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Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund

2-2: A stalemate and through to the last 16 as group runners-up

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REPORT | 07/12/2016 | Alberto Navarro

Benzema netted both of Real Madrid's goals as the Whites made it 34 games unbeaten to equal the club's best-ever undefeated run and they now wait to discover their opponents in Monday's draw.
  • Champions League
  • Matchday 6 (Group stage)
  • 07/12/2016
Santiago Bernabéu
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Real Madrid drew against Borussia Dortmund in an entertaining game to qualify for the round of 16 as group runners-up. The Whites will now await to discover their fate in the draw for the next stage, which takes place on Monday 12 December. The hosts totally dominated the opening half hour and enjoyed all of the chances, with the exception of the game's first opening, which came on four minutes when Schürrle fired in an effort from the edge of the area. The host's first opportunity came on 10' when Casemiro regained possession and found Cristiano Ronaldo, who carried the ball up to the opposition's box and played a back-heel to Benzema, who took a touch to control and fired in an effort, only to be denied by Weidenfeller.

The Whites continued to pour forward, much to the delight of the locals. With eight minutes on the clock, Ronaldo produced a superb piece of control inside the box and found James with an exquisite pass, but the latter was unable to get the better of the visitors' goalkeeper. Two minutes later, the Colombian was once again in the thick of the action, as his effort from the edge of the area was gathered in by Weidenfeller. With the impressive Casemiro pulling the strings in the middle of the park, the madridistas were playing with incisive triangles, as the forays into the opposition's box became frequent.

The breakthrough
It appeared just a question of time before the hosts would make the breakthrough and it duly materialised just before the half-hour mark. With 28 minutes played, Casemiro sprayed the ball out to Carvajal and he shaped a cross into the area, where Benzema lost his marker to slot the ball home. It was a just reward for Madrid who were producing a fine performance. However, Borussia looked to claw themselves back into the game on set pieces. Schürrle struck a free-kick on 39' which bounced up just in front of Keylor Navas, who produced a fine reflex save to parry the ball behind for a corner. 

BENZEMA HAS NOW HIT 50 GOALS IN THE EUROPEAN CUP. 

The second half began with a few let-offs. Dembelé's great individual effort in the 48th minute saw his shot go just inches wide of the home goal. A minute later, Gonzalo Castro had a chance from inside the area but his shot missed the target. It was Real Madrid’s turn to go on the offensive as they looked to extend their lead. Dani Carvajal won the ball back on the wing and played in Cristiano Ronaldo in the 52nd minute, his cross was met by the head of Benzema, but Weidenfeller reacted brilliantly to keep it out. That wasn’t the end of it as James picked up the ball and delivered for the French forward, who finished well with his head.

Aubameyang pulls one back
The home side looked to have the game under control, but that didn’t last long as Weigl's long pass in behind the defence saw Schmelzer bring it down and play the killer pass for Aubameyang who made it 2-1 in the 60th minute. Real Madrid looked to finish the game and a spectacular effort from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 68th minute was kept out by the visiting goalkeeper who turned the ball away for a corner. James took it and picked out the head of Benzema, the Bernabéu thought it was in and began to celebrated but Reus cleared it off the line.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits the post
The Whites were still creating danger. Lucas Vázquez's pass in the 79th minute saw a great piece of control by Cristiano Ronaldo, who found himself one-on-one with Weidenfeller, but this time his shot came back off of the post. A minute later it was James whose cross found the head of Ramos, but the visitors' goalkeeper was equal to it. The German side hit back on the counter-attack as Aubameyang played in Reus, who levelled things up in the 88th minute. Real Madrid, who have now gone 34 games unbeaten, ended the group undefeated and in second place. The Whites will wait to see who they will play in the draw to be held on Monday 12 December. Arsenal, Naples, Monaco, Leicester and Juventus are the potential opponents.

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