DORTMUND, Germany, Sporting Alert – Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid in today’s Champions League Group F battle with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
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Ronaldo was substituted against Las Palmas in the 2-2 draw over the weekend and there were several reports suggesting that the Portuguese was in line to be dropped by boss Zinedine Zidane.
However, the forward keeps his place in the starting side and will join Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in leading the attack for the Spanish giants.
Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos start in the heart of the backline, with Dani Carvajal and Danilo starting as well.
The midfield trio consists of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Striker Alvaro Morata, defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao and midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Isco on the bench.
Real Madrid face a tough task in keeping Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet today.
Aubameyang has been in good goalscoring touch – netting six goals in his last six games and he will be a handful for the likes of Varane and Ramos.
Mario Gotze also starts for the home side, with Andre Schurrle on the bench.
Lukasz Piszczek, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matthias Ginter, Marcel Schmelzer, Julian Weigl, Ousmane Dembele, Gonzalo Castro and Raphael Guerreiro all start as well.
According to the stats gurus, Real Madrid head into this battle searching for their first win in five games away against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The La Liga side has dropped three and drawn the next two.
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Ginter, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dembele, Gotze, Castro, Guerreiro, Aubameyang. Subs: Weidenfeller, Mor, Rode, Ramos, Schurrle, Pulisic, Passlack
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Danilo, Modric, Kroos, Rodriguez, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Kovacic, Lucas, Morata, Isco