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Dortmund fight back in Madrid to claim top spot

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 23.01CET
Marco Reus's 88th-minute equaliser denied Real Madrid a crucial victory as Borussia Dortmund came away from the Santiago Bernabéu with a 2-2 draw and first place in Group F.
by Joe Walker & Steffen Potter
Dortmund fight back in Madrid to claim top spot
Marco Reus takes the plaudits after his late equaliser in Madrid ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Real MadridDortmund

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts15
 
12
on target8
 
7
off target4
 
3
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners6
 
5
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
15
Fouls suffered14
 
9
Passes518
 
608
completed442
 
533

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:46 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 23.01CET

Dortmund fight back in Madrid to claim top spot

Marco Reus's 88th-minute equaliser denied Real Madrid a crucial victory as Borussia Dortmund came away from the Santiago Bernabéu with a 2-2 draw and first place in Group F.

Borussia Dortmund came from two down to draw 2-2 with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu and rubber-stamp top spot in Group F.

The reigning champions knew only a victory would secure their progress as pool winners, and they looked on course to achieve that target when Karim Benzema earned a two-goal cushion with a strike in each half.

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit before the game became stretched and Cristiano Ronaldo smashed the post. Crucially, Dortmund then struck with a late counter as substitute Marco Reus fired in from close range. It clinched not just a famous draw and the group honours, but also an overall UEFA Champions League group stage goals record of 21.

Key player: Karim Benzema (Madrid)
The local media had put a lot of pressure on Benzema coming into the match and the forward responded emphatically. Both efforts showed his predatory instincts as he found himself in the right position at the right time to bring up his half-century of competition goals.

Record-equalling Madrid
Given the circumstances the draw might feel like a loss; however this result enabled Zinédine Zidane's men to equal a club record of 34 games unbeaten. The run dates back to April's 2-0 reverse at Wolfsburg, since when they have gone on to claim UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup glory. This squad now sits alongside the 1988/89 side and will be confident of setting a new record outright over the coming weeks.

Reporters' views

Joe Walker, Madrid (@UEFAcomJoeW)
Once again, Madrid's Achilles heel of never being able to keep a clean sheet flared up, as they blew a two-goal advantage and now enter Monday's draw as section runners-up. For an hour it was all going swimmingly, yet they took their foot off the gas and Thomas Tuchel's team made them pay.

Steffen Potter, Dortmund (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
With Dortmund having lost three key players in the summer, this had been billed as a transitional season. Surprisingly, there had even been criticism in recent weeks, aimed at their inconsistencies. This has baffled me, as that is to be expected when you add several young players to your side, highly gifted though they may be. They have done really well in fact, beating Bayern in the Bundesliga and easily navigating their UEFA Champions League group – even pipping holders Madrid to first place. Bring on the knockouts!

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Last updated: 24/08/17 19.31CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

dortmund

Dortmund

1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
5
BartraMarc Bartra
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
5
VaraneRaphaël Varane
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal60
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
21
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution61
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal28
Goal53
Substitution85
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
Substitution61
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Yellow Card71
12
MarceloMarcelo
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
14
CasemiroCasemiro
Yellow Card69
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution80
17
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer (C)
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Yellow Card39
Substitution63
33
WeiglJulian Weigl

Substitutes

13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
39
BonmannHendrik Bonmann (GK)
3
PepePepe
9
Emre MorEmre Mor
Substitution61
8
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution63
11
ReusMarco Reus
Substitution61
Goal88
20
AsensioMarco Asensio
18
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution80
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution85
20
RamosAdrián Ramos
22
IscoIsco
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
23
DaniloDanilo
37
DurmErik Durm

Coach

Zinédine Zidane (FRA) Thomas Tuchel (GER)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution