REPORT | 26/09/2017 | Alberto Navarro (Dortmund) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba y Ángel MartínezA Ronaldo brace and a Bale volley secured the Whites' first-ever victory on Borussia Dortmund's patch.
- Champions League
- Matchday 2
The Whites came close to making the breakthrough with 10 minutes on the clock. Casemiro's raking pass in behind the hosts' backline found Dani Carvajal, who checked inside his defender, but was unable to get the better of Bürki in the one-on-one.
In the very next move, Madrid once again very nearly broke the deadlock. On this occasion it was Cristiano Ronaldo who made the most of the space he was afforded, but Piszczek was on hand to clear the cross with Bale waiting behind him to tap the ball home. Dortmund hit back and in the 14th minute, Yarmolenk's centre found Philipp at the far post, where a combination of Keylor Navas and Ramos prevented the home side from taking the lead.
It was an entertaining encounter and the European champions contributed to that thanks to a great goal from Bale just four minutes later. Carvajal's cross picked out the Welshman, who struck the ball first time, sidefooting in from the edge of the area as the ball flew past Bürki in the hosts' goal.
Ronaldo scores in his 400th appearance
The Whites were unable to add to the scoreline despite an effort from Bale after 24 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo coming close after a one-two with Carvajal on the stroke of half-time. The rhythm of the game didn’t change after the break with Varane preventing the host from equalising with 47´ on the clock, and just three minutes later the madridistas doubled their lead. Bale found space and picked out Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished first time with his left foot.
Aubameyang pulls one back
Madrid were clever, taking advantage of the spaces in the wide areas but were pegged back after 54’ with a goal from Aubameyang. Bosz looked to push on, going three at the back and adding strength to his midfield. It was an end-to-end game but the Whites went in search of more. A cross from Ramos in the 71st minute was brought down by Isco but could only send his shot over the bar. The Andalusian tried again four minutes later, but his shot from the edge of the area saw Bürki come out on top.
The Whites finally got their reward in the 79th minute. Modric threaded another ball in behind the Dortmund backline and Cristiano Ronaldo finished clinically when clean through on goal to mark his 400th Real Madrid appearance with a brace. This victory represents a real statement from the European champions, who will contest top spot with Tottenham in the next Champions League matchday.