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