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UCL: BVB Bounce Back To Snatch Top Spot: Real Madrid 2 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07: The Borussia Dortmund team celebrate with their fans on the pitch after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu on December 7, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
UCL: BVB Bounce Back To Snatch Top Spot: Real Madrid 2 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund came from 2-0 down at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to gain a point that saw them win Champions League Group F ahead of Real Madrid.

A late Marco Reus goal completed the comeback after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang halved the deficit in the 60th minute.

The hosts started the brighter of the two and both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were freed in behind the preferred high backline of Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund.

Ousmane Dembélé retreated into deeper situations as Luka Modric began to run the show for Los Blancos. The 19-year-old played in a more defensive-minded role than he usually does and attempted to start BVB moves from areas in front of his back four.

It was Zinedine Zidane’s men that opened the scoring as Benzema finished coolly from a low Dani Carvajal cross in the 27th minute.

 

Christian Pulisic was kept out by an impressive Keylor Navas stop from close range and the Costa Rican stopper was on hand to keep out an André Schürrle free-kick moments later. Madrid went in 1-0 up and top of the group at the break.

BVB came flying out of the traps in the second half, picking up where they left off in the first and Dembele poked wide after evading tackles in the area. Pulisic had another effort saved smartly by Navas in the initial moments of the second period.

As the visitors crept forward, they were always vulnerable to counter-attacks and a delicious James Rodriguez cross caught Marc Bartra off balance and Benzema nodded home from six-yards out to double the lead.

With the scores at 2-0, the Germans were now taking the game to their Spanish counterparts and with the majority of the players camped inside the Madrid half, Marcel Schmelzer managed to slip around the back of Carvajal and latch onto a gloriously weighted Barta pass that was hit diagonally. The 28-year-old wing back played across goal to an always grateful Aubameyang who tapped in on the 60th minute.

Chances fell to both teams and the best of all landed to the competition’s top scorer in Ronaldo. With the goal at his mercy the Portuguese talisman beat the outrushing Roman Weidenfeller, but not the foot of the post as the ball bounced to safety.

Sebastian Rode was introduced alongside Emre Mor and Reus as Tuchel had nothing to lose with qualification already certain.

With the ball played into the channel in the 88th minute, Aubameyang got on the wrong side of Sergio Ramos; the Gabonese international showed the Madrid captain a clean pair of heels to slide the ball across goal to Marco Reus who steered home from close range to send the German fans perched in the corner of the ground into delirium.

The comeback showed the true spirit and resilience of Tuchel’s men as well as the tactical noose and daring heart of the 43-year-old coach that has tongues wagging worldwide due to his awe-inspiring football.

Elsewhere Sevilla earned an indispensable point at Lyon to finish second in Group H behind Juventus. the 0-0 draw in France made sure that all four Spanish teams qualified for the knockout-rounds in February.

The draw for the last-16 is on Monday.

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An Englishman that is a coach and analyst within the youth academy of a Spanish club whilst studying Sports Coaching. Obsessive over the tactical concepts of the European game, Alex regularly attends games in the La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.

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