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Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks CL Record In Dortmund Win

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who is tipped to collect the Golden Ball for a fifth time in Paris on today, started his Ballon d’Or celebrations early with a goal in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund to become the first player in history to score in each of his team’s six Champions League group games.

Ronaldo, 32, made it nine goals so far in the competition. He scored the first for Real Madrid when he cut in from the left and played in Isco. The midfielder edged the ball on to Borja Mayoral and he marked his first Champions League start of the season with a goal.

Ronaldo got the second again running in from the left. For all the talk of finishing his career as a centre-forward, he still prefers to come off the left on to his right foot and he dipped a curling shot beyond a stationary Roman Burki.

Shinji Kagawa could have pulled a goal back for Dortmund but had a tame effort cut out by Raphael Varane.

Christian Pulisic started to exert his influence on the game but it was still the Cristiano show at the other end and his cushion header inside the area so nearly led to Mateo Kovacic getting the third.

For all the good news the first half had brought Real Madrid there was bad news six minutes before the break when Raphael Varane went down with no one around him and immediately asked to be taken off.

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Another player eternally linked with Madrid is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he headed in Marcel Schmelzer’s cross after Kovacic had played a sloppy ball straight to the left back.

Aubameyang scored again three minutes into the second half. Navas saved his first shot but the rebound came back out to the Gabon forward with the Spanish mother and he cooly dinked the ball back over the keeper.

Determined to finish what he had started Ronaldo found another gear and was involved in everything Real Madrid threw at the Germans to win the game. First he dragged a shot from an Isco assist wide. Then he turned the ball past Burki from just inside the six-yard box but was denied by an offside flag.

When Madrid’s winning goal finally came it was Lucas Vazquez who scored it. Marco Asensio and Theo Hernandez combined and Vazquez’ curling shot crept into the far corner. Madrid deserved the goal – they had taken the game to Dortmund who were content to defend and look for Aubameyang and Pulisic on the break.

Ronaldo can now jet off to Paris with a smile on his face, and Madrid go into next week’s draw the team that none of the Group winners will want to face in the last 16.

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