Famous person units new CL scoring document as Madrid marches on
MADRID – Cristiano Ronaldo set one more Champions League document on Wednesday, scoring in Actual Madrid”s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund to turn out to be the primary participant to seek out the online in all six group-stage matches.
Madrid had already assured itself of second place behind Group H winner Tottenham Hotspur, which defeated APOEL 3-0 at Wembley to succeed in 16 factors.
Madrid ended with 13 factors, and Dortmund and Cypriot membership APOEL completed with two factors apiece.
The German membership completed third due to a greater purpose distinction and can now play within the Europa League.
Madrid led 2-0 after Borja Mayoral opened the scoring and Ronaldo netted his ninth group-stage purpose this season.
Dortmund equalized with two targets by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one in every half, however Lucas Vazquez netted the winner within the 81st minute at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Ronaldo, the all-time main scorer within the Champions League with 115 targets, netted with a well-placed shot from exterior the world after a go by Mateo Kovacic within the twelfth minute, curling into the highest nook by the far put up.
“We needed to complete the group stage effectively, with a win, and we did so,” Ronaldo informed UEFA.com. “I scored, I helped the facet win. It is a good purpose and the document is vital, too. I am delighted.”
Ronaldo bagged 11 groupstage targets two seasons in the past, probably the most ever within the competitors. He additionally holds the document for extra Champions League targets in a season after scoring 17 in 2013-14.
Earlier this 12 months he turned the participant with probably the most penalty-kick targets in Champions League historical past, with 12, yet another than Lionel Messi.
“Any soccer fan enjoys watching gamers like Ronaldo,” Dortmund coach Peter Bosz mentioned. “His presence and need to attain is so nice. He is aggressive. It is sensible for any soccer fan to observe.”
Ronaldo had a number of different possibilities to attain a second purpose and had a strike disallowed for offside close to the top of the sport.
The Portugal ahead has been struggling within the Spanish league, with solely two targets in 10 matches, however has scored 9 occasions in his six Champions League video games.
Madrid was in management all through the match, however Dortmund threatened in counterattacks with its speedy forwards.
Mayoral put the host forward after eight minutes with a close-range shot after a transfer that began with a go by Ronaldo to Isco inside the world.
After Ronaldo doubled Madrid’s lead, Dortmund pulled a purpose again simply earlier than halftime with a diving header by Aubameyang following a cross from the left by captain Marcel Schmelzer.
Aubameyang equalized early within the second half with a shot over Keylor Navas after his preliminary try was stopped by the Madrid goalkeeper.
Vazquez grabbed the winner with a low shot from simply exterior the world after being arrange by a Theo Hernandez header.
“We did not begin effectively sufficient,” Bosz mentioned. “We have to present that we will compete at this stage and we did that in each halves. I feel that is good for our confidence.”
With nothing to play for within the ultimate group recreation, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested numerous common starters, together with Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Marcelo. He additionally added some kids throughout the match, together with Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio.
Madrid defender Raphael Varane was compelled to withdraw at halftime due to an obvious harm.
“Varane obtained injured and issues obtained tougher,” Zidane mentioned.
“We modified the setup and system. The ultimate half-hour was nice, we modified techniques once more and issues labored out.”
Cristiano Ronaldo offers the thumbs-up after scoring Actual Madrid’s second purpose in its 3-2 Champions League Group H victory over Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday. The strike made the Portuguese the primary participant to internet in all six group-stage matches of the competitors.Paul White / AP