It is not any other game. Tonight´s game is a final, not only for Madrid but for Borussia Monchegladbach. All four teams have a chance to advance to the next round therefore the importance of winning today.
In order for Real Madrid to pass, they need a win or a draw and wait for Inter Milan to win their game. Zidane´s team doesn´t want to even think about playing the Europa League and has prepared this game as if it were a final.
In the other side, Borussia just like Madrid, they need to win to certify their pass to the next round. But unlike Madrid, they can draw and even lose as long as Shakhtar don´t win their game.
Surely it´s going to be a great battle between both teams.
Carlos Acosta will join you during the broadcast of the match.
Borussia Monchengladbach has the first play of the game. The German club need at least a draw.
Real Madrid looked fired up.
First chance for Real Madrid after a sequence of plays where Madrid played the ball around looking for spaces ending up on Luka Modric crossing the ball. Yan Sommer blocks the cross.
Vincius gets a warning after taking down Lainer in the middle of a counter attack.
Karim Benzema makes the first goal of the game.
Lucas Vazquez delivers a milimetrical cross to Benzema´s head who finishes to the top right corner of the goal.
A dream start for Real Madrid.Embed from Getty Images
Quick response from Borussia.
Thuram smacks the ball from the left hand side of the box but not enought to threaten Courtois who achieves to block it.
Real Madrid take the lead and need a second goal as quick as possible. As it stands, los blancos lead their Group and Borussia drop down to the second position of the game.
Inter and Shakthar are drawing at the moment therefore Shakhtar would be the team who goes to the Europa League.
Not many chances in the last minutes of the game as Real Madrid try to monopolize possession.
Alassane Plea has wasted the chance to equalise the game.
Lars Stindl drives forward the ball and then delivers a through ball to Plea who tries chipping it but doesn´t even go on target.
Real Madrid sighs after watching Plea miss a very clear opportunity.Embed from Getty Images
Benzema makes it two. Another header, another goal for the French.
Once again from the right wing but this time it´s Rodrygo. The Brazilian dribbles past Nico Elvedi and crosses another ball to Benzema who heads it again into the net.
Unstoppable for Sommer who has nothing to do against such a good header.
Borussia desesperately trying to pull one back with a couple of crosses but today Madrid´s defence are very solid.
Stindl takes the longshot. However, the German´s shot is not anywhere close from going on target.
Luka Modric hits the post.
Madrid run through the right wing however they like. This time Modric recieves a low cross and finishes to the Sommer´s near pos but the shot smacked right into the post.
Modric scored an absolute beauty but Varane was previoulsy on an offside position.
The goal came from a cross from Modric which was headed by Varane back to Modric who then striked to the top corner.
The way Modric is playing today is delightful.Embed from Getty Images
The referee adds one more minute
Real Madrid take the lead at halftime.
Tremendous first part of Madrid with a brace from Benzema. Borussia Monchengladbach´s left wing looks like a highway. Real Madrid players drive the ball as they most like without any difficulties.
In this instance, Real Madrid would end up as the leaders of the group whilst Borussia would take the second place and Shakhtar would play Europa League if the scoreboards do not change.Embed from Getty Images
Lucien Favre makes the first two substitutions. In a hurry to score an early goal.
Benzema is very close to score a hattrick and all of them wih his head.
Rodrygo is on fire and doesn´t care who he has to dribble.
Firstly, Modric drives forward to then cross the ball which is cleared by the Borussia defence to Toni Kroos feet. The German takes a shot from outside the box but sends it to the clouds.
Plea pulled one back. However, the linesman raised his flag.
Madrid are lucky as the striker was on a one on one against Courtois.
Borussia are now pressing high in search for a defensive error but Madrid are delighting everone with their play. It will be difficult for the away team to level it up.
Sommer avoids Kroos from extending the scoreboard. The midfielder smashes the ball from the edge of the box right into the right top corner but Sommer flies and deflects it to corner.
Plea has another chance to shorten the score. The ball gets cleared but ends up on Plea´s feet who sends it wide.
Benzema delivered a through ball to Vinicius who is inside the box preferes to pass it back to Benzema instead of taking the shot.
Lack of confidence in his shooting ability?
Great play from Madrid.
Modric on a one two with Rodrygo who takes the shot from the edge of the box but unfortunetely for the player goes too wide.
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Sommer streches as much as he can to Ramos header and the deflection goes to Benzema who then strikes and smashes it into the crossbar.
Double chance for Madrid who are playing like Gods.
Arribas will make his senior debut and what a match to do so.
What do they have to do to score a goal?
Lucas Vazquez delivers to Benzema who then gives it back to the Spanish player. Vazquez feints and shoots but hits the post again.
Another double substitution from the German club
Denis Zakaria gets booked after clashing with Kroos in a jump.
Another save from Sommer to Benzema.
Once again from the right wing a cross is delivered and Benzema tries scoring his third header of the night.
Two more minutes for the game to end
Real Madrid advance to the next round and so will Borussia Monchengladbach. Outstanding performance from Zidane´s team who could have scored at least five goals tonight.
Despite the loss, Borussia will sleep comfortbaly tonight as they advance too to the knock out stages.