Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League game on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 at Santiago Bernabeu. Its a massive game where first place in the group is up for grabs for both these teams. Real Madrid must win this game to secure knockout stage berth as group winners while Dortmund will top the group if they avoid defeat. The match will kickoff at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time. You can watch extended match highlights here.
Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Las Palmas over the weekend and it created alot of headlines in the morning specially regarding Ronaldo’s substitution. Zidane took off his talisman when Real Madrid were leading 2-1 with 20 odd minutes to play and Ronaldo was sulking while walking off the pitch and in the dugout afterwards. To make matter worse Real Madrid ended up conceded late to drop points in second consecutive league game. Now the focus turn to their favourite European trophy where a win against Dortmund away will put them in commanding position as far as this group is concerned.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Tuesday night, 27th September. Real Madrid are sure to start with trio of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale upfront while Casemiro’s absence means Mateo Kovacic to start alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Dortmund however are not pushovers and their 6-0 win over Legia Warszawa might be the sign of things to come. Dortmund will be hoping to take inspiration from Wolfsburg’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid last season and get a position result. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is star play in Dortmund and he has been scoring goals for fun this season. His pace and a packed midfield from Dortmund can cause all sorts of problems for Real Madrid.
Match Predictions: Hard to see Real Madrid getting anything out of this game specially after their recent draw in the hands of Las Palmas. Dortmund is a whole different level and Real Madrid has been struggling away from home for quite some time. Last season they got lucky to win the Champions League this year all other major European teams have strengthen their squads. I am going with a 2-1 win for Dortmund in this one.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ UEFA Champions League 2016-17 ]
17′ 0 – 1 Cristiano Ronaldo scored from close range after Benzema’s cut back to put Real Madrid in lead. He celebrates with Pepe and Fabio Coentrao in Real Madrid dug-out in front of Zidane.
43′ 1 – 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 1-1 on the night after a rebound fell nicely for him Keylor Navas
68′ 1 – 2 Raphael Varane scores midway through second half to put Real Madrid back in the lead.
87′ 2 – 2 Andre Schuerrle scores late in second half to make it 2-2 on the night.