What’s wrong with Real Madrid?

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

AN­DRE Schuer­rle res­cued Borus­sia Dort­mund on Septem­ber 27 with an 87th-minute equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and deny the Spa­niards a rare Cham­pi­ons League win in Ger­many.

Real were min­utes from a first win in Dort­mund in six at­tempts, and the re­sult means the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons have won only four times in 30 away games against Ger­man clubs.

Madrid took the lead when Cristiano Ron­aldo net­ted his 95th Cham­pi­ons League goal early on.

Dort­mund’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang was cred­ited with the equaliser just be­fore the break af­ter a de­flec­tion off Raphael Varane.

But the French in­ter­na­tional en­joyed sec­ond-half re­demp­tion when he stabbed home on 68 min­utes be­fore Dort­mund lev­elled in the dy­ing stages.

“If you come back twice against Real Madrid, that’s a nice feel­ing. That will help the team to grow to­gether,” said Schuer­rle, who had come off the bench to equalise.

“When you con­cede three min­utes from the end it hurts, es­pe­cially given the ef­fort the play­ers put in,” said Real coach Zine­dine Zi­dane.

Ron­aldo had been left fum­ing af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted by Zi­dane for the fi­nal 20 min­utes of Septem­ber 24’s 2-2 draw at Las Pal­mas in La Liga.

And the su­per­star chose to cel­e­brate his goal at Dort­mund’s Sig­nal Iduna Park with his Por­tu­gal team­mates Fabio Coen­trao and Pepe, who were on the Real bench, with Zi­dane in the back­ground.

Dort­mund dom­i­nated the open­ing quar­ter of an hour be­fore Ron­aldo’s opener and both goal­keep­ers were tested in the first five min­utes.

Matthias Gin­ter gave away a free kick just out­side the area and Ron­aldo’s pow­er­ful shot was blocked by Dort­mund goal­keeper Ro­man Burki.

At the other end, Gon­zalo Cas­tro’s well-struck shot tested Costa Rica goal­keeper Key­lor Navas, who was mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son af­ter in­jury.

Ron­aldo was lucky that the ref­eree failed to spot his clear handball from an Aubameyang free kick shortly af­ter, and teenage French winger Ous­mane Dem­bele then fired over.

But Real took the lead when Ron­aldo fin­ished off a sweep­ing move.

Luka Mo­dric and Karim Ben­zema com­bined to get the ball out of their own half.

When the ball was played into the Dort­mund area, James Ro­driguez fed Gareth Bale who played the ball back be­tween his legs for Ron­aldo to sweep his shot home on 17 min­utes.

At the other end, Aubameyang clipped the bar and was pulled up for off­side on 29 min­utes be­fore a bul­let header from de­fender Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los was too close to Navas.

But Dort­mund kept up the pres­sure and drew level on 43 min­utes when Navas opted to punch out a Raphael Guer­reiro free kick.

The ball re­bounded into the net off the un­for­tu­nate Varane with Aubameyang in close prox­im­ity, al­though the Gabon striker was of­fi­cially given the goal.

The equaliser was lucky, but it was no more than Dort­mund de­served.

Just be­fore the half-time whis­tle, Ron­aldo’s header hit the back of the Dort­mund net, but the flag went up for off­side.

Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel in­tro­duced Schuer­rle for Ger­many’s World Cup-win­ner Mario Goetze on 58 min­utes in what proved to be an in­spired switch.

Real took the lead a sec­ond time when Varane fol­lowed in to score af­ter a Ben­zema at­tempt had struck the post and the bar.

But Dort­mund were not done, and when Aubameyang’s at­tempt at an over­head kick dis­tracted Danilo, the ball brushed off his chest and into Schuer­rle’s path as the Ger­many winger fired home the equaliser.

Photo: AFP

Real Madrid for­ward Cristiano Ron­aldo re­acts af­ter Borus­sia Dort­mund scores to tie the game in the fi­nal min­utes of a 2-2 draw in Cham­pi­ons League play on Septem­ber 27.

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