Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: German Side Qualify for Europa League Despite Defeat in Spain

Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with goals on the night from Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vasquez giving the home side the victory.

Two goals from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not enough to earn at least a point for the Germans, but results elsewhere meant that Dortmund advanced into the next round of the Europa League.

It was a scrappy start to the game, but despite both teams looking nervy on the ball it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken.

After good wing play from Ronaldo, the Portuguese star crossed the ball low into the box, and after a scramble the ball found its way to striker Mayoral who chipped it over the onrushing Burki to give the home side the lead with only eight minutes gone. 

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Soon after it got worse for the away side. In the 11th minute, again coming down Real’s left side, Ronaldo cut inside and curled the ball beautifully into the right corner of the net, leaving Burki with no chance. 

The goal meant that Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six games of a Champions League group stage.

The second Madrid goal woke the German side up, and they began to create some chances of their own. The dangerman for Dortmund was American Christian Pulisic. 

In the 24th minute, the USA international slalomed through four Madrid players and played in Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa who dragged his shot agonisingly wide.

The Bundesliga side grew in confidence from then on and in the 43rd minute they found a lifeline. Substitute Marco Asensio, who replaced the injured Raphael Varane, lost the ball deep in his own half. 

The ball was picked up by Dortmund left back Marcel Schmelzer, who put in a superb first time cross to pick out Aubameyang who headed the ball into the corner of the net, to make the score 2-1 to the home side going into the break.

It was a fantastic start to the second half for the Germans, and in the 48th minute they brought the game level. 

After a good pass from Nuri Sahin, Kagawa flicked the ball into the path of Aubameyang, who at his first attempt hit the ball directly at Keylor Navas, but on the rebound the Gabon striker cheekily chipped the ball over the keeper and brought the score to 2-2.

Real brought on Spaniard Dani Ceballos shortly after the leveler and began to take control of the game. Ronaldo had the majority of the chances, most notably a great cross from left back Theo Hernandez which found Ronaldo six yards out, but the ex-Manchester United star smashed the ball over the bar.

Madrid continued to probe and in the 78th minute they had the ball in the back of the net, unfortunately for the home side it was ruled out for an offside. However two minutes later Madrid had their goal. Dortmund failed to clear their lines, and from outside the box Lucas Vasquez volleyed the ball into bottom corner to give Los Blancos a 3-2 lead.

Again Dortmund seemed to be revitalised after a Real goal, and with only a few minutes remaining had a brilliant chance to bring the game level. Fantastic interplay from Dortmund saw Kagawa find himself free in the box, but in his attempt to find the net put to much power in his shot and the ball sailed over the bar.

The game ended in a victory for Madrid, but despite Dortmund losing they still go through into the next round of the Europa League, after Apoel Nicosia’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.



Real Madrid Star Admits Icardi ‘Could Help’ Los Blancos Form But Insists Benzema Is World’s Best

Mateo Kovačić has admitted that he would like to see former Internazionale teammate Mauro Icardi join him in Madrid. However, the Croatian insisted that the Argentine international would have to fight for his place alongside Karim Benzema in the Los Blancos starting lineup.

The Austrian-born Croatia internaional moved to Real Madrid in 2015, completing a €31m transfer after impressing as a teenager at Inter and Dinamo Zagreb. 

Kovačić has largely been on the fringes of the first-team at the Santiago Bernabéu, making just 80 appearances for the reigning European champions.

I have played with [Icardi], he’s a very good player who scores a lot of goals,” Kovačić told Marca“But we have the best forward in the world, which is Karim. Icardi is good and could help us for sure, but I don’t talk about signings.”

Icardi – who was actually a youth team star at Real Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona – has been vital for the Nerazzurri this season, helping Inter to the top of the Serie A table ahead of Napoli and Juventus. 

With 16 league goals this season – just nine less than the entire Real Madrid squad have managed in La Liga – the former Barcelona academy player won’t come cheap for any potential suitors.

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“There is no need to convince him to commit further to Inter,” There is no need to convince him to commit further to Inter,” Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said, as reported by Goal.

“His contract is long and his commitment is clear, he is our captain and wants to win with this shirt. All this goes beyond the contracts and the clauses.

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“Real Madrid haven’t contacted us, but it would be their job to convince Mauro to leave a project like ours in which he is the protagonist. Also, a release clause is not a problem.”


Dortmund Striker Keeping Quiet on Dream Real Madrid Move Despite Peter Bosz Admission

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keeping his lips sealed about his “dream” move to Real Madrid, after seeing a move away from Germany fail to come to fruition over the summer, despite comments from his current manager insisting he has the quality to excel for Los Blancos.

The Gabonese striker will be part of the Borussia Dortmund side who face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday, with the club desperately looking for a result to re-energise their ailing season.

“I have no more dreams. I shall no longer speak of Madrid, I have made it. I am very good at Dortmund. I feel that the clubs do not dare to come too close to take me. Maybe they do not want me anymore,” Aubameyang told RMC Sport.

“People who underestimate me, I will continue to prove to them what I can do, where I am. I am inevitably frustrated, we had agreed with Dortmund. I had to leave this season, it did not happen.

“There is disappointment, but whatever happens, I’m happy to stay because I feel good here. It’s not a problem, we’re going to work hard here.”


Dortmund’s under fire manager Peter Bosz also spoke about Aubameyang’s ability. 

Despite recently suspending the striker for breaking the club’s policy about onsite filming, something which cause the 28-year-old to miss Dortmund’s trip to Stuttgart, Bosz insisted that Aubameyang would have the quality to play for Real Madrid – not that he wants him to.

“He is a terrible player, very bad, not worth it for Real Madrid,” Bosz said in jest, as reported by Goal.

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“It’s a joke. I’m telling you that so he stays with us. He is excellent and has the quality to play for Real Madrid but I hope he stays here.”


Real Madrid Eye Up January Move for In-Form Russian Attacker in Order to Solve Goalscoring Crisis

​Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing up a move for FC Krasnodar attacker Fyodor Smolov following impressive displays from the Russian. Los Blancos are said to believe that the 27-year-old could be the key to solving their goalscoring woes.

Madrid have found it hard to hit the back of the net this season. Currently stuck in fourth in La Liga, Zinedine Zidane’s men have only scored 25 goals in 14 games – which, by their standards, is somewhat underwhelming.


And now, according to Spanish outlet Marca, the Bernabeu outfit have outlined Smolov as a potential target to bring in during the January period and help the team to score. Though he isn’t their number one choice, the higher powers in the Spanish capital believe he is more than adequate enough to come in and make an instant impact.

So far this season, Smolov has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for Krasnodar, and is expected to be the man leading the line for Russia when they host the 2018 World Cup in the summer.


Alongside Smolov, Madrid have outlined Inter’s Mauro Icardi and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner as other targets – both strikers enjoying strong seasons with their respective clubs.

In the case of Icardi, the 24-year-old has continued his destructive form of last season – scoring 16 goals in 15 appearances in Serie A this term.

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​​On the other hand, Werner has managed to hit the net seven times in 12 matches for Leipzig this term – highly impressive for someone only 21 years old.


Barcelona Striker Luis Suarez Insists Former Teammate Neymar Will Not Join Real Madrid

​Barcelona star Luis Suarez has dismissed the rumours linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid, claiming he knows the player well enough to know he wouldn’t disrespect the Blaugrana.

Neymar’s time in Paris Saint-Germain has been fruitful so far in terms of scoring goals and registering assists, but it has also been dogged by reports that he is rubbing people up the wrong way with his ego and diva demands.

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It has supposedly led to a dressing room lacking harmony, and reports have tried to link the Brazilian with a move away from the Parc des Princes despite only joining in the summer for a world record £198m fee, but his ex-teammate and close friend Suarez doesn’t see it happening.

