Schuerrle strikes late as Dortmund deny Real

0
91

DORTMUND: Andre Schuerrle rescued Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday with an 87th-minute equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and deny the Spaniards a rare Champions League win in Germany.
Real were minutes from a first win in Dortmund in six attempts, and the result means the defending champions have won only four times in 30 away games against German clubs.
Madrid took the lead when Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 95th Champions League goal early on.
Dortmund s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was credited with the equaliser just before the break after a deflection off Raphael Varane.
But the French international enjoyed second-half redemption when he stabbed home on 68 minutes before Dortmund levelled in the dying stages.
“If you come back twice against Real Madrid, that s a nice feeling. That will help the team to grow together,” said Schuerrle, who had come off the bench to equaliser.
“When you concede three minutes from the end it hurts, especially given the effort the players put in,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo had been left fuming after being substituted by Zidane for the final 20 minutes of Saturday s 2-2 draw at Las Palmas in La Liga.
And the superstar chose to celebrate his goal at Dortmund s Signal Iduna Park with his Portugal team-mates Fabio Coentrao and Pepe, who were on the Real bench, with Zidane in the background.
Dortmund dominated the opening quarter of an hour before Ronaldo s opener and both goalkeepers were tested in the first five minutes.
Matthias Ginter gave away a free-kick just outside the area and Ronaldo s powerful shot was blocked by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.
At the other end, Gonzalo Castro s well-struck shot tested Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was making his first appearance of the season after injury.