Mesut Ozil rescued a point for Real Madrid with a late free-kick in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu, which keeps both clubs in the qualifying positions in Group D.
Jose Mourinho and his Madrid men had to twice come from a goal down to draw level and earn themselves what could become a vital point, especially because the two teams below them in the group, Manchester City and Ajax, both failed to capitalise, with their game also ending in a 2-2 draw after an enthralling contest.
The German champions took the lead after possessing the edge in the early stages when Marco Reus hit a sublime volley into the back of the net after 28 minutes.
But Pepe levelled the tie for the home side just six minutes later, heading in a cross from Ozil with venom, bringing the Spanish side back into the match and giving them hope of pushing on for a winner and a revenge victory against the team they lost to in the reverse fixture two weeks ago.
Their hope was dimmed once more, though, as Dortmund fought hard and scored their second goal at a vital time of the match, just before the half time whistle was blown.
A chip from Mario Gotze found its way past the helpless Iker Casillas with a little help from an unfortunate deflection off Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa.
Madrid were much improved after half-time, and their star man Cristiano Ronaldo threatened at times, but some good defending from the away side kept the Portugal international from adding his name to the scoresheet.
The La Liga club finally found their breakthrough with a free-kick from Ozil that couldn’t have been placed any better, as it curled inside the near post and crossed the line past the ‘keeper, who seemed to forget what his job was as he admired the exquisite strike.