Madrid - With one direct assist and a vital knock-on for the second goal, Robert Lewandowski played a pivotal role in helping secure Borussia Dortmund a 2-2 draw in their Champions League run-out at Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

Above and beyond that, the meeting at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will long remain etched in the memory of the Polish frontman for another reason. "I had to put in a lot of extra work for this one," he explained to us in interview afterwards: "It was a bit out-of-the-ordinary for me... but it paid off."

Analysing the match, Lewandowski also took stock of the overall situation in Group D, before casting an eye forward to Dortmund's next Bundesliga assignment against FC Augsburg. Robert Lewandowski, just as happened at Manchester City, Dortmund conceded an equaliser late on in Madrid....

Robert Lewandowski: To let in a goal in the last few minutes for the second time running is a big disappointment. All-in-all, the point we took here maybe isn't a lot, but it's not too little either. We were away to one of the favourites to win the tournament, after all. Real Madrid really turned up the heat at times. Was that what you were expecting from them?

Lewandowski: We were under no illusions that we were going to have to get stuck in from the word go. Everyone in the team had to give his absolute all. I had to put in a lot of extra work myself for this one. It was a bit out-of-the-ordinary for me. There were a lot of one-on-one tussles with Pepe and Sergio Ramos in particular. But it paid off. Were you also able to enjoy the experience of playing at the Estadio Bernabeu?

Lewandowski: The atmosphere was something special, for sure. Not least thanks to the support of our own fans, who turned out in their thousands. It was a great evening in the stadium. You also chipped in with two assists, one direct and one indirect. Had you been working especially on those headed knock-ons?

Lewandowski: No, that isn't something we'd been particularly focusing on in training. With the first goal, I saw Marco [Reus] running into the channel. I knew he'd latch onto it. I'm very happy to lay on goals, of course. But it would have been even better if I'd put one away myself. A draw in the next game away to Ajax would see Dortmund through. That would seem to be a manageable task...

Lewandowski: It's certainly a good position to be starting out from. We won't be going to Amsterdam looking for a point though, we'll be after all three. That'll be a tough task. But first off we have to turn our focus back to the Bundesliga. And next up on that front is a trip to FC Augsburg on Saturday. A victory there is almost mandatory...

Lewandowski: Yes, we simply haven't picked up enough points so far in the league. So we do need to win at Augsburg. We've got three days to prepare for the game - that will have to do us.

Interview: Michael Reis