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Good evening and welcome to Nigerianeye's live commentary of the Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Germany.

Thomas Touchel's Dortmund opened their 2016-17 campaign with a thumping 6-0 win away to Legia Warsaw earlier this month to take an early lead in the section.

European Cup holders Real Madrid, meanwhile, also opened with a win, but they needed two late goals to beat an impressive Sporting Lisbon team 2-1 at the Bernabeu on September 14.

These two teams last met in the quarter-finals of the 2013-14 season and it was Real Madrid that advanced courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat in this stadium.


BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Burki; Piszczek, Ginter, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Castro, Weigl, Gotze; Dembele, Aubameyang, Guerreiro

REAL MADRID: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Danilo; Kroos, Modric, James; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale

So there we have it. The referee brings a brilliant game to a close with the two teams sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. Real Madrid twice led on the night, but Schurrle's brilliant finish sees the pair collect one point each. Thanks for joining Nigerianeye for another brilliant night of football!

90 min+4 FULL-TIME: Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid

90 min+3 BOOKING! Aubameyang (Dortmund) is booked following a scramble in the box.

90 min+3 Real Madrid threaten with a couple of corners in quick succession, but Dortmund survive.

90 min+2 Hearts in mouths for Dortmund as Bale somehow misses a Ronaldo cross at the far post!

90 min+1 We are into the first of three additional minutes here.

88 min Dortmund level in the 87th minute of this match as Schurrle finds the top corner with a brilliant strike! The German had too much room at the far post and converted in some style!

87 min GOAL! Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid (Schurrle)

87 min Navas comes to claim another cross as the seconds continue to tick on in this match. Dortmund will go until the final whistle, but Real Madrid are moving closer to what would be some win here.

85 min Real Madrid continue to concede free kicks here. Dortmund are putting the pressure on!

84 min CHANCE! Another chance for Dortmund as Pulisic races clear and has a strike on goal, but Navas makes the save and Carvajal fires into the stands. Another super chance there!

83 min High and wide from Ronaldo after a smart pass from Bale.

82 min You just get the feeling that there are more goals in this match as Dortmund continue to press. Mor shows super feet outside the Real Madrid box before striking towards goal, but Kovacic does enough and the youngster's effort is wide of the post. Less than 10 minutes of normal time to play!

80 min SAVE! Super stop from Burki to keep out Ronaldo's powerful drive.

78 min DORTMUND SUB! Mor replaces Guerreiro for the home side.

77 min BOOKING! Guerreiro (Dortmund) is booked for a foul on Modric.

76 min SAVE! Brilliant save from Navas to keep out Schurrle's low strike!

75 min BOOKING! Wiegl (Dortmund) is booked for a pull on Modric.

73 min DORTMUND SUB! Pulisic replaces Dembele for the home side.

72 min Little under 20 minutes of football remaining and Real Madrid are keeping the home side at bay, but you sense that there will be more chances in the final stages of this match. It has been some game!

70 min SAVE! Stunning save from Navas to keep out Guerreiro's low drive!

69 min Real Madrid regain the lead in the 68th minute as Varane taps home from close range after Benzema's effort had rattled the woodwork. It was a stunning cross from Ronaldo to find Benzema!

68 min GOAL! Dortmund 1-2 Real Madrid (Varane)

67 min CHANCE! Bale heads a Kroos header over the crossbar from close range!

66 min Ronaldo strikes one from a wide angle, but his effort is deflected wide of the post. It has been much better from Real Madrid in the last few minutes as they seek a second goal here.

64 min BOOKING! Ramos (Real Madrid) is booked for a foul on Aubameyang.

63 min CHANCE! Stunning defending from Sokratis as the Dortmund centre-back prevents Benzema from meeting a brilliant cross from Bale, who had run away from the home side's defence.

61 min CLOSE! Ramos sets up Ronaldo with a super cross, but his header is wide!

61 min Bale uses his long legs to break clear down the right before attempting to poke a low cross into the box, but Ginter is across to make the challenge. Benzema has struggled to make an impact tonight and you wonder whether Morata will be introduced in the near future. The visitors need something more.

59 min DORTMUND SUB! Schurrle replaces Gotze for the home side.

58 min Real Madrid are really struggling to make an impact in the final third at the moment, with Dortmund the team on the front foot. Schurrle is still on the sidelines waiting to enter the action here.

56 min Dortmund are preparing to make their first change of the match as Schurrle receives his final instructions. Gotze? Surely it will not be Dembele. The Frenchman has been brilliant tonight.

54 min Dortmund are the team really pressing forward at the moment and Real Madrid are starting to wobble for the first time tonight. Navas looks a bag of nerves when the ball goes into the box.

52 min SAVE! Navas in punch mode again as Navas keeps out Aubameyang's curling drive!

52 min CLOSE! Dortmund come close to scoring a second as Dembele drives into the Real Madrid box before firing towards goal, but his effort was always over the crossbar. Dangerous!

50 min BOOKING! Schmelzer (Dortmund) is booked for a late tackle on Bale.

49 min Half-chance for the away side as Danilo delivers a cross onto the head of Bale, but his effort was always wide of the post. In truth, a 1-1 draw tonight would be a pretty good result for both teams. That said, I would be surprised if we had seen the last of the goals. Very, very surprised!

47 min... no changes from either side at the break, which is not too much of a surprise. However, I suspect that both managers will already have alterations in mind for the second period here.

46 min RESTART! Dortmund resume the action on home soil...

