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Preview: Real Madrid – Dortmund

Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund having already qualified for the Champions League (CL) knockout stages as runners-up in Group H.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Dortmund have failed to reach the CL last 16.They are now sitting third, level on just two points (D2, L3, GD-5) with bottom-placed APOEL (D2, L3, GD-12), who make the trip to Tottenham. A win for Tottenham in that game will almost certainly mean Dortmund qualify for the Europa League.

Dortmund are currently on a seven-game winless streak (D3, L4) in all competitions and have never won at fortress Bernabeu (D2, L4), where Madrid are still unbeaten in the CL under Zinedine Zidane (W9, D2, GF 29, GA 8).

Zidane’s side will look to get a morale-boosting win ahead of Saturday’s La Liga (LL) clash with Sevilla. The Madrid boss finds himself under increased pressure as they remain eight points adrift of league leaders Barca after 14 games.

Ahead of the game, Zidane reaffirmed his confidence and belief that there are much brighter times ahead for his team: “We definitely need to score more goals, but I’m not worried. I have no doubt things will change for the better,” he said in the pre-match press conference.

With a brace against APOEL, Cristiano Ronaldo took this goal tally for Madrid in European competitions to 100 goals (98 CL goals + two UEFA Super Cup goals). The top scorer in European Cup/CL history (113 overall) has a staggering 18 CL goals to his name in 2017 (12 games), whereas he has scored just 17 LL goals (28 games).

Madrid have failed to score more than three goals in a home game since a 4-1 win over Sevilla in May this year.

Dortmund and former Madrid player Nuri Sahin said of his team’s chances against the defending champions: “We have played at the Bernabeu quite a few times, and that may work in our favour.”

 

Missing players

Real Madrid: D. Carvajal (suspension), M. Asensio (doubtful), G. Bale (doubtful), L. Zidane (doubtful)

Dortmund: G. Castro (face injury), E. Durm (hip injury), M. Gotze (ankle injury), M. Philipp (knee injury), L. Piszczek (muscle injury), M. Reus (knee injury), S. Rode (thigh injury), J. Toljan (suspension), A. Isak (doubtful), J-B. Larsen (doubtful).