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Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Der BVB downs Merengues

For the first time since 2009, Real Madrid has lost a Champions League group stage game. Borussia Dortmund defeated Los Merengues at the Westfalenstadion to go top of Group D.

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Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: post-match reaction

A bad night for Raphael Varane, Pepe, and Luka Modric, but a good night for Gonzalo Higuain, Dortmund, and Bayern Munich.

Martin Rose Continue

Dortmund get deserved win over shaky Real Madrid

Some poor goalkeeping from Iker Casillas handed a win to Borussia Dortmund, but it was a well-deserved win on the balance of play.

Lars Baron Continue

Dortmund and Gotze denied clear penalty

Real Madrid and Pepe have been very fortunate to get away with what looked like a clear penalty against Dortmund.

Mario Gotze - who has been given the freedom of the pitch all game - surged into the Real Madrid area and appeared to be shoved over by Pepe, who charged into him with an extended arm, but the Real Madrid centre-back managed to escape without a foul being given against him.

Pepe has been out of sorts all game, but the complete inability of Luka Modric or Xabi Alonso to track runners hasn't helped, and nor has some pretty awful positioning from Raphael Varane all game. The Portuguese defender has been left to do it on his own on several occasions, and he's not the best in one-on-one situations. If Dortmund can keep isolating him as they have been doing, they'll score again and win this game. At the moment, however, it's still all to play for...


Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid: Schmelzer puts BVB ahead

Iker Casillas has looked out of sorts all evening for Real Madrid, and some poor goalkeeping from the Real Madrid number 1 has gifted Dortmund the lead.

When a cross was floated into the box, Casillas needlessly met it with an awful punch, which combined with a total lack of communication between the keeper and Raphael Varane, allowed Schmelzer to collect the ball and fire home. Los Merengues' defence did not cover themselves in glory either, allowing Schmelzer the freedom of the area for the goal, a common theme throughout proceedings this evening. Last time, Dortmund's lead lasted just a few minutes, and it will be interesting to see the response from the away side.

It had otherwise been a relatively uneventful half, and Casillas had produced two other good saves, including showing some fine reflexes to deny Mario Gotze, but he has still looked uncomfortable all game. This performance will certainly do nothing to dispel the David de Gea rumours....


Dortmund vs Real Madrid: 1-1 at half-time

It's 1-1 at half-time here in Dortmund, after Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo bagged goals in Dortmund.

The game had gotten off to a scrappy start, with a wet pitch seemingly making both teams reluctant to play too quickly, but there was also sloppy play from both sides, who struggled to get a grip on the game.

After 18 minutes, Sami Khedira limped off for the visitors with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Luka Modric. Although an enforced change, it was a welcome one, as Real Madrid needed someone to take control of the game and arrest their sloppy passing in midfield. The game opened up almost immediately, although for the home side, with the unmarked Mario Gotze escaping down the left before cutting the ball back for Sebastian Kehl, whose fierce drive was tipped over by Iker Casillas.

Shortly afterwards, Dortmund showed some complacency of their own after Neven Subotic almost allowed Karim Benzema in, but after rescuing himself with a smart turn, his long pass almost put Robert Lewandowski clean through at the other end, only for him to be denied by a very unfortunate call that he had fouled Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid's makeshift backline was beginning to show it's limitations, but the mistake they made to allow Dortmund into the lead was an error that would have been naive in the lower leagues. Pepe's dreadful pass allowed Sebastian Kehl to intercept, and the Dortmund captain looked up to find Robert Lewandowski in an ocean of space in the central channel, with the Real Madrid centre-backs having drifted miles apart. A simple pass later and Lewandowski was through, smashing the ball past Iker Casillas at his near post to put BVB in the lead.

The lead was not to last long for Dortmund, however. Much like his opposite number Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil had been largely untracked whenever he could be found, and after picking the ball up in midfield, found Cristiano Ronaldo surging into the box with a wonderfully-weighted pass. The pace and power of the Portuguese forward had looked Madrid's most likely outlet for most of the half, though his finish was one of delicate beauty, producing a perfect chip to level the scores.

A dull game has suddenly exploded into life in Dortmund - there are certainly the potential of more goals in this, unless either manager succeeds in arresting his side's defending at half-time. Neither back four have covered themselves in glory, and neither double-pivot has been able to exert much influence on the game in terms of possession or tracking opposition players. If it stays as open as this, we could be in for quite a few more goals.


Ronaldo hits back to level the scores in Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's lead over Real Madrid didn't last long - Cristiano Ronaldo has struck to level the scores and hit back immediately, with a little bit of help from Mesut Ozil.

It was a beautifully-crafted goal from Los Merengues, with Mesut Ozil picking up the ball in midfield and playing a perfect pass to Ronaldo, who surged towards goal with pace and power but pulled off a sublime and delicate chip to beat Roman Wiedenfeller.

The game has suddenly exploded into life overall - what was a scrappy affair is still exactly that, but the attackers are very much on top here, with both sides enjoying a fair bit of space on the pitch. Neither defence looks confident and both teams' double pivots are completely failing to track their opponents' runners - not great news for either team's title hopes, but it's certainly making for an entertaining spectacle. Game very much on.


Robert Lewandowski puts BVB 1-0 up

It's the home side who have taken the lead in Dortmund, with Robert Lewandowski getting himself on the scoresheet to put his team into the lead.

Real Madrid had appeared to get off to a confident start, but began to defend poorly, and it was their back four that let them down for the goal. Pepe's sloppy pass was smartly intercepted by Sebastian Kehl, and with Pepe and Raphael Varane having drifted miles apart, the Dortmund captain calmly passed to Lewandowski, allowing the Polish striker to simply collect the ball in the central channel before finishing smartly inside Iker Casillas' near post.

It's been a scrappy affair, with neither side covering themselves in glory defensively - shortly before, Neven Subotic almost gifted Real Madrid an opening, before immediately playing Lewandowski through who was very unfortunate to be judged to have fouled Raphael Varane as he bore down on goal. With defending like this, there are goals in this one.


Khedira injured for Madrid, Modric to the rescue

It's been an uneventful start to the game in Dortmund with both teams preferring to probe cautiously rather than going in all guns blazing just yet.

The biggest news is that Sami Khedira has gone off injured with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Luka Modric is his replacement.

It's a different role than Modric usually plays at Real Madrid, with the Croatian playmaker usually being deployed in the hole as an alternative to Mesut Ozil, but he'll have to perform in central midfield alongside Xabi Alonso here - something he should be more than comfortable at doing from his Tottenham Hotspur days.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid's makeshift defence appears to be holding up just fine, although Dortmund have hardly been turning the screw. The first goal could go either way, but expect this game to explode into life soon. Ronaldo has exploded into the channels threateningly on several occasions, but Real Madrid's passing needs to improve to find him. And thanks to this enforced change, perhaps it will.


Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: Lineups

Karim Benzema and Mesut Özil start for Real Madrid as they take on Borussia Dortmund.

Mike Hewitt Continue

Madrid, Dortmund both injury-riddled

Can Madrid and Dortmund overcome their injury troubles to live up to the marquee billing of their match?

David Ramos Continue
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