Saturday 20 December 2014

Ozil to Real rescue

Published 07/11/2012 | 05:00

Mesut Ozil netted an 89th-minute free kick as Real Madrid salvaged a 2-2 draw against an attack-minded Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League's toughest group.

Ozil seemed to surprise goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller by taking the free kick instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, and his left-footed shot snuck in off the near post.

That settled a game in which the visitors attacked continuously in the first half to go into the break with a 2-1 lead, while Madrid then pressed for most of the second half before finally getting the equalizer.

Marco Reus gave Dortmund the lead in the 28th minute with a fierce swerving shot that keeper Iker Casillas barely touched.

Defender Pepe headed in an equalizer in the 34th before Mario Goetze hit Reus' assist past Casillas to restore Dortmund's lead, although it counted as an own-goal after Alvaro Arbeloa got the final contact with the ball.

Elsewhere injury-plagued striker Alexandre Pato headed a second-half equaliser during another shoddy performance by AC Milan to rescue a point in a 1-1 Champions League draw at home to Malaga.

Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up all four goals as Paris St Germain thrashed Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 to knock the Croatians out of the Champions League.

Irish Independent

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