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Madrid share spoils as Malaga and Porto progress

BORUSSIA Dortmund and Real Madrid shared the points in Group D of the Champions League at the Bernabeu last night, with the Spanish giants twice fighting back from deficits thanks to goals from Pepe in the 34th minute and German international Mesut Ozil in the 89th.

Dortmund had taken the lead through goals from Marco Reus (28) and an own goal from Alvaro Arbeloa (45).

"We made two big defensive errors, not to say three, because they could have scored another against us," Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said: "We knew it was going to be a very tough match, so a draw is a good result, although we came close to deciding the group stage. In all events, our ideas were very clear and we had good moments down the right flank, controlling Cristiano Ronaldo."

Meanwhile, Malaga, in their maiden campaign, and Porto became the first teams to progress through to the last 16 of the competition.

Both Malaga and Porto boasted 100pc records from their opening three games, and although neither side were able to win last night, respective away draws against AC Milan and Dynamo Kiev were enough to secure top-two berths.

Group C pacesetters Malaga took the lead at the San Siro through Eliseu's 40th-minute goal but were pegged back by Alexandre Pato's 73rd-minute effort -- the Brazilian's first Milan goal since last December and the first the Spanish side had conceded in the Champions League.

Also in Group C, Anderlecht moved into third place, a point behind Milan, with a 1-0 home win over Zenit St Petersburg, Dieumerci Mbokani scoring the only goal in the 17th minute.

Porto, meanwhile, moved on to 10 points in Group A following a goalless draw away to Dynamo Kiev.

The Portuguese outfit look set to be joined in the last 16 by Paris St Germain, who remained just one point behind following a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired 4-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb.

Ibrahimovic did not manage to get on the scoresheet but was involved in all four goals scored by Alex, Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez and Guillaume Hoarau as PSG moved five points clear of third-placed Kiev with two games remaining.


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