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Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone



Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo ’ s 150th European appearance, AFP reports .

Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running.
The teams drew both games 2 -2 last season as the Germans topped the section before bowing out in the last eight while Real went on to win a record 12 th title .

Dortmund have won three and drawn three of their meetings at Signal Iduna Park, including their dazzling 4 -1 first-leg win in the 2013 Champions League semi -final when Robert Lewandowski scored all four goals .

“ There were always great games against Real Madrid, ” said Dortmund’ s Germany midfielder Mario Goetze on Monday .

“ With Madrid having won the last two Champions League seasons, we of course have a lot of respect , but we are also in very good shape and full of confidence . ”

Defending champions Real opened their group campaign with a 3-0 win at home to APOEL while Dortmund suffered a 3 -1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago .

The Germans’ main task may be containing four-time Ballon d’ Or winner Ronaldo , who has scored 110 goals in European competition but failed to find the net in his last two league outings .

The Portuguese superstar is among the final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men ’ s Player 2017 award and the winner will be announced on October 23 .

“ Ronaldo hasn ’ t played much of late, but I expect him to be in top form against us, ” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz.

“ I don ’ t believe that Real will be any worse off just because they have a few injured players . ”
Real boss Zinedine Zidane is without a left -back as Marcelo ( hamstring) and Theo Hernandez ( shoulder) are both out , so Nacho is set to fill in .

Karim Benzema is missing with a hamstring injury , but Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were both rested at the weekend and Toni Kroos is expected to return after injury .

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