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Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record as Bundesliga side drop into Europa League

  • The Real Madrid star became first player to score in all six group games
  • Ronaldo curled a lovely right-foot shot into the far top corner after 12 minutes 
  • Dortmund finished third and qualified for the Europa League with just two points

Cristiano Ronaldo started his Ballon d’Or celebrations early with a goal in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund to become the first player in history to score in each of his team’s six Champions League group games.

The 32-year-old midfielder is tipped to collect the Golden Ball for a fifth time in Paris on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, Ronaldo made it nine goals so far in the competition. Some may want to consign him to history, but in this competition at least, he just keeps making it.

Cristiano Ronaldo became first player to score in all six group games in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo became first player to score in all six group games in Champions League

Ronaldo made the first for Real Madrid when he cut in from the left and played in Isco. The midfielder edged the ball on to Borja Mayoral and he marked his first Champions League start of the season with a goal.

Ronaldo got the second again running in from the left. For all the talk of finishing his career as a centre-forward, he still prefers to come off the left on to his right foot and he dipped a curling shot beyond a stationary Roman Burki.

Shinji Kagawa could have pulled a goal back for Dortmund but had a tame effort cut out by Raphael Varane

Christian Pulisic started to exert his influence on the game but it was still the Cristiano show at the other end and his cushion header inside the area so nearly led to Mateo Kovacic getting the third.

The Portuguese curled a lovely right-foot shot into the far top corner after 12 minutes

The Portuguese curled a lovely right-foot shot into the far top corner after 12 minutes

Real Madrid star Ronaldo took his tally to nine goals in the Champions League this season

Real Madrid star Ronaldo took his tally to nine goals in the Champions League this season

MATCH FACTS

REAL MADRID: Navas; 6 Nacho 6, Varane 6 (Asensio 38), Ramos 6, Theo 7; Kovacic 6 (Ceballos 58) 6, Casemiro 6, Isco 6 (Llorente 69) 6; Lucas Vázquez 7, Mayoral 7, Cristiano Ronaldo 8

Subs Not Used: Casilla, Benzema, Modric, Marcelo. 

Goals: Borja Mayoral 8, Ronaldo 12, Lucas 81. 

DORTMUND: Bürki; 6 Sokratis, 6 Subotic, 6 Schmelzer; 7 Bartra, 6 Sahin 6 (Weigl 65) 6, Dahoud 6, Guerreiro 6; Pulisic 7, Aubameyang 8, Kagawa 6 

Subs Not Used: Weidenfeller, Zagadou, Isak, Schurrle.

Booked: Bartra.

Goals: Aubameyang 44,49.

Ref: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic).

For all the good news the first half had brought Real Madrid there was bad news six minutes before the break when Raphael Varane went down with no one around him and immediately asked to be taken off. David Luiz’s number anyone? 

Signing Chelsea’s unsettled central defender might not be the solution – many supporters believe he would be too expensive and too similar to Sergio Ramos – but it is clear Madrid need reinforcements in the position.

They must now face Sevilla at the weekend without Ramos, who is suspended, and with Varane clearly struggling for fitness.

Another player eternally linked with Madrid is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he headed in Marcel Schmelzer’s cross after Kovacic had played a sloppy ball straight to the left back. 

Aubameyang scored again three minutes into the second half. Navas saved his first shot but the rebound came back out to the Gabon forward with the Spanish mother and he cooly dinked the ball back over the keeper. 

The holders were set on their way by Borja Mayoral's first goal in the eighth minute

The holders were set on their way by Borja Mayoral's first goal in the eighth minute

Mayoral was set up by Ronaldo and he clipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper

Mayoral was set up by Ronaldo and he clipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of half-time to unexpectedly level things up

Determined to finish what he had started Ronaldo found another gear and was involved in everything Real Madrid threw at the Germans to win the game. First he dragged a shot from an Isco assist wide. Then he turned the ball past Burki from just inside the six-yard box but was denied by an offside flag.

When Madrid’s winning goal finally came it was Lucas Vazquez who scored it. Marco Asensio and Theo Hernandez combined and Vazquez’ curling shot crept into the far corner. Madrid deserved the goal – they had taken the game to Dortmund who were content to defend and look for Aubameyang and Pulisic on the break.

Ronaldo can now jet off to Paris with a smile on his face, and Madrid go into next week’s draw the team that none of the Group winners will want to face in the last 16. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of half-time to unexpectedly level things up

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of half-time to unexpectedly level things up

Aubameyang launched himself at Marcel Schmelzer's cross to pull a goal back in 43rd minute

Aubameyang launched himself at Marcel Schmelzer's cross to pull a goal back in 43rd minute

Aubameyang deftly chipped Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas after his first effort was saved

Aubameyang deftly chipped Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas after his first effort was saved

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