Real Madrid visited Germany as they played against Borussia Dortmund in their second match of the UEFA Champions League as both teams couldn’t be separated after a 2-2 draw.

Starting Lineup:

There was some good news for Zinedine Zidane as he was able to play Keylor Navas for the first time this season. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Danilo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema


Borussia Dortmund –
Pierrre-Emerick Aubameyang (43′)
Andre Schurrle (87′)

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (17′)
Raphael Varane (68′)

Yellow/Red Cards:

Borussia Dortmund –
Marcel Schmelzer (Yellow)
Julian Weigl (Yellow)
Raphael Guerreiro (Yellow)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Yellow)

Real Madrid –
Sergio Ramos (63′)


When I first saw the lineup, it was confusing to me that Zinedine Zidane has chosen to play Danilo at left-back ahead of Nacho, who did quite well in the previous game. With Fabio Coentrao being called up for the first time, I didn’t see a chance of him starting though. Danilo played brilliantly in what is definitely one of his best games since joining Real Madrid! The Brazilian took care of his duties incredibly well and was a force to be reckoned with on the night.

Cristiano Ronaldo/Zinedine Zidane:

After being substituted for tactical reasons against Las Palmas in the weekend, many reports emerged that suggested there was bad blood between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. For anyone that was idiotic enough to believe it, those rumors were quickly proven false after the Portuguese was caught hugging the manager before the match and then celebrating with him after scoring the opening goal of the game. Looks like the media have to find some new things to talk about now…


Keylor Navas:

Keylor Navas has been out of practice since the summer began after performing surgery on his ankle. He was called up during the match against Las Palmas as he spent the full 90 minutes on the bench but was given a chance to start against Borussia Dortmund and it was clear to see that he needed some time to regain match fitness. The Costa Rican was not himself on the night after some decisions that we don’t usually see from him. Even though he was able to come out with a few brilliant stops, he also made a few mistakes that could have cost us the match, such as the decision to punch the ball straight to Aubameyang for his goal.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 7/10
Daniel Carvajal – 8/10
Raphael Varane – 7/10
Sergio Ramos – 7/10
Danilo – 8.5/10
Toni Kroos – 8/10
Luka Modric – 8/10
James Rodriguez – 7/10
Gareth Bale – 7/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7.5/10
Karim Benzema – 6.5/10