NEWS
Wednesday December 6 2017
Vazquez strike spares Madrid

Lucas Vazquez's late strike gave Real Madrid a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo making yet more history.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did his best to impress Madrid with a brace to wipe out Dortmund's 2-0 deficit, but Ronaldo became the first-ever player to score in all six Champions League games, before Vazquez's volleyed home the winner with 10 minutes left.

Madrid had already qualified for the Champions League last 16, albeit as Group H runners-up, making the match a dead rubber for them, although Dortmund needed to win in order to be certain of a Europa League place.

With that in mind, Zinedine Zidane named a weakened team for the visit of BVB, handing starts to Mateo Kovacic and Borja Mayoral, while giving Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos the night off.

Ronaldo’s diagonal run from the left saw him angle the ball to Mayoral via Isco, and the striker chipped over Roman Burki for his first-ever Champions League goal.

The No 7 made history just four minutes later, when he curled a delightful effort into Burki’s top right, and the goalkeeper was all that stood in the way of Casemiro netting Los Blancos’ third goal.

Dortmund could’ve come back just as quickly, but Raphael Varane was on hand to hook Christian Pulisic’s low cross off the line, before Keylor Navas denied Shinji Kagawa from point-blank range.

Aubameyang dragged a one-on-one with Keylor inches wide, but the striker quickly made amends, heading in Marcel Schmelzer’s cross from the left just before the break.

Madrid lost their shape after Varane limped off towards the end of the first half, and Aubameyang capitalised by lobbing Keylor on the rebound for the equaliser.

Ronaldo was looking to become the Champions League’s all-time top scorer in the group stage, but despite being pulled back by Neven Subotic, the No 7 didn’t get the penalty.

The Portuguese was then wrongly deprived of his 61st group goal, having appeared to be level with his marker in Dortmund’s box when he tapped in from a couple of yards.

Nonetheless, Vazquez slammed a first-time volley past Burki hard and low, coupled with Kagawa blazing over from close range, to ensure they ended their Champions League calendar for 2017 on a winning note.

Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund

Mayoral 8, Ronaldo 12, Vazquez 81 (RM) Aubameyang 43, 48 (BD)

Real Madrid: Keylor; Nacho, Varane (Asensio 38), Ramos, Theo; Kovacic (Ceballos 58), Casemiro, Isco (Llorente 69); Vazquez, Mayoral, Ronaldo

Borussia Dortmund: Burki; Sokratis, Subotic, Schmelzer; Bartra (Toprak 80), Sahin (Weigl 65), Dahoud, Guerreiro; Pulisic, Aubameyang, Kagawa (Yarmolenk 90)

Referee: Kralovec (CZE)

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