Ron­aldo fit and aim­ing to fire Real past Dort­mund

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will be fit to ter­rorise Borus­sia Dort­mund’s de­fence to­day de­spite a nig­gle in his knee, and build on Real ‘3-0 first leg ad­van­tage to book a spot in the Cham­pi­ons League last four.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti rested the Cham­pi­ons League top scorer for Satur­day’s 4-0 La Liga win at Real So­ciedad that helped them keep pace with lead­ers Atletico Madrid and sec­ond-placed cham­pi­ons Barcelona.

The Por­tu­gal cap­tain, who has a record-equal­ing 14 goals this sea­son in Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion, has com­plained of dis­com­fort in his left knee but Ancelotti said he should be avail­able for the sec­ond leg in Ger­many af­ter a few days’ rest and treat­ment.

Ron­aldo made his 100th Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ance in the first leg at the Bern­abeu and his goal matched Lionel Messi’s sin­gle-sea­son record set in 2011/12.

Ron­aldo’s over­all tally in the Cham­pi­ons League is 64 goals, three be­hind Barcelona’s Messi, and he has 54 in his last 44 out­ings for Real and Por­tu­gal, in­clud­ing five hat-tricks.

Real have a slight doubt over the fit­ness of record sign­ing Gareth Bale af­ter he sus­tained a small gash to his right knee in Satur­day’s win in San Se­bas­tian.

The Wales winger, who scored with a bril­liant lon­grange strike to make it 2-0, needed a cou­ple of stitches in the wound, lo­cal me­dia re­ported. Ancelotti did not sound too con­cerned at his post-match press con­fer­ence.

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