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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Zidane 'delighted' for Ronaldo and Bale as Real Madrid end wait for win at Borussia Dortmund

Defending Uefa Champions League winners claimed a first victory away against the German club in seven attempts. 

Zinedine Zidane praised goal-scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid finally claimed a Uefa Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.

Ronaldo, 32, marked his 150th European game with two second-half goals after Bale's stunning early volley gave Madrid the lead at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund's consolation goal with just over half an hour left, but the Germans were simply out-played by holders Madrid.

Having also netted twice against Apoel, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.

"I'm happy for Cristiano... again! I'm delighted for Ronaldo and Bale," Zidane said.

This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Madrid in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.

"It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish," said Zidane. "We had a lot of ball possession, that was the key. Dortmund played as impressively as ever, but we compensated well."

Dortmund shaded possession and matched Madrid's tally of 16 shots on goal and Zidane wanted to see more chances converted.

"We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that," the Frenchman said.

"The side worked hard - Isco, (Luka) Modric, Casemiro and (Toni) Kroos were marvellous. Everyone was brilliant. It was a tremendous game."

The result leaves Madrid top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Apoel 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.

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