Manchester City lose, Real Madrid see off Dortmund — Champions League results

Jueves, 07 Dic, 2017

Ronaldo is once again the favourite to claim the award, having notably helped lead Real Madrid to a historic Champions League title earlier this year.

Headed to the Europa League are third-place finishers Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Celtic, Sporting, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Spartak Moscow. At least one goal in each of the six group games, making nine in total.

Ironically, it is not Ronaldo's most prolific performance in the group stage, with his record still standing at 11 goals, set in the 2015/16 season. Can Die Borussen stay on course in their qualification for the Europa League?

A late goal from Lucas Vazquez secured victory for Real Madrid in a frenetic clash with Borussia Dortmund.

"He is great player and with his speed he is always a dangerous player", said Dortmund boss Peter Bosz.

Following on from the previous positive point, Madrid applied the brakes after 25 minutes and unravelled, granting the visitors the opportunity to gain a foothold in the match.

Aubameyang levelled matters soon after the break after being played in by Shinji Kagawa.

Ronaldo scored with a well-placed shot from outside the area after a pass by Mateo Kovacic in the 12th minute, curling the ball into the top corner, by the far post.

On the prospect of equalling Messi's five wins Ronaldo quipped, "I want seven".

DF Theo Hernandez, 7 - At times he had Marc Bartra cowering behind a cushion, hiding from flashbacks of his steamrolling by Gareth Bale in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.

That's a huge order, but it has to be done to make sure Dortmund advance. He also added some youngsters during the match, including Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio.

But they suffered a setback before halftime when Rafael Varene was forced out with a muscle injury which could sideline him for the World Club Championship. The Spanish giants, who already qualified for the next stage, were unable to overtake Tottenham as group winners.

"Varane got injured and things got more difficult", Zidane said.