So there we have it. The referee brings the first 45 minutes of action to an end with the two teams level at 1-1. Ronaldo sent Real Madrid ahead in the 17th minute, but Dortmund levelled two minutes before the break when Aubameyang poked home after a mistake from Navas. It has been a wonderful half of football between the two favourites for Group F. More of the same in the second please!

45 min+2 HALF-TIME: Dortmund 1-1 Real Madrid

45 min+2 GOAL DISALLOWED! Ronaldo heads home from close range, but the linesman raises his flag and it is the correct call. What a first half of action in Dortmund!

45 min+1 Just the one additional minute at the end of the first period.

44 min What a mistake! Dortmund level just before the half-time break and it is a terrible mistake from Navas, who decides to punch a free kick from Castro and it hits Varane before bouncing home! The free kick from Castro lacked power and it appeared to be a simple claim for the goalkeeper there!

43 min GOAL! Dortmund 1-1 Real Madrid (Aubameyang)

43 min In Group F's other fixture, Sporting are currently beating Legia 2-0 in Portugal. Sporting were very unlucky to lose away to Real Madrid earlier this month and that score does not surprise me.

41 min Dortmund are just struggling for that final pass at the moment as Real Madrid continue to drop deep and clear their lines. The home supporters continue to create a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium, but the visitors are doing a job at the moment. Zidane's game-plan is working here.

38 min Varane has been brilliant against Aubameyang in the opening 38 minutes of this match, while Ramos is going a pretty good job of covering his left-back Danilo, who struggled against Dembele in the early stages. Ronaldo's effort, which came in the 17th minute, still separates the two teams.

36 min Little under 10 minutes of the first period remaining and although Dortmund are dominating the ball, it is difficult to say that Real Madrid are struggling defensively. Varane and Ramos have been solid.

34 min SAVE! Navas has to punch clear after Sokratis sent a header towards the Real Madrid goal. Not sure about the technique of that save, but it did the job as Real Madrid clear their lines!

31 min Aubameyang spins outside the Real Madrid box and hits the crossbar with a stunning effort, but the striker was in an offside position. The linesman was pretty quick to make the call and it was correct. It is a full team of English officials tonight, with Mark Clattenburg the man in the middle.

30 min Pass, pass, pass from Dortmund as they look to work space in the final third, but the home side are leaving themselves very open at the back and Real Madrid have already shown their counter-attacking threat in the opening 30 minutes of this match. A clear pattern has now developed here.

27 min You just get the feeling that the next goal tonight - if there indeed is one - could be crucial. Dortmund are still full of confidence as they pass and probe in the final third, but a second for Real Madrid would change the complexion entirely. What a brilliant game of football this has been.

25 min CHANCE! Wonderful chance for Dortmund to hit back as Aubameyang slides a fine pass into Dembele, who rounds Danilo before shooting, but his effort is deflected just over!

22 min You sense that Dortmund really fancied their chances ahead of this match, and indeed will still fancy their chances, but Real Madrid have turned up in the opening 22 minutes of this clash.

20 min The opening 20 minutes of this match have just flown past. What a game of football in Dortmund. The home side have had a couple of brilliant opportunities, but Real Madrid lead courtesy of that super finish from Ronaldo. It has not harmed the atmosphere, however, which is just sensational.

18 min Real Madrid lead! This end-to-end match produces a goal as Ronaldo smashes home from close range after a brilliant back-heel from Bale. Never, ever count Ronaldo out! He scores for 1-0 here!

17 min GOAL! Dortmund 0-1 Real Madrid (Ronaldo)

15 min CHANCE! Wonderful chance for Real Madrid to take the lead as Ronaldo slides a fine pass into Benzema, but the Frenchman falls over and Dortmund survive. What happened there!

14 min CLOSE! Dembele once again comes close for Dortmund as he drives to the edge of the Real Madrid box before firing towards goal, but his effort is just too high. Dembele is in the mood!

12 min SAVE! Navas gets down to keep out a low strike from Dembele as Dortmund continue to test this Real Madrid defence. The visitors have to find a way to weather this storm.

12 min Dortmund want handball as Ronaldo lifts his arm just outside the box, but the referee is not interested. Looked a clear handball for me. Ronaldo has really escaped that one!

11 min Just a reminder that both of these teams have three points in the Group F after their opening fixtures earlier this month. Dortmund are the team pressing forward at the moment, but Real Madrid will always be dangerous with their pace on the counter-attack. Very good tempo here.

9 min Real Madrid are dropping very deep when Dortmund have the ball, which is clearly a plan to stop Aubameyang, who is absolutely rapid and would fancy his chances against Ramos, although Varane is also extremely quick across the turf. That might well be the reason Varane was picked ahead of Pepe.

7 min It has been a very bright start to this match, with both teams showing that they are more than willing to commit players forward each time they have the chance to break. Real Madrid are enjoying a decent spell of possession as we speak, but Dortmund are also seeing plenty of ball.

5 min... SAVE! Castro takes the free kick and Navas flies across to make the save!

4 min Dortmund now have a free kick in similar territory as Modric brings Gotze to the deck...

3 min... SAVE! Ronaldo's effort is on target, but Burki is on hand to make the save!

2 min Real Madrid have a free kick in a very dangerous position as Ginter handles...

2 min you just get the feeling that the first goal tonight - if there indeed is one - could be vital. The noise inside the stadium is just deafening and it has been a positive start from Dortmund, who have already looked to test the Real Madrid defence. This is a massive game in the context of Group F.

0 min KICKOFF! Real Madrid kick things off in Dortmund.

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