We traveled to Dortmund for our second Champions League match. I was actually really nervous going in, as Dortmund have been playing EXTREMELY well.
Let’s jump into some social media, both from training prior to the match and the lead up on day of the match.
Pre-Match Social Media:
I can’t stop giggling at this photo. I don’t know why
Toni’s woobinses were very ready for the match tonight. This is just too cute.
Casemiro was watching from home while getting some ice on that fibula fracture
Okay, can we talk about the fact that Casemiro is wearing his match shorts?!
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burki; Lukasz Piszczek, Matthias Ginter, Sokratis Popastathopoulos, Marcel Schmelzer; Gonzalo Castro, Julian Weigl, Mario Gotze; Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raphael Guerreiro
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Danilo; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale
Early on, I thought our passing was pretty good. By no means perfect, but we were working with the short, quick passes very well.
In the 2nd minute, Toni helped earn a free kick in a dangerous position. He tried to take on Ginter, and Ginter got a hand on the ball as he slid in to challenge.
Cris took the free kick but Burki saved. Benzema got a shot but he was offside.
In the 4th minute, Modric brought Gotze down in a similar area and Dortmund were given the free kick. Keylor made a fabulous save on Castro’s free kick, which looked like it was moving all over the place.
In the 11th minute, Dortmund earned another free kick. Aubemeyang struck it and we got REALLY lucky that no handball was called on Cristiano.
In the 15th minute, with Schmelzer down away from the play (and Madrid under no obligation to kick the ball out because even Dortmund kept playing), Crispy slid a really nice pass into Benzema who was then 1v1 with the keeper. But Benz tripped over his feet and fell, quite literally, flat on his face.
In the 17th minute, we put it in on a great counter attack. It was a really good team goal that made it way from Benzema on the left to Bale on the right who backheeled it to Sir Tans-A-Lot.
Benzema, Kroos, James, Bale and Ronaldo all involved in the goal!
In the 34th minute, Navas had to punch clear a header from Sokratis. I would have preferred he hold it, but I can’t complain too much about a man that is playing his first match of the season.
In the 43rd minute, Keylor tried to punch the ball out from a free kick when he should have caught it. Unfortunately he punched it right into Varane’s face and it bounced off into the net. In the end, the goal was credited to Aubameyang but it was a very bad mistake by Navas.
In the 2nd minute, Crispy headed it in off a cross by Benzema but he was offside.
The half ended Dortmund 1-1 Madrid
In the 50th minute, Schmelzer picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Bale. It was the first yellow of the match. Yeah! First one!
In the 52nd minute, Keylor had to make a couple of good saves to keep Dortmund from scoring. They were pressing and giving our defense a lot to do.
In the 59th minute, Schurrle replaced Gotze for Dortmund.
Both teams had chances in the next few minutes.
In the 64th minute, The Pony picked up a yellow card for a foul on Aubameyang.
In the 67th minute, Bale headed the ball over from a Kroos corner.
In the 68th minute, Benzema tried to tap in a brilliant ball from Crispy but instead just ran into Sergio off the pitch. Luckily, Varane was there to put it into the net!
In the 70th minute, Keylor made a very nice save against a low shot from Guerreiro.
In the 70th minute, we also got Kovacic in for James.
In the 73rd minute, US wonder kid Pulisic came in for Dembele. I remember thinking “Just don’t score, kid.” Although possibly my favorite tweet about him was this:
In the 75th minute, Weigl was booked for a challenge on Modric.
As Dortmund kept pressing, looking really dangerous now, Guerreiro was given a yellow card in the 77th minute for a challenge on Modric.
In the 78th minute, Mor replaced Guerreiro for Dortmund.
In the 80th minute, Cristiano forced Burki into an excellent save.
In the 84th minute, Pulisic had a shot on goal but was saved by Navas. I still audibly gasped.
In the 87th minute, Schurrle found the top corner with a really REALLY good strike after Pulisic played the ball across.
In the 88th minute, Morata (who I thought should have started) replaced Benzema.
The ref indicated 4 minutes of added time. In the 3rd minute of added time, Aubameyang picked up a yellow after a clash with Castro, Navas, and Ramos.
At the end of 4 minutes, it was another draw.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – 2 Real Madrid
I’m starting with this photo alone because it is stunning. It’s from the training session prior to the match but I love everything about this photo, to include the subject.
Zidane: “We played a good match and it was a great effort from everyone”
by Javier Garcia (Dortmund)“We did all we needed to from the first until the 90th minute”, said the Whites’ coach.
Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, discussed the draw at Signal Iduna Park: “We are, and I am frustrated. We played a good game in attack and defence and it was a great effort from everyone. We played the game we wanted. At the end, the same again, it’s the third match. I’m frustrated for the players because it’s undeserved. It’s not a bad result, but playing like we did, with chances we had and being 1-2 up with three minutes to go…”.
“We played well from the first to the 90th minute. If they get a goal right at the end… Sometimes in football you go on a bad run but we’ll get through it.The tough thing is telling the players that they deserved better from the game. With the effort they put in on the pitch, it’s difficult to find the words for them. But they’re intelligent and we’re going to rest up, prepare the next match and turn this around”.
The best of the last three games
“Yes, definitely. In the game against Las Palmas we lacked concentration, but not today. Today we did what we needed to from minute one until minute 90. We struggled a bit in the first half with their pressure, but that’s normal at this ground. It’s not a problem, we’ll carry on and we’re going to change this”.
“James played centrally. He didn’t have many chances to score, but he did a fine job there in the middle. We were looking to put in a good performance and defend well and we did just that. We were just four minutes away from winning”.
What the team lacked
“Perhaps another goal. When you lead by just the odd goal these things can happen to you. Such is football and we’re on a bad run, but we still in there fighting. That’s now three draws, but we’ll continue to work hard and we’ll come through it”.
“He’s been out for four months and I thought he did well. He’s got the character to play at any stadium and he put in a good performance. The goal was unlucky and these things happen. I’m very pleased with his display”.
“I think he did very well. He was unfortunate on the goal, but he then got the second and I thought he showed very good concentration. He was up against a very quick striker and I thought he did well. Along with Ramos he dealt with the threat”.
“The team worked very well and we had the chance to have won the game”, commented Keylor Navas.
Raphaël Varane netted Real Madrid’s second goal in Dortmund and at the final whistle he shared his impressions of the game: “I think that the draw is the fairest result for both sides. They had more possession, but we hurt them on the counter. We lacked a bit of concentration and energy at the end, but it’s not a bad result”.
“I was in need of a game like that one. I’m in good shape, as is the team. When you end up dropping points at the end of the game you can never be happy, but we’re ok, we must keep on working hard and we’ll continue to give our all”.
Borussia’s first goal
“It was a bit of bad luck, because the ball hit me in the face. Such is football, these things happen, it wasn’t a mistake from Keylor. It’s gone and it doesn’t matter now and we have to keep on working hard”.
Navas: “The team worked really well”
“They had a move at the end of the game in which Schürrle hits the ball hard into the roof of the net, but the team worked very well and we had the chance to have won the game. We put in tremendous effort. For the first goal, it was a mistake from me because the ball caught me by surprise and that cost us a goal. But we’re able to acknowledge where we didn’t do well and work on those things to ensure that they don’t happen again”.
“We’re all here to help our teammates. I was calm during the game. I’ve been out for a long time but I’m back now and I have to keep working just like the rest of my teammates. I always take the attitude that I have to train, work hard and be ready for whatever the coaching staff ask of me. Casilla has done well whenever he’s played and we all support him. I’m happy to be back playing”.
James: “We showed positive signs”
“I think we deserved to win the game and it’s bad luck that we conceded the goal right at the end. But we showed positive signs and we enjoyed some good spells at a very difficult ground where Dortmund always play well”.
“They’re a tough opponent, there’s a long way to go and we have to carry on. Even though we’ve drawn the last two games in the league, we don’t want to keep playing badly. Now it’s back to the league on Sunday and we have to go out looking for a win”.
Danilo: “We came close to winning it”
“We’re happy with how we played. We came close to winning it, we played well and showed concentration. The draw isn’t a bad result. We feel positive, even though we’re a bit down heartened because we had chances to have won the game. Getting a draw at such a tough ground isn’t bad at all. We showed what we can do, but we have to keep going and focus on winning the game against Éibar”.
Post-Match Social Media:
And how do I know that Cristiano isn’t posting his own content? It’s 10:46pm in DC (meaning it’s 4:46am in Spain and Germany) and this just went up.
I saw a lot of positives in this match. We’re improving. Again, we drew against a hard side in a difficult atmosphere.
Our next match is Sunday against SD Eibar. It’s an early match, 16:15 in Madrid. Meaning 10:15 EST and 7:15 PST. It’s at home. Let’s go into the break with a win, boys!
¡Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!