Dortmund - Cristiano
Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with two goals as Real Madrid
sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to top their
Champions League group.
Ronaldo claimed two second-half goals
after Gareth Bale's stunning early volley gave Real the lead at
Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park
The Germans fought back when
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally netted with just over half an hour
left, but there was to be no repeat of last year's 2-2 draw in Dortmund
between the teams.
"Real were simply ruthless and used their chances," said Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro.
"We had the chance to make it 1-1, but instead we went 2-0 down and then it is always hard against Real."
result leaves Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who
beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of
Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.
Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.
He marked his 400th appearance for Madrid in total with another pair to leave him with 411 goals in the famous white shirt.
is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European
games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion
Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13
minutes gone when Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp's shot off the
line and the ball deflected off his hand.
Andrey Yarmolenko's initial cross sailed tantalisingly over the head of Borussia's top-scorer Aubameyang in the build up.
took the lead three minutes later when right-back Daniel Carvajal
whipped in a cross and Bale's nonchalant volley sailed over Dortmund
goalkeeper Roman Burki for a stunning goal.
With half an hour
gone, Dortmund turned the screw with Carvajal having to rescue Real by
whipping the ball off Aubameyang's toes with the Gabon striker bearing
down on goal.
Aubameyang had the ball in the net on 38 minutes,
when he spun and fired home Lukasz Piszczek's pass, but the goal was
ruled offside as it stayed 1-0 to Real at the break.
dangerously after the break when Mario Goetze tried to find Aubameyang,
but centre-back Raphael Varane cleared the danger.
The Spanish giants doubled their lead on 49 minutes when Ronaldo met Bale's inch-perfect cross.
pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when Aubameyang slipped his marker to
convert Gonzalo Castro's cross, then hit the side netting as Borussia
pushed for the equaliser.
With 15 minutes left, Burki had to push Isco's shot around the post as Real kept the pressure.
who was left in acres of space, settled the tie by blasting home Luka
Modric's cross on 79 minutes with Madrid's third goal on the break to
take the game out of Dortmund's grasp.