Clasico hangover? Madrid make it club record 34 unbeaten but are only second best
There were no last-minute heroics this time. After their Clasico comeback on Saturday when Sergio Ramos headed home to seal a precious point away to Barcelona, it was Real Madrid who allowed their rivals a late leveller on Wednesday - and it cost them top spot in Group F.
Karim Benzema scored in the 28th minute to give Madrid the lead, before adding another shortly into the second half. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back and Borussia Dortmund equalised through Marco Reus in the 89th minute to dampen the spirits of the home crowd and seal first place for the German side.
Before the match, there had been talk as to whether it would have been better to finish first or second in the group, with dangerous teams like Manchester City and Bayern Munich potentially in wait for the side that topped the sector.
Nevertheless, Zidane said he wanted to win the game and a strong selection showed that to be the case. And, after Benzema had scored twice to take his tally in the Champions League to 50 in just 88 games, the champions appeared home and dry.