Schürrle rescues point for Dortmund after fine encounter with Real Madrid

Higuain and Pjanic on scoresheet as Juve thrash Dinamo Zagreb

Andre Schürrle rescued a late point for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid. Photograph: Epa

Andre Schürrle rescued a late point for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid. Photograph: Epa

 

Borussia Dortmund 2 Real Madrid 2

Andre Schürrle’s late equaliser ensured Borussia Dortmund claim a 2-2 draw against Group F rivals Real Madrid at the Westfalenstadion.

Ronaldo grabbed his 95th Champions League goal when his first-time effort beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to give the visitors a 1-0 lead but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised just before half-time.

Raphael Varane restored Real’s advantage in the second half but substitute Schurrle’s late strike three minutes from time saw both sides share the spoils in an evenly-contested encounter.

Madrid were looking for their first win in three games while Dortmund were riding on a four-game winning streak.

Ronaldo had the game’s first effort on goal after three minutes as his free-kick was saved by Burki before Gonzalo Castro stung the palms of Keylor Navas with a free-kick of his own.

Madrid looked dangerous on the break and got their reward when the Portuguese forward put Zinedine Zidane’s side in front after 17 minutes against the run of play. James Rodriguez played the ball forward to Gareth Bale on the right byline before the Welshman’s back-heel across goal set up Ronaldo to fire home first-time.

Thomas Tuchel’s side pushed forward in numbers as Madrid looked happy to sit back and defend their lead as Ousmane Dembele’s effort looked goalbound but Sergio Ramos’ block saw the shot sky over the crossbar.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos almost levelled for the hosts as the Dortmund defender climbed above Ramos to meet Dembele’s corner but Navas was able to punch clear.

Dortmund’s pressure paid off minutes from the break as they scored a deserved equaliser. Raphael Guerrero’s free-kick was saved into the head of Aubameyang as the ball deflected off Varane towards goal before the Gabonese striker stabbed home from close range.

Navas was on hand to deny Aubameyang his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign as his curling strike was superbly saved by the Costa Rican goalkeeper shortly after half-time.

The visitors looked content with hitting Dortmund on the counter as Ronaldo’s shot from distance deflected high and wide of Burki’s goal. But Ronaldo would turn provider to restore Madrid’s lead just after the hour mark.

The 31-year-old’s corner found Karim Benzema, whose effort struck the woodwork before falling to his countryman Varane to score into an empty net.

Burki denied Ronaldo his 96th goal in the Champions League as his thumping effort from the edge of the box was tipped wide at the goalkeeper’s near post.

Teenage duo Christian Pullisic and Emre Mor had chances to equalise in the last 10 minutes but Schürrle, who came on after 58 minutes, levelled late on.

The former Chelsea winger collected the ball from Aubameyang’s deflected overhead kick before his effort beat Navas at his near post to earn Dortmund a well-deserved point at home.

Sporting 2 Legia Warsaw 0

Dinamo Zagreb 0 Juventus 4

Striker Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Champions League goal for Juventus as the Italian title holders made light work of their visit to Dinamo Zagreb with a 4-0 drubbing of the Croatian champions in their Group H match on Tuesday.

Miralem Pjanic fired Juventus ahead with an opportunist finish before he turned provider for Higuain, who chested down the Bosnian playmaker‘s superb pass and side-footed it past Dinamo‘s 18-year old keeper Adrian Semper.

Higuain‘s Argentine compatriot Paulo Dybala made it 3-0 with a rasping shot from 30 metres shortly after the break as Juventus, who were held by Seville to a goalless home draw in their opening match, kept up the pressure.

Brazilian Dani Alves completed the rout with a heavily deflected free kick in the 85th minute as Dinamo‘s bold 4-3-3 formation gave the visitors too much room to operate.

Sevilla 1 Lyon 0

AS Monaco 1 Bayer Leverkusen 1

Kamil Glik scored a fine goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Monaco salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Bayer Leverkusen to stay top of their Champions League Group E on Tuesday.

Poland international Glik netted with a half volley from just outside the box to cancel out Javier Hernandez‘s second-half opener.

Monaco have four points from two games and lead Tottenham Hotspur, who prevailed 1-0 at CSKA Moscow, by one point.

Leverkusen have two points and CSKA one.

FC Copenhagen 4 Club Brugge 0

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