Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund in crucial Uefa Champions League encounter

It could be a night of records at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

football Updated: Dec 07, 2016 18:38 IST
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Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during a training session at the Valdebebas camp ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.(AP)

It could be a night of records at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

In addition to trying to win their Champions League group, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will also be looking to make history when they meet in their final Group F match.

One draw and Madrid will equal the club’s longest unbeaten run of 34 games in all competitions. One goal and Dortmund will match the most goals ever scored in the tournament’s group stage — 20.

On a personal level, Cristiano Ronaldo can become the first player to score 100 times in European competitions if he is able to score twice.

Madrid is in position to equal the unbeaten record set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the late 1980s. It would then be five short of Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 consecutive games without a loss, set last year.

Madrid hasn’t been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.

Dortmund has a chance to become the fourth club to score 20 goals in the group stage. And if it scores two or more goals, it will surpass the mark set by Madrid in 2013-14, Barcelona in 2011-12 and Manchester United in 1998-99.

Dortmund scored at least once in every group game so far, and it has a shot at the record thanks mostly to routs against Legia Warsaw — 6-0 in Poland and 8-4 in Germany.

Ronaldo’s 100th goal has eluded him for some time — he hasn’t scored in Champions League play since a 2-2 draw at Dortmund in September. Madrid scored 10 goals in the three matches since then, but none came from Ronaldo.

The Portugal forward has averaged a goal per game in the Champions League while playing with Madrid, with 80 goals from as many matches. He has scored only two in this season’s group stage, his worst mark since joining the Spanish club.

First Published: Dec 07, 2016 17:11 IST