Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus struck in the second half as Borussia Dortmund roared back from a Karim Benzema brace to snatch a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Goals: 1-0 Benzema (28’), 2-0 Benzema (53’), 2-1 Aubameyang (60’), 2-2 Reus (88’)
Dortmund started brightly in Madrid, with Andre Schürrle flashing an early shot over the bar when an extra touch on the edge of the box might have afforded him a gilt-edged opportunity. It was the hosts who broke the deadlock, though, when Benzema turned home former Bayer 04 Leverkusen right-back Dani Carvajal’s low cross from close range. Schürrle saw a fine free-kick tipped around the post by Keylor Navas with half-time approaching before a defence-splitting pass from Christian Pulisic flew past Aubameyang, and the sides went into the half-time break with the scores at 1-0.
Real increased their tempo after the restart, and Benzema headed them into a 2-0 lead after another cross, this time from James Rodriguez. The hosts’ lead lasted less than 10 minutes, though, with Marcel Schmelzer touching a floated ball beautifully down into the path of Aubameyang, who made no mistake from close range. Real ended with a flurry, with Ronaldo seeing one shot clawed away by Roman Weidenfeller before another hit the post. Dortmund would have the last laugh though, with Aubameyang racing clear and squaring for substitute Reus who snatched a 2-2 draw in the dying minutes.
Man of the Match
Aubameyang was a constant threat to the Real defence, stretching them out of position with his blistering pace. Is he the deadliest striker in Europe? With 15 goals in the Bundesliga and now four on the continent, the stats suggest he just might be.
Dortmund showed true grit and determination to hold the record European champions. Finishing top of their section with 16 points, Die Schwarzgelben have no reason to fear any team on the continent this term.
- Aubameyang’s goal was his fourth in this season’s Champions League, and 19th in all competitions.
- Dortmund conclude the group stages with 21 goals scored - surpassing the record previously held jointly by Manchester United FC (1998/99), FC Barcelona (2011/12) and Real (2013/14).
- Since the start of last season, Dortmund have won seven of their 11 European away games.
Real: Navas - Carvajal, Varane, Ramos (c), Marcelo - Casemiro - Modric (Kroos 63’), James - Vazquez, Benzema (Morata 85’), Ronaldo
Coach: Zinedine Zidane
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) – Castro (Rode 80’), Weigl - Dembelé, Pulisic (Mor 61’), Schürrle (Reus 61’) - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel