Ronaldo doubles for Madrid
DORTMUND, Germany (AP):
A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped two-time defending champions Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League yesterday.
Ronaldo, yet to score in the Spanish league where he sat out a five-game suspension for shoving a referee, took his tally in Europe's premier competition this season to four goals in two games as he sent Dortmund to their second straight defeat in Group H.
Tottenham, who beat the German side in their game at Wembley Stadium, defeated Apoel Nicosia 3-0 away thanks to a Harry Kane hat trick in the other group game.
Gareth Bale put Madrid on course for its first win at the seventh attempt in Dortmund with a brilliant volley into the top far corner early in the first half, and then ran onto Toni Kroos' forward ball before crossing for Ronaldo to score early in the second.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back almost straight away for Dortmund, but Ronaldo sealed the win late with a thumping finish to beat Roman Buerki at his near post.
"We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.