Real beat Dortmund

Source:AFP Published: 2017/9/27 19:23:39

Ronaldo marks milestone in Germany

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid controls the ball during their Champions League Group H match against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in Dortmund, Germany. Photo: VCG

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his 400th Real Madrid appearance as the Champions League holders defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1, while Harry Kane grabbed a hat trick in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.

Gareth Bale struck an exquisite volley as the record 12-time European champions secured an 18th-minute lead at Signal Iduna Park, with the Welshman supplying Ronaldo for Real's second just after halftime.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in Gonzalo Castro's cross to give Dortmund hope, but Ronaldo rifled past Roman Burki to cement a second straight win for Real in Group H and leave the Germans still without a point.

It was the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games, while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.

Ronaldo, without a goal in his last two outings following his return from a five-match domestic ban, took his Real haul to 411 on what was also his 150th career appearance in Europe.

England striker Kane notched his sixth hat trick of the year - and made it 11 goals for club and country in September - as Spurs backed up their opening victory over Dortmund with a comfortable win in ­Cyprus.

Spurs survived an early scare when Igor de Camargo rattled the crossbar, but Kane's clinical finish six minutes before the interval settled the ­visitors down.

Kane converted his second on 62 minutes and sealed his treble with a terrific header five minutes later to leave Spurs level on six points alongside Real ahead of their double-header with Zidane's team.

Kevin de Bruyne curled in a sublime 25-yard (22.8-meter) strike as Manchester City overcame spirited resistance from Shakhtar Donestk, with Raheem Sterling completing a 2-0 victory at Eastlands.

Pep Guardiola's men top Group F after back-to-back wins to start the campaign, and the Premier League leaders could even afford a missed penalty from Sergio ­Aguero whose effort was turned away by Andriy Pyatov.

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon hit the target as Napoli registered their first win by beating a hapless Feyenoord 3-1 in Italy. Sofyan Amrabat's stoppage-time goal was scant consolation for the Dutch champions who remain pointless.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw away to Spartak Moscow despite a sparkling strike from Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho linked up superbly with Sadio Mane to cancel out Fernando's free kick in the 31st minute, but Liverpool were unable to claim a winner as they recorded a second straight draw in Group E.

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