Champions League Group H, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - Real Madrid 3 ( Mayoral 8', Ronaldo 12', Vasquez 81') Borussia Dortmund 2 (Aubameyang 43', 48')


Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man ever to score in every Champions League group game - he managed nine in total - as Madrid edged Dortmund, who qualified for the Europa League nonetheless thanks to Apoel's defeat against Spurs.
Madrid started really well against a Dortmund side struggling for form and configured in a now-unfamiliar 4-3-3 system. After eight minutes, Ronaldo and Isco combined, allowing Borja Mayoral to score his first Champions League goal, and shortly afterwards, Ronaldo set his new standard in suitable style, ripping home a curler into the far top corner.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 6, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 6, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.Getty Images
But bit by bit, Dortmund eased their way into the game, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's reply was not a surprise, coming, as it did, after several warnings. That was just before half-time; just after half-time, he scored again, a delicious chip punishing Keylor Navas for saving his first effort.
To their credit, Madrid did not sulk, but gradually turned up the pressure - thanks in part to some attacking substitutions - until Dortmund were pinned inside their own half, and eventually, on 80 minutes, Lucas Vasquez forced home the winner. Madrid, though, have work to do if they are to defend their title a second time, while Dortmund suggested they might just be trying to find themselves; if they play in the Europa League the way they played tonight, they have a good chance of winning it.

TALKING POINT

How does Zinedine Zidane find his best team? Marco Asensio made a huge difference when he came on; Gareth Bale is still excellent; Dani Ceballos is hugely promising; Isco is now one of the best players in Europe and yet there is only room for one of them in the team .. unless Zinedine Zidane leaves out Toni Kroos or Luka Modric.
Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 6, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 6, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.Getty Images
Champions League Group H, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - Real Madrid 3 ( Mayoral 8', Ronaldo 12', Vasquez 81') Borussia Dortmund 2 (Aubameyang 43', 48') Champions League Group H, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - Real Madrid 3 ( Mayoral 8', Ronaldo 12', Vasquez 81') Borussia Dortmund 2 (Aubameyang 43', 48') Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 23:08:00 Rating: 5