He said, as quoted by ​Marca: “Honestly, I don’t see it. I know what Neymar is like and the admiration he had for Barcelona and his teammates. I don’t see him now going to play for Real Madrid.”

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Over at the Bernabeu, los Blancos have been struggling this season, and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been way off the pace in La Liga, and Gareth Bale’s injury problems continue, which is why some publications have tried to push the Neymar to Madrid speculation.

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Things have died down at PSG of late after stories of unrest between Neymar and Edinson Cavani and manager Unai Emery, and the French side are sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 despite losing to Strasbourg on Saturday.


Real Madrid ‘Delighted’ Eden Hazard Is Yet to Commit Long-Term Future to Chelsea

Real Madrid are reportedly ‘delighted’ that Eden Hazard is yet to commit his future to Chelsea with a bumper new contract, as the Belgian is said to remain a priority target for head coach Zinedine Zidane in the transfer market.

Hazard currently remains contracted to Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 season, but talk of a new contract over recent months is still yet to yield a new deal.

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According to the Daily Mail, the Belgian is ‘delaying’ extending his contract, despite the firm offer from Chelsea of fresh terms worth £300,000-per-week.

Zidane is said to have wanted Hazard, who is known to have idolised the Frenchman growing up, in the summer just gone. But the primary focus for the Real hierarchy was teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, a player who ultimately joined Paris Saint-Germain instead.

This time, if Zidane gets his way, Real could end up going all out for Hazard in summer 2018.


The fact that he hasn’t renewed his Chelsea contract only makes Real’s hand stronger as the negotiating power at Stamford Bridge will diminish the longer the contract saga continues.

Hazard has endured a mixed start to the 2017/18 with Chelsea after missing pre-season as a result of fractured ankle suffered while on international duty with Belgium in June. He is slowly returning to full match sharpness and has given plenty of flashes of his very best form already.


The player is set to be Belgium’s leading light at the World Cup in Russia. Belgian’s Golden Generation have so far flattered to deceive on the international after a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and a similarly underwhelming Euro 2016 just over a year ago.


Cristiano Ronaldo Blasts Real Madrid Chiefs Over Sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea

​Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly slammed Real Madrid for sanctioning the transfer of Alvaro Morata in the summer following yet another disappointing result this weekend. 

Lost Blancos had the chance to close the gap to league leaders Barcelona on Saturday evening following the Catalonian’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo earlier in the day. 

However, the La Liga giants were unable to break down Athletic Bilbao inside the San Mames Stadium resulting in a goalless stalemate, the third time they have been unable to find the back of the net this season. 

This campaign is a far-flung reality of that from last year for Real, where they netted at least once in every single game across all competitions. 

The problem lies with the simply uninspiring form of both Ronaldo and fellow attacker Karim Benzema, who have just four goals between them in Spain’s top flight this term. 

These frustrations seemingly finally got the better of the Euro 2016-winner, who, according to Spanish news outlet ​Don Balon, blasted boss Zinedine Zidane and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium chiefs for the sale of Morata over the summer following Saturday’s draw. 

The 25-year-old put his name on the scoresheet on 20 separate occasions across all competitions in his 12-month long return last term, after departing his youth club for Serie A club Juventus back in 2014. 

Since his switch to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea in July of this year for around £55.8m, the Madrid-born talisman has continued his impressive form – bagging 10 goals in 20 games.

But the report suggests that this is not the first time Ronaldo has vented his frustration over the sale of Morata to the club, with the 32-year-old blaming boss Zidane for the ousting of the frontman.

Real currently find themselves in fourth-place and six points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title chase, having scored 11 less goals than their Clasico rivals. 

The two sides meet before the turn of the year, and if Los Blancos’ recent form in attack continues when they collide with Barca later this month, it could well spell the end of their charge towards their 34th league trophy. 


