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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: German Side Qualify for Europa League

Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: German Side Qualify for Europa League Despite Defeat in Spain

Ronaldo powers in his header in the 12th minute


Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with goals on the night from Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vasquez giving the home side the victory.

Two goals from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not enough to earn at least a point for the Germans, but results elsewhere meant that Dortmund advanced into the next round of the Europa League.

It was a scrappy start to the game, but despite both teams looking nervy on the ball it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken.

After good wing play from Ronaldo, the Portuguese star crossed the ball low into the box, and after a scramble the ball found its way to striker Mayoral who chipped it over the onrushing Burki to give the home side the lead with only eight minutes gone. 

The second Madrid goal woke the German side up, and they began to create some chances of their own. The dangerman for Dortmund was American Christian Pulisic. 

In the 24th minute, the USA international slalomed through four Madrid players and played in Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa who dragged his shot agonisingly wide.

The Bundesliga side grew in confidence from then on and in the 43rd minute they found a lifeline. Substitute Marco Asensio, who replaced the injured Raphael Varane, lost the ball deep in his own half. 

The ball was picked up by Dortmund left back Marcel Schmelzer, who put in a superb first time cross to pick out Aubameyang who headed the ball into the corner of the net, to make the score 2-1 to the home side going into the break.

It was a fantastic start to the second half for the Germans, and in the 48th minute they brought the game level. 

After a good pass from Nuri Sahin, Kagawa flicked the ball into the path of Aubameyang, who at his first attempt hit the ball directly at Keylor Navas, but on the rebound the Gabon striker cheekily chipped the ball over the keeper and brought the score to 2-2.

Madrid continued to probe and in the 78th minute they had the ball in the back of the net, unfortunately for the home side it was ruled out for an offside. However two minutes later Madrid had their goal. Dortmund failed to clear their lines, and from outside the box Lucas Vasquez volleyed the ball into bottom corner to give Los Blancos a 3-2 lead.

The game ended in a victory for Madrid, but despite Dortmund losing they still go through into the next round of the Europa League, after Apoel Nicosia's defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

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