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Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: 5 Talking Points

Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: 5 Talking Points

Ronaldo's fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell perfectly into the path of Mayoral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the onrushing Roman Burki for his first Champions League goal.

Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who was named the Best FIFA Men's Player in October, is expected to match Lionel Messi by taking the individual award for the fifth time in his career.

But they went two goals down inside the opening half hour in Ukraine, thanks to goals from Bernard and Ismaily.

The Champions League did not go to plan for Borussia Dortmund this season, sitting a very distant third in Group H entering the final matchday and being long eliminated from contention for a knockout round spot.

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They're even on points with APOEL, and one the shocking chance that the Cypran team beats Tottenham Hotspur, they need to stay even in order to advance. Apart from the two goals - neither of which he could realistically have saved - he had one other shot-on-target to deal with.

Ricardinho is futsal's answer to Ronaldo in more ways than mere nationality.

DF Raphael Varane, 7 - A characteristically assured performance until he fell to the floor, with nobody around him, and left the pitch after 37 minutes.

The game was inconsequential from the defending champions' point of view as they would have finished second, regardless of the result.

"I am small like Messi, left-footed like Messi and sometimes I say I play more like Messi, but not that I like Messi more", adds Ricardinho, whose trials as a youngster at Porto were cut short due to his small frame.

Slotted into the centre of a back three in the closing stages, as Zidane tested out different formations with a view to the visit of Sevilla.

"He won't be there Saturday that is for sure".

The Portugal forward has been struggling in the Spanish league, with only two goals in 10 matches, but has scored nine times in his six Champions League games.

MF Dani Ceballos, 6 - Came on for the rapidly fading Kovacic and provided an injection of impetus.