Ron­aldo helps Madrid edge Dort­mund

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

CRIS­TIANO Ron­aldo be­came the first player ever to score in all six Cham­pi­ons League group games in one sea­son as Real Madrid edged out a dispir­ited Borus­sia Dort­mund 3-2 on Wed­nes­day.

Lu­cas Vazquez grabbed the win­ner nine min­utes from time for the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons, who were al­ready guar­an­teed a place in the last 16 as run­ners-up in Group H to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

Ron­aldo took his tally to nine goals in six Euro­pean ap­pear­ances this sea­son with a spec­tac­u­lar long-range ef­fort into the top cor­ner af­ter Borja May­oral’s opener to give Real a 2-0 lead in­side 12 min­utes.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent record against Madrid with a quick­fire dou­ble ei­ther side of half time to bring Dort­mund level.

But de­spite Vazquez’s late strike, the Ger­mans drop into the Europa League with a record low two points thanks to their bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence over APOEL Ni­cosia, who were de­feated 3-0 at Spurs.

Real were, though, hit by a fresh in­jury blow as French in­ter­na­tional de­fender Raphael Varane limped off just be­fore half time hold­ing his left leg.

Zine­dine Zi­dane now faces a de­fen­sive cri­sis ahead of the visit of Sevilla to­mor­row with cap­tain Ser­gio Ramos, right-back Dani Car­va­jal and hold­ing mid­fielder Casemiro all sus­pended.

“With Rafa he has done some dam­age to him­self, but we will see to­mor­row when we do the scans,” Zi­dane said.

“He won’t be there on Satur­day that is for sure. We have to look for so­lu­tions.”

Zi­dane made six changes from the side that started Satur­day’s 0-0 draw at Ath­letic Bil­bao, but the hosts still made a fly­ing start.

Ron­aldo’s fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell per­fectly into the path of May­oral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the on­rush­ing Ro­man Burki for his first Cham­pi­ons League goal.

Ron­aldo had his 114th in the com­pe­ti­tion mo­ments later as he lined up a sump­tu­ous strike from 25 yards.

How­ever, the warn­ing signs of a Dort­mund re­cov­ery were in ev­i­dence as the first half wore on as Varane had to make last-ditch chal­lenges to deny Aubameyang and Shinji Ka­gawa.

Aubameyang has spo­ken openly of his de­sire to play for Madrid one day and did his case no harm with two classy fin­ishes ei­ther side of half time.

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