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Real Madrid had more of the ball against Borussia Dortmund, tallying 57 percent of possession during the course of the game, but failed to consistently create real quality chances.
Dortmund, by contrast, had more clear-cut openings and might have scored an additional goal or two if not for several good saves from Iker Casillas.
The rushed build-up play from both teams and end-to-end, hectic nature of the game itself made for fascinating viewing, but few good goalscoring chances for the away team.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria were both dangerous in terms of receiving the ball in good areas, but they infrequently made the most of their positions.
Di Maria in particular was wasteful when presented with a chance to shoot, only finding the target once from six efforts—and the entire team only hit the target twice from 14 shots altogether.
That pace and dynamism is often effective and deadly against other teams.
But Dortmund defended in enough numbers and were extremely quick to press in the defensive midfield zone, turning the ball over fast enough to trouble Madrid themselves on the break and making use of the spaces left when the away side tried to come forward.
In Germany, it ended up costing Madrid as Dortmund won the game—but a similar approach in the reverse fixture, with the home crowd behind them, might just as easily see Real to victory and the top of the group.
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