Newcastle United Reportedly Interested in January Move for Former Real Madrid Star Iker Casillas

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, with a move in the upcoming January transfer window a possibility.

According to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias, the Magpies are keen on signing the goalkeeper as they look to strengthen their side in January. 

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has struggled to find a proper number one this season, with the Spaniard shifting between Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.

It was said that Benitez wanted an experienced goalkeeper in the summer, with former Liverpool man Pepe Reina at the top of his wish list. Along with Reina, ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was talked about, but the Argentine moved to Chelsea, as reported by ​HITC. 

With the sale of Tim Krul to Brighton and rumours of third choice keeper Freddie Woodman being loaned out to the Championship in January, a move for a new goalkeeper would be a good choice for the Magpies.

However, if they were to pursue Casillas, the ex-Real Madrid stars wages would be very high. As well, at 36-years of age now it seems that the World Cup winner is close to ending what has been a fantastic career.

With this being said, the move could well happen, due to the Spanish goalkeeper being dropped in recent weeks. Due to the reputation of Benitez, the Magpies have been linked with Spaniards like Casillas in recent weeks, with ex-Liverpool man ​Fernando Torres’ name being mentioned.

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Regardless if this transfer happens or not, one thing is for sure; Newcastle need to buy in January, with the club currently occupying 15th in the league with 15 points. 


Real Madrid President Reveals His Ballon d’Or Pick as Alleged Leak of Winner Surfaces Online

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has revealed who he believes will win this year’s Ballon d’Or and surprise, surprise, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. 

After the Portugal and Madrid forward picked up his second Best FIFA Men’s Player award last month, Perez believes that Ronaldo will now go on to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or later this December. 


“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols,” said Perez (via the Sun). “He is the leading goalscorer in our history. A few days ago, he won his second ‘The Best’ and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or.”

However, Perez’s prediction for Ronaldo to equal Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or tally of five may already be thwarted after rumours that the winner of the award has been leaked online. 

                      This alleged cover of France Football unveils Lionel Messi as the winner

Images have emerged online of a leaked front cover of France Football magazine, which appears to show that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will be this year’s Ballon d’Or recipient. 

This alleged leak contradicts reports in Spain that Ronaldo has already been informed that he will be this year’s winner. Other rumours also suggest that Ronaldo has already been congratulated by Messi himself.

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Last season, Ronaldo helped his Madrid side to the double as Los Blancos picked up both the La Liga and Champions League titles. His achievements this term are sure to make him a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year. The winner will be revealed on the 7th of December.


Manchester United Ready to Withdraw Gareth Bale Interest if Real Madrid Don’t Halve Asking Price

Manchester United are preparing to pull the plug on their interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale unless the Spanish side’s transfer valuation of the Welshman halves, according to The Mirror. 

The Red Devils have shown continued interest in the 28-year-old over the past two years, and have made several attempts to coax the former world’s most expensive player back to the Premier League. 

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It is thought that the North West giants had tabled a sum of over £100m in order to secure the dangerous attacker, however as his time in Spain continues the Old Trafford hierarchy’s figure is dropping rapidly. 

The reason behind the sharp decrease in transfer fee is due to a number of factors, with Bale now 28-year-old and currently enduring this 20th injury since leaving Tottenham Hotspur four years ago. 

The Wales international is also believed to be taking home around £350k a week, and the big transfer fee numbers no longer add up for the United chiefs. 

Los Blancos are said to be keen to sell the player over this season, however, will only do so for an estimated £100m in order to help raise the £220m needed to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. 

But with the former Spurs man making just seven appearances across all competitions this season, with a minor calf strain just days after returning from another lay-off forcing him to miss Real’s goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, the Red Devils are no longer keen to splash the serious cash they once were. 

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The Old Trafford chiefs now see Bale in a similar price bracket to star goalkeeper David de Gea, who they value at between £50m-£60m