriguez loses out to Sokratis. But the Greek is booked for a handball. It's a freekick in Ronaldo territory and the man has a crack at it..,
69' FREE HEADER for Benzema! But his powerful header is well saved again by Weidenfeller. Dortmund immediately counter, and Casemiro enters the ref's naughty book for hauling down Aubameyang! HE Might very well have been through on goal there otherwise! What a finish this game has been set up for!
68' RONALDOOOOOO! He digs out a shot with nothing on, and almost slices the ball brilliantly into the top corner. Great save from Weidenfeller!
67' Carvajal is still a threat bombing forward, though. He nutmegs Reus before laying it off to Ronaldo. Cristiano's extravagant backheel is cut out by Batra, but it runs to Benzema who almooooost plays in Carvajal through on goal. Schmelzer did brilliantly to recover.
66' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored 19 goals in his last 17 games across all competitions for Dortmund. And that makes it 20 in the group stages for Dortmund. THAT EQUALS A UCL RECORD! WOOF!
65' Schmelzer is making siome lovely runs in here, and Carvajal is having a bit of nightmare trying to pick him out. The ball is worked out to the right where Aubameyang lets Madrid off the hook by shoving Marcelo to the ground. Excellent defending from the Brazilian, that.
64' OH AUBA!! The Turk is immediately into the action as he swings in a teasing ball that flies inches away from an outstretched Aubameyang boot.
63' SUBSTITUTIONS - Kroos ON for Modric, while Reus and Mor stroll ON for Pulisic and Schurrle
62' Cristiano Ronaldo is seriously showing us all how much he has slowed down these couple of years. Benzema nearly plays him through, but the Portuguese simply doesn't have the dynamism anymore to get away from Schmelzer.
What a pass from Weigl. The young German picks out a marauding Schmelzer who cushions it to Auba who for once has lost Varane. The striker calmly finishes under Navas from five yards out.
61' GOAAAAAAL!!! AUBAMEYAAAAAANG!!!!
60' Schurrle tries to inject urgency to the men in Yellow but his pass to Dembele, after a powerful run, is easily cut out
59' Casemiro has had enough of Dembele running circles around his teammates and dumps him to the ground - Claudio Gentile style - trust me Dembele knows that Casemiro is on the pitch now, if he had ever forgotten
58' Dortmund knock the ball around, but Castros lovely little dink to Aubameyang is just too close to Weidenfeller
57' Pulisic ghosts past a static Marcelo and pulls a ball into the six yard box. Ramos is there to bail out his left back though. Zidane is FURIOUS with his team for their perceived laxity. THAT MAN DEMANDS PERFECTION DOES HE NOT!
56' Batra hammers into Casemiro - and thats a foul. Whistles fly around the Bernabeu as the crowd lets the former Barca man what they think of him
55' Dembele twists and turns and dumps Ramos on his ...erm.. knees. But Marcelo comes out to help his captain, and that's just a corner for the Germans.
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