UEFA Champions League 2012: Madrid's Stunning Comeback Shouldn't Worry Dortmund

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 7, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Marco Reus #11 of Borussia Dortmund celebrates with teammates after scoring Borussia's opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 6, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid displayed some magic on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund when Mesut Ozil equalized late in the match, but Dortmund should be pleased with how it's done overall so far in Champions League play.

Dortmund, still with the top spot in Group D (eight points), appeared to be on its way to a 2-1 victory before Ozil's free-kick swung past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller in the 89th minute.

Still, Jose Mourinho's caution to his players before the match on Tuesday rang true, as Dortmund showed that it is in position to do some damage down the line in the tournament.

This is the same Dortmund club that stunned Madrid on Oct. 24 with a 2-1 victory. The fact that Dortmund almost beat Madrid in Spain says a lot.

The match played out in much the same way as the Oct. 24 clash. Madrid dominated time of possession (65 percent, per UEFA.com), but Dortmund got a greater percentage of its attempts on target (five-of-seven).

Dortmund also scored first in the match with Marco Reus knocking it in in the 28th minute. Madrid also equalized quickly, like on Oct. 24, off of Pepe's beautiful header.

Yes, Álvaro Arbeloa of Madrid scored an own goal in the 45th minute, but that was also due to pressure from Dortmund. 

The point is, Dortmund is not to be taken lightly. Mourinho knew this well before the match and the rest of the Champions League competition should take notice. Dortmund has the ability to challenge for the title.

Ajax has the "pleasure" of facing Dortmund next. Something tells me the Germans are going to dominate that match. Manchester City should be equally concerned.

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