January 22, 2018

Champions League: Ronaldo Lifts Real Madrid Past Dortmund

Champions League: Ronaldo Lifts Real Madrid Past Dortmund


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Cristiano Ronaldo scoring Real Madrid’s third goal in its 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

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DORTMUND, Germany — A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid, the two-time defending champion, to a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has yet to score in the Spanish league, where he sat out for five games because of suspension for shoving a referee, but he increased his tally in Europe’s top club competition to four goals in two games as he helped send Dortmund to its second straight defeat in Group H.

Gareth Bale put the visitors ahead with a brilliant volley to the top far corner early in the first half, then ran onto Toni Kroos’s pass and crossed for Ronaldo, who put it away for a goal early in the second.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back almost immediately for Dortmund, but Ronaldo sealed the win late with a thumping finish to beat goalkeeper Roman Buerki at his near post.



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