Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid: Schurrle Rescues Point for Home Side in Entertaining Clash

Published on: 26 September 2016

Real Madrid ended their losing streak at the home of Borussia Dortmund and extended their impressive unbeaten run on Tuesday night.

The sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with plenty of attacking football on display, Dortmund coming from behind twice to earn a point.

Los Blancos travelled to Germany unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions, but had never won at theWestfalenstadion. Both sides had won their opening group game and were looking to put themselves on the front foot to finish as group winners.

Borussia Dortmund have never lost at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League (3W, 2D), winning the last 3 meetings at Signal Iduna Park.

Marcelo and Casemiro were missing after picking up injuries for the visitors while Dortmund were still without Marco Reus and Marc Bartra.

It was the away side who made the brighter start, forcing a free-kick 20 yardsout which Ronaldo hit straight at Roman Burki. The home side responded with a free-kick of their own, Castro's effort forcing a flying save from Keylor Navas.

It was a predictably open start from two famously attack-minded sides, Aubameyang coming close only to be denied by Navas on the ten minute mark as BVB began to put pressure on the away side.

Despite the home side seeminglybeginning to dominate the game, Real created the best opening of the early exchanges; Benzema was set clean through only to slip at the crucial moment and allow Burki to collect.

It was a lively start on the pitch, typically matched by the rapturous supportin the 'yellow wall', despite the reduced capacity. Those fans were silenced after 16 minutes, however,Cristiano Ronaldo drilling the ball into the bottom corner after Gareth Bale's back-heeled pass to make it 1-0.

Thomas Tuchel's side had the majority of the possession after the goal and came close to equalising through Ousmane Dembele, but the young Frenchman hit his effort just over.

It was a struggle for Dortmund to break down a Real side happy to sit in their shape having taken the lead, though, whilethe eleven time Champions League winners still looked dangerous on the counter attack.

The game-plan was working perfectly for Zidane's sideuntil Keylor Navas inexplicably punched away a seemingly routinefree-kick, the ball hittingRaphael Varaneon the back of thehead and creeping in, making it 1-1 on the stroke of halftime. It was a comical goal to concede after animpressively disciplined first half from the visitors.

Ousmane Dembele -Dortmund's most lively player in the first half -had the first chance of the second half, blazing over once again, before Aubameyang curled an effort towards the far post forcing another flamboyant save from Navas.

At the other end, Ronaldo failed to connect with a header after Sergio Ramos had played a perfectly executed ball in his direction just after the hour mark.

KarimBenzema then had an effort from close range blocked after Bale had found himself in space to cross as the away side started to look menacing and the front three began to have more involvement in the game.

The away side did indeed re-take the lead soon after, Raphael Varane tapping in after Benzema had hit the bar from close range following Ronaldo's exquisite cross. It was reward for Real's positive approach to a second half they could easily have gone into with more caution.

Dortmund almost levelled immediately, however, Guerreiro's powerful effort waspushed away by Navas, before Ronaldo's left footed effort tested Burki at the near post at the other end.

Dortmund were not giving up easily, Pulisic running determinedly down the right before drilling a low shot, Navas once again saving low down.

Real had managed to withstand the pressure fairly wellhaving taken the lead but substitute Andre Schurrle drilled a fantastic left footed strike into the roof of the net to bring his side level for the second time with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Bale had an opportunity to win it for Real in injury time but Schmelzer denied him with an excellent challenge. It was the last chance of the game, a draw probably the fair result on the night in an entertaining encounter.

BVB: Bürki, Dembélé, Götze, Guerreiro, Aubameyang, Sokratis, Piszczek, Castro, Ginter, Schmelzer, Weigl #bvbrm

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