Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Lucas Vazquez celebrates a goal.

Isco consolidated his position as an undisputed starter for Madrid at the tail end of the 2016-17 season.

Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burk 5, Sokratis Papastathopoulos 5, Neven Subotic 5, Marcel Schmelzer 6, Raphael Guerreiro 5, Marc Bartra 5, Nuri Sahin 6, Mahmoud Dahoud 6, Christian Pulisic 5, Shinji Kagawa 6, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6. These two European giants will clash this Wednesday at 19:45 BST on Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain.

"First he has to train with the group, but he'll certainly be coming to Abu Dabi [for the FIFA Club World Cup]", the Real boss said in the press conference ahead of the visit of Dortmund.

Dortmund's trajectory under Peter Bosz - who arrived as coach in the summer after guiding Ajax to the final of the Europa League - has been different.

The Portugal international is also the leading scorer in the competition with nine goals.

The Los Blancos' defender Dani Carvajal will miss out for Real Madrid with a suspension. Zinedine Zidane's team harried a Dortmund side woefully low on confidence after a run of seven Bundesliga matches without a win. However, Perez has now moved to openly back his manager and declared that Zidane is the best manager for his team. Considering the fact that Real won both, the Champions League and the La Liga last year, their performance has not been to their usual standards and the Los Blancos have not showed their actual colours yet.

Making things more difficult is that Borussia Dortmund are badly shorthanded thanks to injuries - Maximilian Philipp, Gonzalo Castro, Mario Götze, Łukasz Piszczek, Erik Durm, and Sebastian Rode are all out, while Jeremy Toljan is suspended.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has rubbished claims he has fallen out with Cristiano Ronaldo over the club's woeful form this season.

Since 1998, the two sides have played each other 14 times.

Vazquez saw a powerful drive held by Burki as Madrid stepped up a their attempts for a winner, which Ronaldo thought he had when he swept home Casemiro's knockdown only to see the flag up for offside.

TFW you realize the Europa League isn't going to be a breeze.

By contrast, Ronaldo had his 114th in the competition moments later as he lined up a sumptuous strike from 25 yards.

Zidane made six changes from the side that started Saturday's 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao, but the hosts still made a flying start. But the Bernabeu saw more of the former this evening.

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