Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund: Final score 2-2, Mesut Ozil stars for Merengues

Jasper Juinen

Mesut Ozil was Real Madrid's hero, setting up one goal and scoring the equalizer in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund still lead Group D in the UEFA Champions League after they pulled off a draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, though they'll be disappointed about how they gave away all three points. BVB struck first and led at the end of the first half, but couldn't hold onto the win in a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

A brilliant goal by Marco Reus, assisted by Robert Lewandowski, kicked off the scoring. Dortmund's center forward won a header in the middle of the pitch and nodded to Reus, who smoked a fantastic shot past Iker Casillas from the edge of the penalty area.

Madrid started with Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso in midfield due to an injury to Sami Khedira, and their lack of defensive ability showed. They struggled defensively through the middle throughout the first half, and Reus' 28th minute strike was hardly a surprise.

The hosts managed to strike back in the 34th minute through Pepe, who nodded in a cross by Mesut Ozil following a corner kick. Madrid would not stay level long, however, and Jose Mourinho was surely frustrated that his team couldn't avoid conceding before he could make adjustments in the locker room. Lewandowski had a massive part in the goal again, winning a header to release Kevin Grosskreutz down the wing. He picked out Mario Gotze with a low cross into the center of the box, and the Dortmund playmaker appeared to score, but the ball was actually touched in by Alvaro Arbeloa's desperation challenge.

At halftime, Mourinho made two substitutions. Jose Callejon entered for Gonzalo Higuain to make Madrid's front line more tricky and fluid, while Michael Essien replaced Luka Modric to solidify them defensively in the center. Both subs worked well, and Madrid controlled the second half, but it took them a long time to find an equalizer.

Sensing that his team was better off trying to sit on their lead than play with Madrid, Jurgen Klopp brought on Sven Bender for Marco Reus after 75 minutes in an attempt to pack the midfield. It made finding space very hard for Madrid, but they eventually figured out how to break down Dortmund. They came close to scoring in the 86th minute, when Dortmund cleared a shot by Callejon off the line, and it didn't take them much longer to find their goal.

However, Dortmund did not find that goal from open play. It came on a free kick, brilliantly executed by Ozil. From 20 yards out, on the right side of the penalty area, he dipped a perfect shot over the wall and to the near post in the bottom corner, beating Roman Weidenfeller to salvage a point for his side.

Both teams will be disappointed that they didn't win the match, but they're both in excellent position to potentially win the group. Each just has to outperform the other against Ajax and Manchester City.

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