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Season 2012/13

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  • 10 October 2012 14:57
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal that prevented the Blues from recording an historic result at the Berbabeu and he’s been at it again in the first El Classico of the season.

The Portuguese captain twice found the back of the net for Real Madrid in a match where he and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shone, as the Spanish giants drew 2-2 in the Catalonian capital.

After squeezing a shot in at the near post to give Los Blancos the lead, the hosts soon levelled the score before Lionel Messi put them 2-1 up with a free-kick that rivals Aleksandar Kolarov's as set piece of the week.

But, as we witnessed at the Bernabeu, Madrid never give up and almost shift into a newfound gear when under threat.

It was no surprise that is was Real’s star striker to the rescue once again, as Ronaldo tucked away Mesut Ozil's pass and earned his side a point in the process.

The result means Real move up a position to 5th in the table but still lie eight points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.

Next up for the Blues in Europe is a trip to Amsterdam to face Dutch champions Ajax who squandered a chance to close the gap on league leaders FC Twente, after being held to a 1-1 draw by FC Utrecht on Sunday.

All seemed to be going to plan when Ryan Babel got the scoring underway for the home side after just six minutes, but Frank de Boer's side failed to hang on as Twente’s Anouar Kali’s speculative pass made it 1-1.

Last year’s champions now sit 4th in the Eredivisie and will no doubt be out to improve their Champions League form - where they have yet to record a point - when the Blues travel to Holland in a fortnight.

City’s last Champions League encounter ended in a 1-1 draw against a very strong Borussia Dortmund side and the defending German champions have recorded the same score in their latest Bundesliga fixture.

Lewandowski

Die Borussen were the visitors in Hannover where star striker Robert Lewandowski put his side ahead, but they were unable to hold on to their lead and left AWD Arena with a single point.

All of this means Dortmund find themselves 4th in the league - a hefty nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

 

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