Bundesliga Bundesliga 2
Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid: Sven Bender (r.) is one of the home players tasked with keeping tabs on Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo... ...and right back Lukasz Piszczek is another. Despite a few flashes of inspiration from the visitors however... ...it's the Yellow-Blacks who go in front on 36 minutes, Robert Lewandowski finishing off a through-ball from Sebastian Kehl But less than two minutes later, the men from Madrid are level - Ronaldo seemingly able to tuck them away with his eyes shut Into the second half and Neven Subotic (l.) and Co. start to up the pressure on their distinguished visitors, Germany playmaker Mesut Oezil (r.) et al... With just over 25 minutes remaining, a punched clearance from Real keeper Iker Casillas lands just right for Marcel Schmelzer... ...and the let-back rifles it into the back of the net, with Kevin Grosskreutz (.) swiftly on hand to offer his congratulations 2-1 it finishes, and now the celebrations can really begin in Dortmund Lewis Holtby (r.) and Co. at Schalke 04 are meanwhile out to try and improve on a miserable record in England, but they have a tough assignment at Arsenal The Royal Blues make a promising start, although Ibrahim Afellay picks up a booking here for diving rather than being awarded a penalty Germany star Lukas Podolski (l.) and his Arsenal teammates rarely threaten the visitors' goal before the interval... ...and Schalke continue to enjoy parity, if not the upper hand, after the restart, eventually reaping the dividends when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.)... ...fires them in front with just under quarter of an hour to go. With the clock fast ticking down, his compatriot... ...Afellay (r.) finds the net as well, to round out a highly rewarding trip from Gelsenkirchen to London After losing at BATE Borisov last time out, Philipp Lahm (r.) and Co. are determined to get back to winning ways against Lille Bayern start well, and the hosts soon find themselves on the back foot Lille, usually in the form of Djibril Sidibe (r.) keep a particularly close eye on their former youth teamer Franck Ribery (l.) With 20 minutes on the clock, Thomas Mueller (2.l.) breaks the deadlock in the German record champions' favour from the penalty spot... ...after Lahm (r.) was sent tumbling in the Lille box Ribery - who was born and grew up not too far away from here, in Boulogne, congratulates the scorer 1-0 it remains through to half time The battle recommences after the interval, with Lille seeing more of the ball but able to make few inroads into the Bayern defence... ...and the men from Munich close out the game with another three points towards qualification for the first knockout round
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