Champions League | Liverpool held to another draw, Ronaldo brace helps Real down Dortmund

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Champions League | Liverpool held to another draw, Ronaldo brace helps Real down Dortmund

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Liverpool secured their second successive draw in the Champions League as the Reds failed to crack the Spartak Moscow code in the second half and satisfied with a 1-1 draw. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to guide Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Spartak Moscow 1 - 1 Liverpool

Despite Philippe Coutinho's brilliance, Liverpool had to be satisfied with a frustrating draw against Spartak Moscow and their hopes of winning their first Champions League match since 2014 have been delayed. Liverpool got off to a bad start as Fernando, against the run of play, put the hosts ahead in the game with a curling free kick in the 23rd minute. However, the visitors, who drew their first game against Sevilla, showed great resolve in the match and entered the break with the scorecard reading 1-1 thanks to Coutinho's second goal in as many games. After playing a quick one two with Sadio Mane, Coutinho produced a consummate finish to silenced the partizan Russian crowd. Neither of the teams failed to crack their opposition defense in the second half and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Manchester City 2 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne scored a superb goal to help Manchester City beat the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 to keep up their splendid run going in Europe this year. De Bruyne exchanged passes with David Silva before scoring his first goal of the season from the edge of the area. Sergio Aguero, one goal short of equalling Eric Brook's all-time goal-scoring record for City, endured a frustrating evening and had a second-half penalty saved by Andriy Pyatov. However, substitute player Raheem Sterling found the net in the fag end of the game from another substitute Bernardo Silva's cutback to present City a 2-0 victory.

Borussia Dortmund 1 - 3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his amazing run of form in the Champions League as he scored a brace to help the defending champions Real Madrid secure a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund. Wales forward Gareth Bale put the Spanish side in front with a well-taken volley on the 18 minute mark and after that Ronaldo, who was making his 150th appearance in European club competitions, decided to showcase his magic and doubled the lead at the start of the second half, converting a Bale cross. The Bundesliga leaders, Dortmund reduced the deficit to one goal through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 54 minutes before Ronaldo slotted in another goal with 11 minutes left in the game.

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