It seems we are witnessing two different players in two different leagues when we watch Cristiano Ronaldo this season. While the Portuguese has scored just two goals in la liga, the 4 times balon d’Or winner(which under all circumstances is set to become 5 in a couple of days) has scored 9 league goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Ronaldo became the first man to score in all the group stage matches of the Champions League as Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2. This was also Ronaldo’s 19th goal in the Champions League in 2017.
Ronaldo first set up Isco who assisted for Borja Mayoral’s goal in the 8th minute before curling a shot in the top right corner of the post to create history in the 12th minute. With a lead of 2-0 it looked like the holders will have an easy night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeau. However, that was not the case to be.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals in the space of 5 minutes, one in each half, to bring things level. He first scored a header from Marcel Schmelzer’s cross in the 43rd minute to take the German side in the break with a score of 2-1. Immediately after the break, he scored his second of the night and it was all squares.
The defending champions then had several opportunities to restore the lead but a mix of wayward finishing and good defending didn’t serve their cause.
It was in the 81st minute that Real finally got the lead again. Lucas Vazquez scored, what proved to be the winner, through his right foot with the assist coming from Theo Hernandez.
The win however had little effect on Real, which qualified as the runners up of the group H after Tottenham also won their match.