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Live Commentary: Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund - kickoff at 7.45pm

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Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live commentary of the Champions League Group H clash between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund from the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid booked their spot in the knockout round courtesy of a 6-0 win at APOEL last time out, and they will finish second in the group behind Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund, meanwhile, will contest third position with APOEL. As it stands, the German outfit hold the Europa League spot, but the two teams are level on two points entering the final matchday.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage of the action.


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7.15pmReal Madrid have won three, drawn one and lost one of their five Group H fixtures to sit second, and they will stay in that position with Tottenham winning the group regardless of what happens tonight. Los Blancos actually finished second in their group last season, and still went on to lift the trophy.

7.12pm

7.08pmSo there we have it. The two teams are in, and we are now just about 40 minutes from kickoff on this mild evening in Madrid. I shall speak about the away side and their recent struggles a little bit later, but let's start with Real Madrid. As mentioned, Zinedine Zidane's side booked their spot in the knockout round of the competition with a 6-0 win at APOEL last time out.

7.05pmAs for Dortmund, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andre Schurrle both started on the bench as head coach Peter Bosz included Christian Pulisic and Shinji Kagawa in support of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Marc Bartra is also in the XI after sitting out the 1-1 draw with Leverkusen at the weekend.

7.02pmReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made five changes from the team that started against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga at the weekend. Nacho and Theo Hernandez replace Dani Carvajal and Marcelo at the back, while Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez and Borja Mayoral come in for Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco both keep their spots.

6.58pm

6.55pmTEAMS!

REAL: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Theo; Kovacic, Casemiro, Isco; Vazquez, Mayoral, Ronaldo

DORTMUND: Burki; Subotic, Bartra, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Sahin, Dahoud; Pulisic, Kawaga, Guerreiro; Aubameyang


6.52pmRight, without further ado, let me bring you up-to-speed with the all-important team news from the Bernabeu. Both teams were in league action at the weekend – Real Madrid drawing 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao, and Dortmund drawing 1-1 at Bayer Leverkusen. Any changes? Let's have a look...

6.49pmTonight will bring the 14th European meeting between Real Madrid and Dortmund. The Spanish giants have won five of the previous 13, drawing three and suffering three defeats. Earlier this season, Real Madrid won 3-1 in Germany, but the last clash between these two teams at the Bernabeu finished 2-2, with that match-up occurring during last season's group stage.

6.46pmEvening all! Sports Mole's live Champions League coverage continues from the Bernabeu as European champions Real Madrid welcome Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in Group H. Real Madrid have already qualified from this group behind Tottenham Hotspur, but Dortmund are battling to secure third position ahead of APOEL. Stay tuned for live updates from Madrid!


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