An­dre Schur­rle’s late goal for Dort­mund holds Real Madrid to draw

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

An­dre Schur­rle scored a 87thminute equaliser as Borus­sia Dort­mund twice came from be­hind to draw 2-2 with the hold­ers Real Madrid in yes­ter­day night's Cham­pi­ons League Group F clash at the West­falen­sta­dion.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang can­celled out a Cris­tiano Ron­aldo opener to leave the two teams level at the break, be­fore Raphael Varane con­verted in the 68th minute to send Real Madrid ahead once again.

There was to be late drama in Ger­many, how­ever, as Schur­rle came off the bench to find the top cor­ner with a bril­liant ef­fort as the two teams moved onto four points in the sec­tion.

Dort­mund boss Thomas Tuchel made just one change to the team that started their 3-1 win over Freiburg in the Bun­desliga at the week­end and it came in mid­field as Raphael Guer­reiro re­placed Emre Mor in a wide po­si­tion.

Mario Gotze kept his spot in an at­tack­ing mid­field role, while it was re­ported Real Madrid tar­get Aubameyang that led the line with sup­port from ex­cit­ing young­ster Ous­mane Dem­bele.

As for Real Madrid, Key­lor Navas re­placed Kiko Casilla be­tween the sticks for the Costa Ri­can's first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son. There was also an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion at left-back as Danilo started in place of the in­jured Marcelo.

Fur­ther for­ward, Casemiro's ab­sence opened up a spot in the XI for James Ro­driguez, who was cho­sen ahead of Isco and Ma­teo Ko­vacic. Mean­while, Ron­aldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Ben­zema started as the front three, mean­ing that Al­varo Mo­rata, de­spite his im­pres­sive form this sea­son, was only on the bench.

Both teams had al­most iden­ti­cal free kicks-30 yards from goal - in­side the open­ing four min­utes, but Ron­aldo's ef­fort was kept out by Ro­man Burki, be­fore Navas saved Gon­zalo Cas­tro's dip­ping strike down the other end of the field.

There was hardly time to take a breath in­side the open­ing 10 min­utes as Dort­mund put the pres­sure on and Navas had to be on his toes to keep out a low strike from Dem­bele, mo­ments af­ter Ron­aldo es­caped a clear hand­ball just out­side his own box, which led to Tuchel hav­ing an an­i­mated dis­cus­sion with the fourth of­fi­cial.

Down the other end, Real Madrid had a su­per chance to reg­is­ter af­ter Ron­aldo slid a pass into Ben­zema, but the French­man lost his foot­ing at the vi­tal mo­ment. The vis­i­tors did make the break­through in the 17th minute, how­ever, when Ron­aldo smashed the ball home from close range af­ter a su­per back­heel from Bale had fallen for the Por­tuguese.

Dort­mund were still full of con­fi­dence though and al­most equalised in the 25th minute when Dem­bele cut in­side Danilo be­fore fir­ing one to­wards the top cor­ner, but Ser­gio Ramos was on hand to make a bril­liant last-ditch block.

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