Line-ups: Alonso back for Madrid

Real Madrid have re-called Xabi Alonso in place of Michael Essien for the Group D Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

The Spain international had been suspended for the game against Real Zaragoza on Saturday, but returns this evening for the test with Jurgen Klopp's men.

Elsewhere, Raphael Varane returns in place of Raul Albiol at centre-back, partnering Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa in a back four.

Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo will support Gonzalo Higuain up front. Iker Casillas captains the side.

For the Bundesliga team, Sebastian Kehl starts despite breaking his nose at the weekend, as Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Kevin Grosskreutz play behind lone front-man Robert Lewandowski.


Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Modric; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Kehl, Gundogan; Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

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