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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ronaldo saves Real, Dortmund battle back

ESPN staff

Manchester United will feel like they are in control of their last-16 tie against Real Madrid as it ended 1-1 at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

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Danny Welbeck opened the scoring after David de Gea had pushed Fabio Coentrao's shot onto the post, as he escaped the attentions of Sergio Ramos to head home the first goal.

On Cristiano Ronaldo's first game against his old side, though, there was only ever going to be one Real Madrid player to score the equaliser. And indeed Ronaldo leaped highest to glance the ball into the net before half-time.

After the break, United were in uproar as Patrice Evra was felled by Rafael Varane when through on goal, but no free-kick was given, and Robin van Persie went close twice in quick succession as his shot hammered off the bar, before Xabi Alonso was able clear off the line from the Dutch striker's follow-up.

In the night's other game, Shakhtar Donetsk were held by German champions Borussia Dortmund 2-2 in Ukraine.

Darijo Srna curled home a wonderful free-kick just after the half hour mark to put the home side ahead, but Robert Lewandowski found room after a mis-kick to slot the equaliser.

A long ball up the field found substitute Douglas Costa in the 68th minute and the Brazilian drilled the ball into the corner of the net to put the Ukrainians back in charge, but Mats Hummels popped up with three minutes left to head home a late equaliser.




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