Real Madrid salvage late draw with Dortmund

Reuters, Wednesday 7 Nov 2012

Real Madrid strike late to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League group-stage clash

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil from Germany, second right, celebrates his goal with teammates during a Group D Champions League soccer match against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid (Photo: AP)

Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil netted an 89th-minute freekick to rescue a 2-2 home draw with Borussia Dortmund and boost his side's chances of reaching the Champions League knockout round as Group D winners on Tuesday.

Midfielder Ozil curled a left-foot effort into the net off a post to put Real level for the second time and deny Dortmund the win that would have put them in pole position to top the group.

Marco Reus had volleyed Dortmund in front in the 28th minute at the Bernabeu before Pepe equalised with a header six minutes later and Real's Alvaro Arbeloa poked the ball into his own net on the stroke of halftime.

Real enjoyed lots of possession but created few genuine chances and Dortmund's tactic of playing on the break almost earned them another victory after they beat Jose Mourinho's expensively assembled side 2-1 in Germany last month.

The draw leaves Dortmund top on eight points after four of their six group matches, with Real second on seven ahead of Ajax Amsterdam (four) and Manchester City (two) following their 2-2 draw in the other match in the section.

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