Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: Score, Highlights and Grades
Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid did well to equalize in the first half against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in Champions League play, but Die Schwarzgelben ultimately had too many chances at net and came away with a 2-1 victory at Signal Iduna Park.
The Borussia Dortmund defense, led by goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, was brilliant throughout and the club came away with a crucial win.
Here's a look at highlights and grades of the Group D clash.
Robert Lewandowski got Borussia Dortmund on the board before the half with a beautiful strike past the outstretched arms of Iker Casillas.
Not to be outdone, Cristiano Ronaldo found an opportunity on the breakaway, skillfully lofting the ball over Roman Weidenfeller before Die Schwarzgelben had time to breathe.
Marcel Schmelzer found the ball on the rebound in the 64th minute, bouncing it through net after a deflection, lifting his club past Real Madrid in the second half.
Grades for Key Borussia Dortmund Players
Robert Lewandowski: A
Robert Lewandowski was huge for Borussia Dortmund early on, calmly sweeping the ball into the right-hand corner of net in the 36th minute with Pepe closing in. It was pivotal for Die Schwarzgelben in the first half, as Cristiano Ronaldo equalized just two minutes later.
Marcel Schmelzer: B+
OK, Marcel Schmelzer did score, but his goal was deflected en route so I can't give him all the credit (even though he seemed to give himself plenty in the celebration). Nonetheless, his score in the lower-right corner of net put Borussia Dortmund up, 2-1.
Roman Weidenfeller: A
Roman Weidenfeller was fantastic throughout, only giving up one goal on a beautifully executed play via Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He had eight saves in the match, with Real Madrid getting five shots on target.
Grades for Key Real Madrid Players
Cristiano Ronaldo: A
Cristiano Ronaldo has gotten a fair amount of criticism throughout the years (some fair, some not), but you can't deny his impact in Champions League play. He lifted a beautiful lob over goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller in the 38th minute to emphatically silence the Borussia Dortmund faithful just two minutes after Lewandowski's opening goal.
Mesut Ozil: A
Mesut Ozil has continuously demonstrated his excellence for Real Madrid throughout the years and it came as no surprise when his brilliant pass over the defense found Ronaldo squarely for him to capitalize in the 38th minute.
Iker Casillas: B-
Iker Casillas made a few fine saves, but he didn't deflect a cross by Mario Götze in the 64th minute well enough, leaving it open for Schmelzer to capitalize.
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