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Big Match Feature: Real v BVB

With both teams already through, Real Madrid must beat Borussia Dortmund on matchday six if they are to progress to the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League as Group F winners.

Dortmund, who beat Legia Warszawa 8-4 last time out, hold a two-point advantage over Madrid going into their final fixture of the group stage and need only a draw to cement first place.

The clubs drew 2-2 in Germany on matchday two, André Schürrle hitting an 87th-minute equaliser to snatch a point for Dortmund.

Madrid are unbeaten in five previous encounters with Dortmund in Spain.

Prior to this season, the clubs last met in the 2013/14 Uefa Champions League quarterfinals, Madrid prevailing 3-2 on aggregate en route to lifting the trophy.

Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid a 3-0 first-leg lead before Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, fell just short of a fine comeback despite a 2-0 victory in Germany through two Marco Reus strikes.

Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Alonso, Modric, Isco (Illarramendi 72), Ronaldo (Casemiro 80), Bale, Benzema (Morata 75).

Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek (Schieber 67), Papastathopoulos, Hummels, Durm, Kehl (Jojic 74), Nuri Sahin, Reus, Mkhitaryan (Hofmann 64), Grosskreutz, Aubameyang.

The teams met in the group stage of the 2012/13 competition, when Dortmund finished above Madrid with the help of a 2-1 home win – Robert Lewandowski and Marcel Schmelzer scoring either side of Ronaldo – and a 2-2 draw in Madrid where Pepe and Reus featured on the scoresheet.

The clubs were reunited in the semifinals that season and Dortmund won the first leg 4-1 at home, Lewandowski getting all four goals to send his side through despite a 2-0 reverse in Madrid where Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored.

Roman Weidenfeller is the solitary survivor of the sides’ meetings in the 2002/03 second group stage, when Madrid won 2-1 at the Bernabéu and then drew 1-1 in Dortmund. Zinédine Zidane played in both matches too.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and youth-team coordinator Lars Ricken played in Dortmund’s 1997/98 Uefa Champions League semifinal loss to Madrid (0-2 a, 0-0 h).

Source: www.supersport.com

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