Ronaldo close to big milestone
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo's anger could work in Real Madrid's favour.
The Portugal winger was visibly upset when he came off in the 72nd minute of the 2-2 league draw at Las Palmas. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he pulled Ronaldo to rest him for today's match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Ronaldo did not play well but he did set up one goal and he is likely to be eager to dispel any doubts about his and the team's form in the match against Dortmund. Two consecutive draws in the Spanish league and Ronaldo's little rant have put Real Madrid on the verge of an early crisis.
With 97 goals in the Champions League, Ronaldo is close to becoming the first player to score a century in the elite club competition.
Borussia Dortmund opened their campaign with a 6-0 win over Legia Warsaw and followed with 14 goals in their next three Bundesliga matches.
New signings Raphael Guerreiro, Ousmane Dembele, and Emre Mor are getting plenty of playing time and are living up to expectations, while striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already has five goals in five matches in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund have won their last three home matches against Real Madrid, and have never lost at their stadium against the 11-time Champions League winners in five matches.
Zidane will not be able to count on left back Marcelo and defensive midfielder Casemiro because of injuries, but central defender Pepe is set to return to the line-up.